First Nations Reaction
When speaking with CKNW’s Simi Sara Art Sterrit with the Coastal First Nations says this is a sad day for future generations of British Columbians.
“How do we protect our land? How do we protect our water and our air from a project that we all know is so toxic that it’d literally wipe out everything that we stand for?”
“We oppose any pipeline that doesn’t end up in a Canadian refinery. I mean, once again, we’re just exporting jobs. So this is going to be a huge problem.”
“Well I think it’s a project that’s good for all Canadians so I’m not surprised the Prime Minister has approved it. Certainly Canada and BC have an abundance of natural resources and it’s really our obligation to ensure that we make the most of them to keep our standard of living where we seem to enjoy having it.”
Environmental Groups React
“We have more than 156,000 voters in support already without even getting out of the gate. It’s up to Premier Christy Clark whether she wants to bring that down and as long as she with-holds those permits, there’s no reason for us to launch a citizen’s initiative, but if she flip-flops and she starts issuing permits, we’ll have to consider next steps.”
The former mayor of Prince George is one of the biggest supporters of the pipeline. Colin Kinsley, who now chairs the Northern Gateway Alliance, told CKNW’s Simi Sara he’d like to see construction start within a year.
“It’s that important for our economy, both regionally, provincially and nationally.”
Meanwhile, the Joanne Monaghan mayor of Kitimat, one of the communities most impacted by this project, says she’s pleased a decision has finally been made, but that ” it’s due diligence for the district of Kitimat and the councillors make sure that those commitments for the 209 conditions and the five for the province, that they’re being met.”
In April, residents of Kitimat recently voted against approving the pipeline, but their wishes were not binding.