Today marks the start of a five day hearing process about the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline. About 330 speakers will have 10 minutes each to address the panel responsible for reviewing the $6-billion Enbridge project.
A couple years ago Canadian musician City and Colour wrote the song “At The Bird’s Foot”, a beautiful song that I only heard for the first time last week. Originally written in response to the oil spill in the Gulf, it’s a telling reminder of all that can go wrong when we push economics over environmental protection – the leading concern by British Columbia citizens as the Enbridge project moves forwards.
Earlier this year, Enbridge was widely chastised over a video they created about the “safety” of the pipelines in which they left out approximately 1,000 square kilometres of islands. (Check out the images in the Vancouver Sun of the significance of the misleading Enbridge map).
At The Bird’s Foot can be found on the iTunes release of “Little Hell”, or on the compilation album “Gasoline Rainbows (which also features songs by Damien Rice, the National, The Black Keys, and Vampire Weekend).
For those located in Vancouver, there will be a demonstration against the pipeline today held at Victory Square (Cambie and Hastings) starting at 5pm.