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I’m scared:’ Snuneymuxw shares grave concerns about Trans Mountain pipeline – Nanaimo News NOW

by ahnationtalk on December 6, 201839 Views

NANAIMO — Snuneymuxw First Nation have thrown their voice behind a push against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

Elders Geraldine and Gary Manson spoke on Wednesday to the National Energy Board, who’s consulting Indigenous bands about the pipeline. The hearing is part of an ongoing environmental review, in response to the Federal Court of Appeal rejecting the pipeline expansion over a lack of Indigenous consultation.

Gary Manson told the three-member panel he couldn’t fathom what Snuneymuxw’s world would look like if there was a major spill or the projected increase to shipping through the Salish Sea deciminated the killer whale population.

“I’d carry the sadness to my grave,” he said. “It would be like losing my children, it would be that difficult and unimaginable.”

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