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Sep 13, 15

Indigenous Actions and Blockades in the Pacific Northwest Continue

From Warrior Publications
Compiled by It’s Going Down

In opposition to drilling for natural gas, indigenous people on Lelu island have continued an encampment to stop the project. They write:

September 12, at approximately 7am, the drilling vessel Quin Delta (contracted out of Gregg Marine in California by Petronas/PNW LNG and Prince Rupert Port Authority) attempted to drill in Agnew Bank, on the northwest edge of Flora Bank. Gitwilgyoots members of the Lax Eula (Lelu Island) occupation camp approached the workers on the vessel to explain that no drilling has been permitted and that all drilling activities must cease.

The workers on the vessel then desisted from drilling. However, a barge pulled by the tugboat Cadal from Wainwright Marine Services out of Prince Rupert dropped markers in the water to prepare for further unauthorized work. Throughout the day the Quin Delta then attempted to remove equipment that had been installed in the ocean floor, requiring the use of a bucket-loader on a barge and a crane barge. Both attempts were unsuccessful due to mechanical failure. Prince Rupert Port Authority and other contractor and surveyor boats shuttled back and forth throughout the day as well, using the Glacial Mist Water Taxi out of Trend Marine Services in Prince Rupert. As of 9pm the vessel and equipment still appear to be immobilized on the bank due to mechanical failure.

While this was happening on the water, over 30 people came out from many different nations to show their support for defense of Lax Eula. Amongst these were Gitxsan hereditary chiefs who came from Madii Lii and surrounding areas to show support and share their experiences fighting the pipeline upriver. We are building friendships and solidarity across the entire Skeena watershed.

We expect the drilling boat to attempt work on the bank again tomorrow. We continue to need additional boats on the water, and people on the island, as we have been told that helicopters may attempt to land for on-island drilling.

More info here.

Meanwhile, Warrriors for Yaakswiss continue their blockade of a Cermaq salmon fish farm that the company is trying to put into operation. One video text reads:

People around the world have tried to protect their home waters from salmon farms for 20 years. On September 9, 2015 Ahousaht people stepped onto a fish farm as it was trying to anchor to their territory and told the crew to leave.

Continue to check Warrior Publications for more info.

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