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16 Jan 2012

Author:
Frank Seier, Right2Respect

Northern Gateway tarsands pipeline: The other unheard argument – human rights

The other unheard argument in the Northern Gateway debate…[is] what are the human rights risks inherent in the Northern Gateway project, and what will Enbridge do to address them? The joint panel review of the proposed pipeline is mandated primarily to receive submissions and make recommendations regarding environmental impacts...there is no specific reference to adverse impacts on human rights…However, as of June 2011, per the United Nations Protect, Respect and Remedy Framework and Guiding Principles…all companies have a social responsibility to respect international human rights…Canadians must demand that the potential human rights risks of the Northern Gateway pipeline be included in the project review process. Enbridge should be required to conduct a comprehensive HRIA [human rights impact assessment] that identifies those risks and the systems, procedures and financial resources it and the federal and provincial governments will put in place to minimize those risks, and mitigate and remedy any adverse human rights impacts that do occur. [also refers to BP]

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