Thursday, July 1, 2010

Fighting the Enbridge Northern Gateway


In the wake of the gulf oil catastrophy and increased public awareness about the risks associated with oil infrastructure, the Enbridge corporation is fighting to keep their Northern Gateway project alive. The project proposes to build an oil pipeline from the Alberta tarsands through the Rockies and the entire province of BC to Kitimat on BCs northern coast where it would be loaded into tanker ships and transported to market. The pipeline which would cross both the Fraser and Skeena River systems could have potentially catastrophic effects on two of the most important salmon bearing rivers in the world, and in the landslide, avalanche and earthquake prone terrain of Northern British Columbia it would only be a matter of time before a catastrophic spill became a reality. Equally bad is the proposal to ship oil from Kitimat along the remote central coast of BC. The rivers of BCs central coast represent a vast wilderness refugia for wild salmon and steelhead. Twenty years after the Exxon Valdez the marine ecosystems effected by the spill have still not recovered. In the 21st century that is an unacceptable risk for BCs spectacular coastal ecosystems.

The folks at the Dogwood Initiative have been doing some great work to fight against the Northern Gateway project. Check out their website for more information

http://dogwoodinitiative.org/

Also, more information on a proposed ban on oil-tanker traffic along the BC coast in the Vancouver Sun

http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Ignatieff+promises+tanker+traffic+moratorium/3182540/story.html

1 comment:

Steve M said...

Those of you living in the beautiful Northwest may find this interesting. There is an oil spill in the Kalamazoo River in Michigan. Current estimates 19,500 barrels of oil leaked into tributary in Marshall. Witnesses smelled gas in town Monday Morning. This is a highly populated area. Please read the following articles.

http://www.battlecreekenquirer.com/article/20100727/NEWS01/307270007/1002/Oil+spill+affecting+wildlife

http://www.wkzo.com/news/articles/2010/jul/27/marshall-oil-spill-estimate-19500-barrels-may-have/