Pipeline issues to be addressed

The Kelowna chapter of the Council of Canadians will host a panel discussion and strategy session on Friday, Nov. 16, about the proposed pipelines that will move fossil fuels through B.C. communities.

The forum will start at 7 p.m. in Room H-115 at Okanagan College, 1000 KLO Rd.

The panel will feature Maryam Adrangi, an energy campaigner with the Council of Canadians, and Sven Biggs. with the Tanker Free BC group.

The three proposed pipelines—Enbridge Northern Gateway, Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain, and the Pacific Trails Pipeline—will move fossil fuels across rivers and streams to B.C.’s West Coast to be shipped across the Pacific Ocean.

The panel will talk about the potentially devastating environmental impacts of these massive pipeline projects, which will move tar sands crude to B.C.’s coastline where it will be loaded into supertankers and shipped through precarious waters to new markets.

“People across the province are organizing and fighting back to stop the expansion of these dangerous projects,” said Karen Abramsen with the Council of Canadians.

“We are inviting people to join us for a panel discussion and strategy session to learn more about how we can build solidarity among the struggles to protect our communities, water and land.”

Sven Biggs is the campaign director for Tanker Free BC, a non-profit group dedicated to stopping tar sands exports through a full ban on crude oil tanker traffic on Canada’s west coast.

Currently, the campaign is focused on building opposition to Kinder Morgan’s new Trans-Mountain pipeline proposal by engaging impacted communities.

Through a combination of local grassroots organizing and new media communications tools, the group hopes to raise opposition to the pipeline proposals.

A recent rally against the pipelines saw more than 70 people gather in front of Kelowna-Mission MLA Steve Thomson’s office to express their opposition to the pipelines and increased tanker traffic on B.C.’s coastline.

Admission is free with a request for donations to  the local Council of Canadians chapter. For more information, call 250-769-4740.

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