January 13, 2020

VANCOUVER - Responding to the NDP premier’s media statements Monday, the BC Ecosocialists reiterate our steadfast opposition to fossil fuel subsidies, fracking, and the steamrolling of the Indigenous rights of the Wet’suwet’en opposed to the Coastal GasLink fracked gas pipeline across their territory in northern B.C.

“It’s appalling that John Horgan would use his first press conference of 2020 to reassure Royal Dutch Shell and the rest of the multinational corporations invested in the $40 billion LNG and fracking carbon bomb in northern B.C.,” said BC Ecosocialists spokesperson Stuart Parker. “Our party will run candidates against every single MLA who continues to support a government that sends police after Indigenous land defenders for the profits of Big Oil and Gas.”

The proposed natural gas pipeline is to run from Summit Lake across northern B.C. to supply LNG export facilities in Kitimat, part of the new fossil fuel infrastructure proposed to supply LNG Canada’s $40 billion export megaproject. An estimated 80% of new oil and gas wells in Canada are fracked. Fracking has been banned in jurisdictions all over the world.

“Horgan seems blissfully unaware or unconcerned that municipalities across B.C. have declared climate emergencies,” said Parker. “If this NDP-Green government were serious about climate, we wouldn’t be spending another dollar on fossil fuel subsidies. We’d be investing in a massive Green New Deal for B.C. instead.”

On Monday afternoon, a new RCMP checkpoint on Wet’suwet’en territory was set up, blocking Indigenous people from accessing their own territory. Over the weekend, thousands participated in protests across B.C. and beyond in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en.