You guys sure do jump to a lot conclusions, without facts to back them up. It’s like theatre of the absurd.
Read this article and follow up some of the links: < northcoastreview.blogspot.ca/201 … ation.html >.
A refinery in Rupert is not ‘a go’. The only announcement is that a group calling itself Pacific Future Energy associated with Grupo Salinas from Mexico has done some ‘pre-feasibility’ work and say they will now look at the ‘feasibility’ of refining tar from Alberta on the coast.
There is no evidence that any first nations support their idea, or that anyone has even talked to them.
The proponents (perhaps ‘promoters’ would be more accurate) have hired Shawn Atleo’s former deputy chief of staff as a front man, but that is not evidence of first nations support. Shawn Atleo is now former chief of the Assembly of First Nations, so his views, if he has any, have no relevance.
The proponents have also hired Christy Clark’s ex-husband, but that does not mean that the BC government supports the idea either. She has distanced herself from the issue. Black Press has an interesting story on this < thenorthernview.com/news/262594021.html >. The leader of the NDP - I’m sorry I forget his name - supports the Premier’s handling of the issue.
Of course the paper’s owner, David Black, has his own refinery proposal for Kitimat, but there is no evidence that any first nations support that either. He’s looking to the federal government to back one-third of the cost; it doesn’t look like Stephen Harper supports him either.
And then there is the Eagle Spirit (Calvin Helin and the Aquilini Group of Canucks fame) proposal to build a refinery. As discussed a while back in this thread, Art Sterritt of the Coastal First Nations says that a grand total of two small interior bands support the Eagle Spirit proposal. Mr Sterritt was quite dismissive.
In summary, there is no evidence that any first nations on the coast support any of the oil refinery ideas.
So let’s say we call off this nice little trip into la-la land and return to the world of hard facts. Hey did you the one about how the City has been fined $50,000 for a spill at Watson Island? Unfortunately that happens to be true < northcoastreview.blogspot.ca/201 … 50000.html >.