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15. Novermber 2015
Premierminister Trudeau lässt ein formelles Verbot des Öltankerverkehrs entlang der Nordküste von BC ausarbeiten – das Ende des Northern Gateway-Projektes rückt näher
Am 13. November 2015 ordnete Premierminister Trudeau den kanadischen Transportminister Garneau an, ein Moratorium des Öltankerverkehrs entlang der Nordküste von BC zu erarbeiten. Sollte dieses Moratorium zustande kommen, wäre dies das endgültige Aus für das Enbridge Northern Gateway-Projekt, denn mit einem Verbot des Öltankerverkehrs entlang der Küste von BC würde der Pipelinebau nach Kitimat keinerlei Sinn mehr machen.
Im Minister of Transportation Mandate Letter von Trudeau vom 13.11.2015 an den Minister of Transportation heißt es unter anderem: „In particular, I will expect you to work with your colleagues and through established legislative, regulatory, and Cabinet processes to deliver on your top priorities: … Formalize a moratorium on crude oil tanker traffic on British Columbia’s North Coast, working in collaboration with the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Minister of Natural Resources and the Minister of Environment and Climate Change to develop an approach … “
Zu dieser geradezu sensationellen Entscheidung schrieb Mychaylo Prystupa am 13.11.2015 im National Observer unter dem Titel „Trudeau orders oil tanker ban that could kill Northern Gateway“: “ Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a set of fossil fuel directives to his cabinet ministers Friday that included instructions to end oil tankers transits on B.C.’s northern coast — a move that observers say could finally kill the long embattled Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline proposal. ‘This ban ends the dangerous Northern Gateway pipeline,’ said ForestEthics campaigner Karen Mahon in Vancouver. ‘Without tankers, crude oil has no place to go — and that means no pipelines, no oil trains moving tar sands to the northern BC coast.’ The controversial pipeline has been dogged for years by protests, opposition at federal pipeline hearings, and powerful Indigenous resistance. In October, eight B.C. First Nations went to federal court in a legal attack to stop the project. The coalition hopes to overturn the previous Harper government's conditional approval of the project in June 2014. A total of 18 First Nations lawsuits were filed. The Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs Grand Chief Stewart Phillip said Friday he was pleased the Liberals fulfilled the tanker ban promise made in the election… ‘Without a means to convey the bitumen to Asian markets, Enbridge's Northern Gateway's proposal is literally dead in the water,’ said Grand Chief Phillip. Up in Kitimat, where the pipeline would terminate, the citizens group Douglas Channel Watch said they are thrilled by Trudeau’s announcement. ‘We’re tickled pink. I can hear the champagne bottles popping,’ said Kitimat retiree Dave McRae with the group. ‘This moratorium could be a lid on the coffin for Northern Gateway, but let’s hope that [Trudeau's directive] nails it down.’ The group had campaigned hard with volunteers going door to door in 2014 to urge residents to vote ‘no’ to the project in a municipal plebiscite. Citizens voted 58 per cent against the project at the time.
But, McRae warned, the moratorium's wording so far suggests it will only apply to crude oil tankers —not Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) tankers. The region is expecting a surge in hundreds of LNG tankers should terminals in Prince Rupert and Kitimat get green lighted…”
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