Oil Spill on the Northern BC Coast
It takes only ONE mistake!
Not If. When!
It is not the matter of ‘IF’ a super tanker, a behemoth of the seas 350 metres long and 60 metres wide, will accidently discharge bitumen in Northern B.C. waters, it is the perverbial WHEN. Regardless of how well both Enbridge and the Canadian Government prepare for the inevitable, vast coastline areas will be effected – for decades to come as witnessed at Valdez on Prince William Sound. Many species of wildlife and marine life will be lost, many of them forever.
Enbridge proposed oil tanker route through Douglas Channel, in the very heart of the Great Bear Sea, is total insanity. A proposal by a corporation without any conscience what-so-ever toward the environment or ecology or the peoples who inhabit the area.
Douglas Channel: It’s more than just a map.
Steven Greenaway, Enbridge vice-president of public and government affairs, has stated, “If we did not believe that the movement of petroleum goods could be done safely, either in a pipeline or by vessel, we would not have proposed the project.” “Enbridge has a detailed and professionally developed Marine Safety Plan which states that through a combination of double-hulled tankers and high marine standards including escort tugs and third-party tanker inspections, risks will be mitigated. The marine plan also calls for a massive investment to improve the first-response capability along our coast.”
Mitigated – made less severe or painful, lessened in force or intensity.
“Risks will be mitigated.” Sorry, that is not good enough. There is no mitigation in the event of a dilbit bitumen spill on the B.C. North Coast. None of the “mitigations” Enbridge has outlined will be of any consequense or aid in any way to lessen the chances of an oil spill from a super tanker in the Douglas Channel route Enbridge has proposed. One Mistake! -One Miscalculation! -One Error in Judgement! – and it is near total annihilation for the ecology and natural economy of the entire North Coast.
Both Enbridge and the Canadian Conservative Government under Stephen Harper are willing to sacrifice the British Columbia North Coast for the sake of exporting Tar Sands Bitumen to China and other parts of Asia.
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