The Answer Is Still No

Voices of Pipeline Resistance

Edited by Paul Bowles and Henry Veltmeyer  

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The Answer Is Still No is an important, urgent book that compiles interviews with people who live along the route of the proposed Enbridge pipeline in Northern British Columbia. The oil pipeline and supertankers – linking the tar sands of Alberta to the demand of the growing Asian market – are a key component of Canada’s strategy of natural resource extraction. But for the people living along the proposed pipeline route, Enbridge poses a massive environmental risk, which threatens their way of life. This edited collection takes the passionate words and voices of twelve citizens and activists and results in one powerful position when it comes to blind economic development at the expense of our environment and communities: The answer is still “no.”

“The oil and gas industry has wanted into the west coast for decades. This is an ongoing struggle between the people who live here and have access to the marine resources now, the fish, and the industry, which wants in either for tanker traffic or offshore drilling. The government is on the oil industry side and they implement policies to weaken us.”

— Luanne Roth, Prince Rupert

“[There is] is a great saying: ‘If we don’t speak for the animals, the fish and the birds, who will?’ Simple, very simple, very to the point. And how could we give up something that our great-great-grandchildren will ask us one day ‘Why don’t we have this anymore? Why didn’t you stop this then?’ We don’t have a right to let that happen.”

— John Ridsdale, Hereditary Chief Na’Moks, Office of the Wet’suwet’en

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  • April 2022
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  • “… a compelling indictment of the state of contemporary resource politics…” - BC Studies: The British Columbian Quarterly

    — BC Studies: The British Columbian Quarterly (full review)

  • “By interviewing a range of people on a number of pipeline-related issues, Bowles and Veltmeyer have assembled a collection of voices that not only explain the inevitable impact of projects like Northern Gateway, but also give hope by showing us how effective resistance can and will put a halt to tar sands expansion and to other proposed pipeline projects.”

    — (full review)

  • “there is one certainty: the Enbridge pipeline will never be built.”

    — Angela V. Carter is an assistant professor at the University of Waterloo (full review)


  • Introduction
  • Karyn Sharp, Prince George
  • Jasmine Thomas, Saik’uz Traditional Territory
  • John Phair, Burns Lake
  • John Ridsdale, Hereditary Chief Na’moks, Wet’suwet’en First Nation
  • Pat Moss, Smithers
  • Nikki Skuce, ForestEthics
  • Shannon McPhail, Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition
  • Roy Henry Vickers & John Olson
  • Murray Minchin, Kitimat
  • Des Nobels & Luanne Roth, Prince Rupert


  • Paul Bowles

    Paul Bowles is a professor in economics and international studies at the University of Northern British Columbia

  • Henry Veltmeyer

    Research Professor, Development Studies Program, Autonomous University of Zacatecas, México

    Dr. Veltmeyer lived and worked for six years in south America before coming to Canada to pursue a doctoral program in Political Science and subsequently (in 1976) beginning his academic career in the Sociology Department at St. Mary’s University. He has participated in the university’s Atlantic Canada Studies program and founded the program in International development in 1985. He also served for eight years as Coordinator of this program in addition to eight years as chair of the Sociology Department. Currently he has an academic appointment in the PhD program of Development Studies at the Autonomous University of Zacatecas, Mexico and annually engages in an extended program of research and public lectures across Latin America. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Journal of International Development Studies and serves on the editorial board of Studies in Political Economy and a number of international journals in his major field of research-the political economy of international development. Dr. Veltmeyer conducts research, writes and teaches about diverse issues related to the political economy and sociology of development, with a particular focus on issues of Latin American development, globalization processes, government policies, alternative models and approaches and social movements. Since 2000 he has authored/co-authored and edited 13 books and 25 scholarly refereed articles that have been published in Canada, the US, the UK, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil and Ecuador. Several of these books, written in English or Spanish, have received awards and have been translated into other languages - among them Portuguese, Italian, Tugalese and German. In addition to these scholarly books, several of which have achieved international recog-nition and/or special awards and distinctions, 25 of Dr. Veltmeyer’s scholarly articles since 2000 have been published in some of the most prestigious academic journals in his field or by the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development. Places of publication include Canada, the US, the UK, Australia, Argentina, Mexico, the Netherlands and Switzerland

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