Stop Tar Sands

Jun. 29, 2014

Dear Enpipeliners and Friends,

As many of you know, on Jun. 17, the Canadian government approved Enbridge’s Northern Gateway tar sands pipeline. Some of us may experience grief. Although the approval is a step backwards, we also know that Enbridge does not plan to begin construction for another 12-15 months.

From 2010-12 you helped build the Enpipe Line, 70,000+ kilometres of poetry written in resistance to the Enbridge tar sands pipeline proposal. Since the release of the Enpipe Line:

  • You’ve helped raise thousands of dollars for an Ecojustice anti-pipeline lawsuit against the Canadian government–a lawsuit that was won.

  • You’ve built community and raised awareness at events across North America.

  • University students in Canada and the U.S. are learning about grassroots resistance to tar sands development and climate pollution by studying the Enpipe Line. Currently, the poem is being studied by a number of doctoral students too.

We hope you’re proud of your contribution and thank you for opposing the pipeline. The fight to protect the B.C. coast and our shared climate continues. Enbridge needs to bring First Nations and the majority of British Columbians who oppose Northern Gateway on side. A win based on support for the pipeline is unlikely, but that doesn’t mean Enbridge won’t continue to try to ram the project through clear majority opposition.

We see value in creative, grassroots campaigns that keep Enbridge and its attempt to mask the threat posed by its pipeline top of mind. People of all ages and walks of life oppose the pipeline, so we want to to keep the collaboration alive within our diverse Enpipe Line community.

Will you join us in continued creative resistance by pledging monthly action? We’ve set up a survey to help assess what our group looks like and which projects we’ll be able to pull off with greatest success. To keep collaborating, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/998GFJYand let us know what works best for you by Jul. 8. Please feel free to share this invitation with anyone who might be interested, or keep us posted about any creative projects that you’re working on.

To big ideas for a safe coast and stable climate!

Sincerely,

The Enpipe Line Editors

Jen Currin, Jordan Hall, Ray Hsu, Christine Leclerc, Melissa Sawatsky and Daniel Zomparelli


About Splabman

Poet/interviewer Paul Nelson:

Founded: SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB) & the Cascadia Poetry Festival

Wrote: American Sentences (2015), A Time Before Slaughter (2010) and Organic in Cascadia: A Sequence of Energies (Lumme Editions, Brazil, 2013). His 2015 interview with José Kozer was published in 2016 (Ranchos Press) as Tiovivo Tres Amigos.

Interviewed: Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Joanne Kyger, Robin Blaser, Anne Waldman, Ed Sanders, Diane di Prima, Nate Mackey, George Bowering, Brenda Hillman, among others
and is engaged in a 20 year bioregional cultural investigation of Cascadia, including the festival, a MOOC (Innovative Cascadia Poetry), interviews with Cascadia poets indigenous elders and activists, and the anthology Make It True: Poetry From Cascadia. Paul is co-editor of that anthology as well as 56 Days of August the poetry postcard anthology and writes an American Sentence daily.

*MOOC = Massive Open Online Course

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