Right now, three proposals threaten to bring more and bigger oil supertankers to B.C.'s coast. If this happens, most British Columbians would benefit little and B.C.'s resplendent coast would be threatened by oil spills. A single Exxon Valdez-like spill would be catastrophic to thousands of families and coastal livelihoods, cultures and wildlife on our coast.
For example, Enbridge, Inc. wants to build two 1,100 km pipelines to Kitimat, B.C., where oil would be loaded onto 225 oil supertankers each year that would make their way through the narrow channels and fjords of the Great Bear Rainforest.
We can't eliminate oil spills and we can't predict them. Let's not take the chance of devastating our home with oil activity that would create more risk than it would B.C. jobs.
Sign our petition, which recognizes the authority of these First Nations to reject the projects, and ask the governments of Canada and British Columbia to stop these dangerous oil proposals.
We the signatories draw your attention to proposals by Enbridge, Kinder Morgan and CN Rail to expand oil supertanker traffic through B.C.'s coast to ship oil to Asia, which would put B.C.'s abundant salmon river and coast at risk of oil spills. A single Exxon Valdez-like spill could jeopardize thousands of families and livelihoods, entire cultures, and a spectacular diversity of life. That's why 70 FIrst Nations communities banned these types of projects via the Coastal First Nations and Save the Fraser declarations, which an array of citizens are recognizing as an opportunity to unite in protection of our shared coast and advance a reconciliation between First Nations and the rest of B.C. and Canada,
Your petitioners recognize these declarations and the authority exercised therein, and call upon Parliament and the Legislature to use whatever means are available to stop the expansion of oil supertanker traffic through B.C.'s coastal waters.
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