Pat Gauthier’s piece depicting the proposed route of the Northern Gateway pipeline through her property is currently on display in the Art Space gallery above Books and Company in Prince George as part of a group show called Pipe Up.
It is the ninth annual environmental art show in Prince George. Gauthier’s piece depicts her personal feelings in relation to the effect of the Enbridge pipeline crossing the ranch where she lives.
The pipeline crosses three water ways in the area, the Necoslie River, the Stuart River, and then Pitka Creek which runs the length of her 1,400 acre ranch.
If a spill did happen on the ranch Gauthier is concerned the cattle would not be able to drink water from Pitka Creek for years.
Where the pipeline leaves the ranch is on a a small acreage that she and her husband subdivided out of the ranch, to retire on.
Gauthier worries the view property will be reduced in value and the pipeline limits where the couple can locate buildings and move equipment around.
While there is some compensation Gauthier does not feel it is sufficient to be left with the abandoned pipe.