Monday, May 24, 2010

Help stop dirty oil pipeline to BC coast

Learning from the BP oil spill disaster
Stephanie Goodwin, Greenpeace: North America's largest pipeline company, Enbridge, is proposing to build a 1,170km pipeline that would carry dirty oil from the Alberta tar sands to the north coast of British Columbia, where over 200 oil tankers a year would ply through the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest. These are the same waters that the B.C. ferry 'Queen of the North' sank in in just a few years ago...

In response to the recent disaster, Enbridge CEO Pat Daniel said about bringing oil tankers to B.C.'s north coast: 'But can be promise there will never be an accident? No. Nobody can.'

These northern B.C. waters have never seen a crude oil tanker. If Enbridge is successful in their bid to build the proposed pipelines, the question won't be if a spill happens, it will be when and how big.

Coastal First Nations have declared that oil tankers carrying crude oil from the Alberta Tar Sands will not be allowed to transit our lands and waters. Three in four British Columbians want to legally ban crude oil tankers from our inside coastal waters. Keeping crude oil tankers off B.C.'s north coast was a scientific decision made in the public's best interest that has held up for over thirty years. The reasons for keeping crude oil tankers off the north coast have not changed.

Please support First Nations' declaration by telling Enbridge that their pipelines and oil tankers don't belong in British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest.

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