My ex-Durham colleague Jennifer Bagelman and Sarah Marie Wiebe discuss the Northern Gateway Pipelines Project in The New York Times. They suggest the pipeline would function more as a border than a gateway:
If completed, this border would cut across indigenous territory, interfering with the land use of more than 50 First Nations communities, including members of the Coastal First Nations and Yinka Dene Alliance. Environmental groups like Forest Ethics and the Wilderness Committee warn that the pipelines would disrupt and displace the lives of people and other creatures, jeopardizing grizzly bears, caribou and salmon. Even before construction, the prospect of a pipeline is dividing people in a debate framed as jobs vs. environmental protection.