Enbridge Inc. wants to build a controversial pipeline that would carry oil from the tar sands in Alberta to a port in British Columbia.
The pipeline would travel nearly 1,170km to B.C.'s northern coast, destroying wilderness and First Nation homelands in its wake. Oil would then be loaded on tankers to navigate through perilous waters, endangering hundreds of local animals to oil spills and pollution.
If allowed, the Enbridge Inc. pipeline project would: Fragment the boreal forest, home of Woodland Caribou and Grizzly Bears. Expose the Great Bear Rainforest, endangering Canada's wolves and iconic Spirit Bears. Threaten 29 Important Bird Areas teeming with marine birds, fish and other marine wildlife like whales with the possibility of an devastating oil spill. Risk irreversible harm to the livelihoods of many coastal and aboriginal communities.
Canada's wildlife is depending on us to speak up on their behalf and put a stop to the Northern Gateway Pipeline project before it's too late.
I am deeply concerned about the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline Project and the threat it poses to coastal communities, caribou herds, seabird colonies and other wildlife in British Columbia.
The area between Haida Gwaii, Vancouver Island and the coast of northern British Columbia is a truly rare piece of paradise, a special place that supports internationally renowned populations of seabirds within more than 30 important bird areas, and it's home to a rich diversity of other wildlife, including sea otters, killer whales, and seals.
I do not believe that a proposed pipeline that would carry oil from the tar sands to a port at Kitimat, British Columbia, would be in the public interest. After travelling nearly 1,170km through pristine wilderness and First Nations homelands, tar sands oil would be loaded on tankers bound for Pacific markets. To get there, they must first navigate the perilous northern B.C. coast, travelling the same waters where the Queen of the North ferry sank in 2006.
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I urge you to put a stop to the Northern Gateway Pipeline Project and prevent an environmental disaster on one of Canada's pristine yet fragile coasts.
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