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FortStJames JRP Summary

FortStJames JRP Summary

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 Joint Review Panel HearingsFort St. James, July 19, 2012
Te National Energy Board’s Joint Review Panel (JRP) community hearings were heldin Fort St. James on July 19, 2012. In an attempt to provide you with a sense of whatis being said at these hearings, we have selected excerpts from the presentations andwill continue to do so through to the end of the community hearings in July. For thoseof you wishing to read the complete text of a statement, it is available on the JRPwebsite: gatewaypanel.review-examen.gc.ca/clf-nsi/prtcptngprcss/hrng-eng.html
“Just the construction o this pipeline and the greenhouse gas createdby the construction would more than oset any value ever created bythe pipeline itsel. Te damage done to our medicine and ood plantsand the eect on the animals during construction ar outweigh anybenets our territory and our people will ever get rom this project.Leaving a time bomb within our community to -- or our people towatch and wait to when it breaks -- not i it breaks, when it breaks-- would have -- add untold stress on our people who have sueredinnumerable oences against us over the years, would not be allowedand I don’t think our people should be subjected to any urther stresswhich would cause a urther decline in our population ater we’vealready lost approximately 90 percent o our people.”
– Chief Peter Erickson
“Te oil in Alberta has been locked in sand or millions o years. WeCanadians don’t have to use it all in one or two generations. Let usslow down, save some or coming generations. When we are askingthe questions: “Why don’t we rene oil here in Canada?”, we are toldit costs -- it is too expensive. But show us numbers. It is not cheap tobuild a pipeline, and shipping oil to China and back. On top o that,actor in the cost o cleanup ater a spill, the environmental impact,the loss o livelihood. Te act the pipeline will be let in the groundater its use is unreasonable to landowners and the province becauseo the pollution concerns.”
– Jorgen Christensen
“We have rated down the Bulkley and Stikine Rivers and camped andcanoed with our amily around many o the local rivers. We highlyvalue our rivers and the lie they oer. Other people here obviouslyvalue these gits. Some have travelled, some have missed work orhad to hire a babysitter to be here and at other public hearings, andsome weren’t able to make it at all because they still had to go towork. Tis is unlike representatives rom Enbridge or their oreigninvestors, who are all paid to promote their cause. Tis gives us anunequal playing eld. Te government also is happy to have oreigninvestment in this project but not allow oreign sources o undingor groups that value their living space. Tis, too, leads to an unequalplaying eld.”
– Louise Burgener
“I want to speak on behal o the Great Chie Kwah. Te salmon, therivers, the lakes, the ocean are all one. Te salmon unite the people,the waters and the land. For thousands o years, the salmon havesustained us. Now you come along and say you have a better plan orus, or the people, the lakes, the ocean, a pipeline. Progress. Your planshows your lack o respect or our traditions, or lie itsel. Tis isnot new to us. Te ur traders have come and gone. Te governmentexperts have mishandled land resources, sh and wildlie, orestry,environmental pollution. Tis continued mismanagement andpoisoning o our country puts us all in real danger. What is the globalplan or clean water? How do we t into it? What is the global plan orhealthy orests, or survival o all species? How does Enbridge plan tot into this? It doesn’t. o Enbridge, it doesn’t matter.
– Dennis Cumberland
“Tey always complain it’s too much money, too much inrastructureand not enough skilled labour to urther rene the bitumen in Alberta, in Canada, but I think we could do that. Te bottom line isthat they just want to push it out as quickly as possible. And within ageneration, most o the -- most o that easy to get to resource will begone, our environment will be ruined and the culture, especially o  Alberta and the First Nations there, will be ruined. I’ve been called alety and a radical or having this point o view, but here’s just someun little true conservative values. Behave like an owner. Get your airshare. Save or a rainy day. Slow down. Add value. Do one project at atime. So even with all the environmental concerns aside, strictly onan economically conservative angle, this is wrong. Add in the threatsto our environment, to our culture and to the way o lie o the Aboriginal peoples o this land, this is a non-starter, a wrong-headedidea that must and will be stopped.”
– Lionel Roy Conant
“Another reason that I’m opposed to this project is that I have noaith in the Enbridge Corporation. I’ve no aith in their ability toprevent a spill, to respond to a spill, and to put communities andenvironment beore their prot margins. Tey have been cavalierand dishonest in conversations with us in this community. Tey havebeen ound to be negligible in their handling o the Kalamazoo spillo 2010 yet come to our community expecting accolades or theircleanup eorts. Teir inormation was at best inaccurate, insucient,and dishonest, and at worst insulting and degrading to thosecommunity members who asked them questions.”
– Louise Evans-Salt
“Many ways, especially those medicine we get out o the land, berries,everywhere we use it. rapping, now, we’re already -- the boys aregetting ready, the trail or the all time to start trapping. We don’t just live on store or anything like that. We have to use our huntingand everything. each our young people. Even summer they’re all outwith us. What they’re going to do? Like, they taught us when we wereyoung. Our parents they taught us how to be trapping, shing andhunting. I think it’s our best that, i the pipeline, best is not to use --go through our land. We are very worried things happening today, nomatter what, everything always -- something happens. I think this isall I could say and thank you or listening to me, and hope or the bestor our young people, or the uture.”
– Betsy Leon
“We, as Aboriginal people, we live -- like Betsy said, we live o theland. We love to eat our moose meat, our bear meat, we love to pickour berries, we like to eat our sh and i the pipeline goes through,we’re not going to have any o that and how are we going to survive? You’ll continue destructing our country in Canada and our people aregoing to be -- our Aboriginal people are not going to be aring verywell because we live o the land and I would really like or the -- orall o you to really think about the destruction that is going to destroyour land here in Fort Saint James area.”
– Susan Crookes

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