Today’s share is an email that I just received from Forest Ethics regarding the law suit they have launched:
Dear Eldy,Big Oil and the Harper government have officially tied the knot. It’s now ForestEthics Advocacy and Co-Plaintiff Donna Sinclair vs. the Federal Government, the National Energy Board (NEB) and Enbridge Pipelines Inc.A Federal Appeals Court Judge recently ordered that Enbridge could join our lawsuit as a Co-Respondent. In its Motion to intervene, Enbridge argued that any delay in its plans to transport tar sands crude through its Line 9b pipeline—running from Sarnia to Montreal and through Toronto—would hurt its bottom line. In fact, they said their economic rights were at stake in describing their legal interest in the outcome of this lawsuit.
Enbridge’s position couldn’t be clearer: Profits trump YOUR DEMOCRATIC RIGHT to speak freely about tar sands pipeline projects at hearings conducted by the NEB.
Well, we have a message for Enbridge that they can’t bury under the weight of their hefty financial coffers. And we need your help to deliver it.
Spread the word by sharing this photo of an Enbridge Energy bill on Facebook, Twitter, and with your address book contacts. Better yet, if Enbridge is your energy service provider, please get out your monthly bill and write your own message! You can add it to our Facebook album or email it to us and we’ll add it for you. We will then send all the pictures we receive to Enbridge’s headquarters in Calgary.
The fact that Enbridge has gone to the trouble of joining our lawsuit means they’re worried. And justifiably so. If we win in the Federal Court of Appeal, two things happen:
- The new rules that make it so difficult for Canadians to apply to participate in NEB public hearings on pipeline projects—not just Enbridge Line 9b but all pipeline projects across Canada—get axed.
- The NEB hearings process on Line 9b will be re-opened and the agency will be required to give everyone the chance to voice his or her concerns about this project.
We may be the underdog in this fight but that makes us no less likely to succeed, as the legendary story of David and Goliath proves. Canada’s best-known constitutional lawyer Clayton Ruby is representing us and thanks to your generosity, we’ve now raised $150,000 to offset a number of costs related to this suit.
Please take action today! Either share our photo or post your own now and let Enbridge know that you will not be silenced!
Tzeporah Berman Board Member, ForestEthics Advocacy
P.S. Need another reason to take action? In September the Federal Government made a $100 million gift to Enbridge by announcing that it plans to research and model the complex waterways in the Kitimat and Hecate Strait region: the area next to the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline terminus.1 Your tax dollars are subsidizing Enbridge’s tar sands plans while they throw money at silencing your voice. Please take action now!
ForestEthics Advocacy vs. Enbridge and the Fed