The Raincoast Conservation Society held an event in Vancouver last night about the proposed Enbridge oil pipeline. Living in British Columbia, it’s easy to take the beauty that we see every day for granted. The proposed Enbridge Pipeline is a threat to that beauty on a scale that cannot even be measured.
Enbridge proposes to build a pipeline from the Alberta Oil Sands, through 3 sets of mountain ranges and have it exit out on the coast of British Columbia. Once built, the plan to get the oil from Alberta to Kitimat on British Columbia’s centre coast goes like this. A chemical compound will be pushed from the coast of BC through the 3 foot diameter pipeline back to the Oil Sands where it will then be mixed with the oil to make it more viscous for pumping. The oil compound will then be pushed back via the pipeline to the coast and 3 oil tankers a day (these oil tankers are also the biggest oil tankers IN THE WORLD) will pick up the oil, transport it through the narrow channels, First Nations Lands, currents, inclement weather out to the open ocean going either to California or to the East through vast expanses of open, rough ocean. Sound like a recipe for disaster?!!!!
I have been researching and participating in the fight against this pipeline for a number of reasons – first and foremost because the amazing array of wildlife that call Big Bear home (grizzlies, whales, birds, black bears, salmon…..) do not have a voice. It is absolutely mind boggling when you see any footage from that beautiful and sacred place to imagine all of that covered in oil. And how would they clean it up if the unthinkable happened? Please take a look at that map – there is no way any type of rescue operation could realistically get up in time to save anything….it could all be gone in the blink of an eye. And for what? What amount of money can be measured against the natural world that sustains us? The symbiotic relationship we have with the earth enables us to sustain life.
I would like to provide some information for anyone interested in learning about the potential possibilities of disaster if this pipeline goes through- the long term ramifications it will have for our wildlife, province and the Pacific Ocean.
The Raincoast Conservation Society is a society of conservationists and scientists who study and report on various ecological issues. Their report, “What’s At Stake”, discusses the ramifications of Enbridge building a pipeline through BC and is available on their website for download. Raincoast is one of many groups that are uniting together to put a stop to this pipeline – no means no.
Proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline and Tanker Route