Stop the Expansion of Oil Supertankers in British Columbia's Coastal Waters

Between 2,700 and 3,199 litres of bunker fuel — the equivalent of about 7 barrels of oil — recently spilled into English Bay, Vancouver. While this spill may seem small in comparison to others, it leads us to an alarming conclusion.

With expansion of crude oil tanker traffic, spills like the one in English Bay will be more common and even bigger. Thousands of families and coastal livelihoods, cultures and diversity of life stand to suffer from a single major spill.

There are two major proposals to bring more and bigger oil supertankers to B.C.'s coast so that Alberta's oilsands crude can be shipped to China and Asia. If this is allowed to happen, most British Columbians would benefit little and B.C.'s resplendent coast would be threatened by oil spills.

The Alberta and federal governments are pushing for these tankers and are using a review process that's rigged in their favour. But B.C. has a history of defending its coast and an epic struggle is underway.

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.

Tell politicians to reject these proposals and stop the expansion of crude oil tanker traffic through B.C.'s coastal waters. It's time to unite in the protection of our coast and urge Parliament and the Legislature to stop endangering the environmental health of our coastal waters.
Dear [Decision maker],

We the signatories draw your attention to proposals by Enbridge, Kinder Morgan and CN Rail to expand crude oil tanker traffic through B.C.'s coast to ship oil to Asia, which would put B.C.'s abundant salmon rivers and coast at risk of oil spills. A single Exxon Valdez-like spill could jeopardize tens of thousands of families and livelihoods, entire cultures, and a spectacular diversity of life. That's why 70 First Nation 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 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 crude oil tanker traffic through B.C.'s coastal waters.

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