People's Hearing on the Tar Sands Pipeline

A community-based response to Enbridge's line 9 phase I proposal

Natalie Caine’s statement

I want to express my support for those gathering in London, Ontario tomorrow, and to the communities across the county that are standing up against Tar Sands oil and pipelines.

If we allow governments to approve Tar Sand pipeline projects, then we all become responsible for the death and displacement that will only accelerate globally as a result of climate change.

If we allow these pipeline projects to move forward, we then become responsbile for the poisoning of communities downstream from the Tar Sands, for the infringements on indigenous rights, and the ongoing threats to the natural world.

People around the world are waking up and saying “not on my watch”. Me included. How could we stand by and allow big oil to continue profiting from destruction and human rights infringements, while we have the ability to create an Energy Revolution and invest in a safer, greener, energy future.

It’s time to seperate oil and state. It’s time we start sticking up for indigenous communities for exercising their rights. Since we have a choice between Tar Sands destruction and a world fuelled by green energy, nobody except oil companies would choose Tar Sands expansion. In other words, in every sense we simply can’t afford a Tar Sands future.

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