Maude Barlow, Bill McKibben to Talk Oil and Gas Pipelines in Burnaby


Council of Canadians Chair Maude Barlow and founder Bill McKibben will lead a discussion about oil and gas pipelines and tankers in Burnaby this Thursday evening. The event is the second stop in a seven-city tour discussing a range of oil and gas pipeline proposals and associated tanker traffic, the Alberta Tar Sands, natural gas fracking in northeast BC and proposed Liquified Natural Gas terminals on BC’s coast.

Barlow raised these same, interconnected issues in her speech at the Defend Our Coast rally in Victoria earlier this week, arguing the public and First Nations need to think beyond the proposed Enbridge pipeline and focus on the bigger picture of emerging “Carbon Corridor” through northern BC and Alberta, which encompasses plans for multiple oil, gas and condensate pipelines, refineries and tankers.

Bill McKibben is the founder of the global climate change activist organization, and a leading voice against Trans Canada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline from the Alberta Tar Sands to refineries on the US Gulf Coast.

According to organizers, the event aims, “to raise awareness and build community solidarity and support in the fights to stop pipeline expansions in BC…The tour will help educate about the devastating environmental impacts of these massive pipeline projects, which will move tar sands crude to BC’s coastline where it will be loaded into supertankers and shipped through precarious waters to new markets.”

The tour continues on to Nanaimo for the Council of Canadians’ AGM and speeches by McKibben, financial author Linda McQuaig and Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs.

The final two events will take place in Smithers on Oct. 29 and Prince George on Oct. 30. Caleb Behn, an aboriginal law student from northeast BC and the subject of the film in production Fractured Land, will join Barlow on the stage for the these two northern BC events to discuss fracking in his territories.

Thursday night’s event in Burnaby takes place Alpha Secondary School, 4600 Parker Street. Doors open at 6 PM, program starts at 6:30. More info on the tour available here.


About Damien Gillis

Damien Gillis is a Vancouver-based documentary filmmaker with a focus on environmental and social justice issues - especially relating to water, energy, and saving Canada's wild salmon - working with many environmental organizations in BC and around the world. He is the co-founder, along with Rafe Mair, of The Common Sense Canadian, and a board member of both the BC Environmental Network and the Haig-Brown Institute.

5 thoughts on “Maude Barlow, Bill McKibben to Talk Oil and Gas Pipelines in Burnaby

  1. Good point Sol Diaz,

    FIPPA is so outrageous, and the complicity involved so offensive my sense of it is that it will be getting significant attention as a result.

    Expect delays maybe even alterations, but that is the best you can hope for under majority man.

  2. Why not take it a step further to bring awareness to Canadians about the Canada -China deal that PM Harper is closing October 31st. We need to stop this from the root. No tar sand expansion.

  3. Keep up the great work encouraging a broader scope beyond Enbridge.

    The threats we face are immense and far more complex then one single zombie proposal.

    Defend our Coast has a full agenda if they wish to succeed in being relevant ranging from Dilbit through LNG to offshore drilling.

    No alternative destinations such as Tsaawassen or Prince Rupert should be a acceptable compromise for dilbit pipelines

    LNG development should not be considered “clean” as business magazines write it up as dirtier than coal, so a clear responsible path to responsibly exploiting this resource is required, beginning with proper royalty regimes and having the science reflected in how we manage Fracking.

    Offshore drilling should be a non starter and it was awfully bold for the Fraser institute to release a pro drilling report on the day of the action, but that is what we are dealing with. A bold and aggressive agenda that will use every leverage point to their advantage.

    Once again great work Damien.

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