Churches take pipeline views into the pulpit – by Clare Clancy (Victoria Times Colonist – August 15, 2012)posted in Canadian/International Media Resource Articles, Oil and Gas Sector-Politics and Image |
United Church publicly opposes Northern Gateway project
Rev. Logan McMenamie is speaking out against the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline, saying it doesn’t respect the interconnectedness of living things. McMenamie, of Christ Church Cathedral on Burdett Avenue, is one of many religious leaders across Canada focusing on the pipeline – something McMenamie says concerns “the sanctity of the Earth.”
“What I preached on was my own perspective,” he said of his Sunday sermon, adding that he doesn’t speak on behalf of the Anglican Church of Canada. “I think [the sermon] resonated with many in the congregation.”
He’s not alone in bringing the debate to a religious forum. On Tuesday, the United Church of Canada decided to publicly oppose the project. The pipeline proposed by Calgary-based Enbridge Inc. would do severe environmental damage, traversing waterways where salmon spawn, said Ray Jones, the chair of the church’s aboriginal ministries council. And the potential for an oil spill in the port of Kitimat is very real, he said.“The current federal government along with the provincial government of Alberta are doing everything they can to make sure the construction of the Northern Gateway pipeline goes through,” Jones said in Ottawa on Tuesday.
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