Enbridge vote coming to Regional District

Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine board members will be voting about a stance on Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Pipeline project.

  • Aug. 19, 2012 7:00 a.m.

Board members of the Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine (RDKS) will be voting about whether or not to support Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Pipeline project September 21.

This came after a surprise motion was introduced at the end of the last RDKS meeting August 10 by elected board member David Brocklebank, who represents the Telegraph Creek electoral district.

The motion, which asked board members whether or not to “oppose Enbridge” came as a surprise as Brocklebank brought it up at the meeting’s end without first giving notice to other board members.

It was delayed by city councillor and RDKS director Bruce Bidgood, who said he feared the motion’s meaning would be lost upon a convoluted conversation that followed.

“I just felt it was time we made our position known, one way or the other, even if it is to remain neutral.” said Brocklebank about why he chose to spring the motion on fellow directors.

Bidgood, who had a hand in crafting a motion for Terrace’s city council with a similar intent, said he tabled it until the next meeting because he feared it would be voted out on a technicality.

“Sometimes the fastest way to kill a very good motion” is by not being clear about the message being sent with that motion, he said.

Brocklebank said the motion may need to be amended and the directors need to get the opinions of their constituents before voting on it.

Back in April, the regional district board received a letter from the Wet’suet’en First Nation asking the board to take a stand against the pipeline, he explained.

The letter was received for information only so the board could evaluate how it wanted to vote on the issue, he said.

In the May and June board meetings, other issues came up that took priority so Brocklebank brought the motion up unannounced at the next possible board meeting, which was in August – there was no July regional district meeting.

Now that the motion is made, it will be on the agenda and Brocklebank will submit an explanation about it that he wants put on the agenda so the other directors can read it before the September meeting, he said.

When the motion comes up for debate at the meeting next month, Brocklebank can move for an amendment to it, if someone else seconds it, he added.

“I will tell you my amendment is we encourage Enbridge to look at alternatives, “ said Brocklebank.

“The Northern Gateway bitumen pipeline is what really upsets me with what could happen to our environment.”

Enbridge’s safety record lately isn’t that great, he added.

“Things seem to be falling apart in their pipeline system and I’d hate to see that happen in a new pipeline 20 years from now,” said Brocklebank.

“If it breaks, it affects the whole northwest, not one particular area,” he said, adding that a pipeline rupture would send bitumen into the Nechako system and would go all the way down the Fraser River to Vancouver.



Just Posted

UPDATE: No injuries following fire at Terrace seniors’ complex

Old Skeena Bridge is reopened following a fire at Twin River Estates

Ice Demons returning to CIHL for 2018-2019 season

Central Interior Hockey League will return with five teams after shrinking last season

B.C. declares state of emergency as more than 560 wildfires rage

This is only the fourth state of emergency ever issued during a fire season

30-year old woman charged in Scott Avenue homicide

Mila-Ann Watts faces charges of second-degree murder and attempted murder

Gitxsan chiefs ‘close’ territory to recreational fishery

DFO will not enforce the conservation measure that rejects data from Tyee Test Fishery

Interim GoFundMe payments approved in Humboldt Broncos crash

$50,000 to be given to each of the 13 survivors and each family of the 16 people who died

Altidore nets 3 as Toronto drubs Whitecaps 5-2

Vancouver falls 7-4 on aggregate in Canadian Championship final

Ottawa intervenes to get B.C. ball player, 13, to Little League World Series

Before immigration issue was resolved, Dio Gama was out practicing the game he loves Wednesday

Pet goldfish invades small B.C. lake

Pinecrest Lake is located between Whistler and Squamish

Chinese medicine practitioner in B.C. facing historical sex assault charges

71-year old Kit Wong practiced acupuncture from his home during the time of the assaults

Quebec sets aside $900 million for companies hurt by U.S. tariffs

Premier Philippe Couillard says his government will make $863 million available over five years

B.C. woman set for trial in Alberta as animal cruelty investigation continues in home province

Karin Adams was discovered with eight dogs in Alberta weeks after having 16 dogs seized in Quesnel

B.C. company patents Sasquatch, the country’s first homegrown hops plant

Created by Hops Connect, Sasquatch hops are being grown commercially for the first time in B.C.

Most Read