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I find it difficult to believe that people believe that Enbridge will be in a position to safegurard the lands they pass through. On Monday morning on CBC Rafe Mair raised the fact that there is an oil spill on average every two years along the BC coast, and that is without the new tankers that will come as a result of thenew pipeline. The following story about how Enbridg has worked with the First Nations in the north bears some reading.
How Enbridge Sawed Off Good Relations with BC First Nations ()for the full story click on the link)
The Calgary-based pipeline company Enbridge had contracted the job to an international engineering and consulting firm named AMEC, which, in 2006, sent survey members into old-growth forest dense with Sitka spruce and Western red cedar.
Covered by thick moss and ferns, this area, about 700 kilometres north of Vancouver, is literally a living museum of First Nations history.
Scattered throughout the forest are deeply notched tree trunks where Haisla peoples once stripped bark for their baskets, or took planks to build their homes.
Carbon-date these culturally modified trees, Haisla leaders say, and you can establish native land claims dating back hundreds, even thousands, of years.
What followed over the next five years was a blueprint for how not to engage with native communities, an incident that to this day remains unresolved.
The picture that emerges, and from several milestones like it, is a decade-long First Nations consultation process fraught with errors and missteps.
And with historic public hearings on the $5.5 billion Northern Gateway pipeline just begun last week on Haisla territory, some observers think Enbridge may be in a much more precarious legal position than most people are aware.