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Pipeline Dispute: Delicate Decisions Ahead, with Much at Stake: Ken Coates in The Epoch Times – MLI

by ahnationtalk on March 5, 202056 Views

March 4th, 2020

What is at stake in the current pipeline dispute?

Few episodes in Canada’s recent past have attracted national and global attention as have the anti-pipeline protests and rail blockades in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs. Fuelled by well-financed and media-wise environmental organizations and accelerated by legitimate Indigenous frustrations and internal political dynamics, the recent imbroglio has brought potent political and economic forces together in what has the makings of a perfect storm.

While there has been some movement toward ending the blockades and while a tentative deal to end the pipeline dispute is supposedly forthcoming, there can be no mistaking that this situation is more broad and complex than one pipeline or one agreement.

In summary, here are some of the basic realities. Environmental groups have targeted Canada’s energy sector, correctly identifying the government’s vulnerability on energy production and delivery. Five Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs are asserting their right to make decisions regarding their traditional territories, a position that has solid legal foundations but has not yet been clarified in practice or legitimized by formal community endorsement. The protesters do not represent all, or even many, Indigenous peoples; many are non-Indigenous anti-pipeline advocates who associate the two causes to gain media attention and delay construction activity.

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