Five hours west of Prince George BC, members of the Unist’hot’en clan of the Wet’suwet’en nation have set up a direct action camp to defend their land, water and way of life from pipeline developments.
The Pacific Trails Pipeline (PTP) would transport natural gas from fracking in north eastern BC to the coastal Kitimat LNG terminal. Seen as a ‘trail blazer’ project, this would clear the way for other massive projects, such as opening a corridor between the Alberta tar sands and the pacific ocean. Other companies already proposing pipelines include: Pembina, Kinder Morgan and Enbridge. All these pipelines aim to increase the oil and gas production for export to asian and american markets resulting in a large spike in oil tanker traffic that would threaten the entire coastal region. The Unist’hot’en have declared that none of these pipelines will cross their territory.
So far there have been two consecutive summer gatherings (2010/2011), the construction of a cabin at the action camp which stands right in the path of the planned pipelines, and early this month (Nov. 2011) Wet’suwet’en warriors set up a blockade to meet PTP on route and successfully turned them around. With actions and events starting Dec 9th in Vancouver, Prince George and elsewhere we will be continuing to escalate solidarity with this resistance.
The three major shareholders of the Pacific Trails Pipeline are Apache Canada Ltd. (40 per cent and operator), EOG Canada; formerly known as Enron (30 per cent) and Encana (30 per cent). These companies all have many offices and projects all over the world.
While this call out is focused specifically against the PTP, solidarity on Dec 9th means confronting destructive resource extraction projects in your own community as well. Solidarity means recognizing the threads between our struggles and understanding a collective self interest.
Towards free communities and total liberation from capitalism and the state.
– East Van Anarchists in Solidarity with Wet’suwet’en Warriors
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