For Immediate Release – Dec 16, 2015
Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories
Today, Rising Tide members staged a ‘pipeline build’ outside Trans Canada’s Coastal GasLink and Chevron’s Vancouver offices. The group used a theatrical presentation of satirical company “Frack-It, ‘natural’ gas” building an unwanted pipeline.
“The recent Paris climate talks have shown us that the world’s leaders will not save us from catastrophic climate change. It is clear that we must respect the sovereignty of indigenous people like the Unist’ot’en and Madii Lii who are committed to living with the land in a sustainable way,” says Raquel Tario of Rising Tide.
Following The BC Oil and Gas Commission’s conclusion that the August quake near Fort St John was caused by fracking, Rising Tide decided to build a pipeline in the offices of a company that has been promoting fracked gas, regardless of the Unist’oten’s and other First Nations’ land defenders not consenting.
The group also delivered a letter to Transcanada’s proposed fracked gas pipeline Coastal Gaslink’s project office in solidarity with the Unist’ot’en clan of the Wet’suwet’en Nation.
“We are drawing attention to the fact that Transcanada and Chevron’s presence on the territory is in direct violation of the Free, Prior and Informed Consent protocol that has been in place for thousands of years, and is recognized as a Right by the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples,” says Rising Tide in the letter.
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Photos and text of the letter delivered are available at www.risingtide604.ca.
Photos may be used with credit as follows: “Photo(s) by Murray Bush: flux photo.”
Rising Tide, Vancouver Coast Salish Territories is a grassroots environmental justice group committed to fighting the root causes of climate change and the interconnected destruction of land, water, and air.
The Unist’ot’en Clan of the Wet’suwet’en Nation have been saying no to gas pipelines on their territory that will be carrying fracked gas from the NorthEast for export. Neither Transcanada’s Coastal Gaslink nor Chevron’s Pacific Trail Pipeline is welcome on Unist’ot’en Territory. Hereditary Chief Knedebeas has been very clear that no pipelines will go through the land where a Healing Center was built this summer to welcome community members who are seeking to reconnect with their land.