Demonstration against the Northern Gateway Pipeline,
Comox, Vancouver Island, March 31, 2012

Here is a mosaic of my photos and two short video clips from this rally that took place outside of the community centre in which the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline hearings took place. It was not long after Prime Minister Harper tried to cast all the opponents of this pipeline and similar projects as dangerous radicals and extremists (see here, or here or here). This caused great displeasure among peaceful environmentalists many of whom were showing it also at this rally:

A peaceful pensioner, walking with great difficulty, reacts to being labelled a dangerous radical by the Prime Minister

Based on the area filled with the participants and assuming about 3 people per square metre, my estimate of the number of participants of this "Our Coast, Our Decision -- No pipelines, No tankers" rally was close to 2,000. This report of the Comox hearings/rally puts it at over 2,200.

Sea of highly creative posters rejecting the pipeline

Two short video clips illustrating the rally's atmosphere

If we eliminated all the energy waste that our society got accustomed to, no extraction of the tar sands oil should be needed. Even if one comes to the conclusion that more tar sands oil needs to be extracted (as a means to carry us over till alternative energy sources are developed), it does not make any sense, it is against the national interests of Canada, to export it all unrefined abroad, and destroy in the process the sensitive areas of the Northern BC. Especially when the already existing Edmonton-to-Vancouver Kinder Morgan pipeline is also proposed to be twinned and greatly expanded. Everything that is extracted in Alberta should be refined locally. No new pipeline must be built, and the moratorium on supertankers in BC waters must be made permanent. Projects of this scale should be decided by referenda.

More photos of this rally from other sources By Fireweed
Project Pipeline

More info, petition Documentary "Oil in Eden: The Battle to Protect Canada's Pacific Coast"
Dogwood Initiative: petition
Tanker Free BC

Booth of the No-Raven-Coal-Mine coalition

Backdrop of the demonstration site/Comox Valley

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