In 2018, Canada’s Federal Court of Appeal ordered the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project to stop construction. The National Energy Board (NEB)–who had approved the government-owned project–had made a “critical error,” the court said. They had failed to consider the impact more tankers would have on First Nations communities who rely on the ocean for food.
There had been no consultation with the Coast Salish people or the marine protection groups (including other government bodies) whose warnings about increased tanker traffic had been ignored.
Hoping to gather evidence to change the court’s ruling, the NEB asked First Nations to testify at the end of November or beginning of December. Each nation was given two hours to describe to them how the pipeline expansion would impact their communities.
There were 26 hours of public testimony for the Coast Salish and Nuu-chah-nulth nations who would be affected the most by an increase in oil tanker traffic. These audio testimonies and transcripts are now available online.
This post is a synopsis for anyone who hasn’t had the time to read the transcripts or listen to the audio testimony. It will include 30 screenshot quotes from the transcripts, seven photos, three maps, and a graph. There will also be three audio files including the sample above. Two are short, while the one at the end is over an hour long. I’ll provide a link to a Dropbox folder at the end of this post for access to all of the files (including more audio and transcripts).Continue reading