Tensions are rising at the Unis’tot’en Camp, centre of a determined six year “soft” blockade of the nexus point of Big Energy’s big plans to traverse British Columbia with a new network of oil and gas pipelines.
Last month, British Columbia’s Oil and Gas Commission gave Chevron the green light to begin clearing a path for its Pacific Trails fracked gas pipeline. That means fellers and road crews getting on the land to prepare the way through First Nations communities and territories, regardless of opposition.
Members of the Wet’suwet’en people who have steadfastly maintained the blockade site in northern BC say they’re worried by repeated helicopter overflights and the increasingly menacing behaviour of the RCMP.
Zoe Blunt is a long-time south Vancouver Island-based environment defender and organizer. She, WildCoast.ca and the Forest Action Network have worked to get people from down here up there to the Unis’tot’en Camp with their now annual Summer Caravan to Unis’tot’en Camp.
Zoe Blunt in the first half.
And; over the weekend, the solar powered Aerial Sea catamaran was in Victoria, the final stop of its Salish Sea Tour. The tour was an effort to educate, demonstrate, and popularize the notion of viable alternatives to oil and gas boating on the Salish Sea and elsewhere. It was also an effort, led by Aerial Sea’s skipper Simon Fawkes, and his allies at the Wilderness Committee, Tanker Free BC, Salish Sea Keepers and musician/activist Luke Wallace to shine a light on Kinder Morgan tar sands pipeline and tanker proposal that would see a ten-fold increase in tanker traffic through the Salish Sea.
Getting aboard the Aerial Sea with skipper, Simon Fawkes in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us, freshly returned from Vancouver’s massive Folk Fest, at the bottom of the hour to tell us how much fun she had, and perhaps bring us up to speed with some of the good goings on to be had around here in the coming week.
But first, Zoe Blunt and standing ground with the Wet’suwet’en at the Unis’tot’en Camp.