Why DO the People/First Nations/Communities NOT ACCEPT the recent approval of Kinder Morgan TMX pipeline and 408 tankers/year on our Salish Sea?
Here are a few reasons and facts:
- First Nations: The Tsleil-Waututh Nation and the Squamish Nation have both clearly stated their opposition to the proposal and have signed the Save the Fraser Declaration opposing the export of tar sands oil through their traditional territories. The Tsleil-Waututh Nation and Squamish Nation’s opposition is supported by the First Nations Summit and the Union of BC Indian Chiefs. No proper consultation has been done by the Federal or Provincial governments. TWN Sacred Trust
- Oil Tanker Accidents and Spills into the Marine Environment: Approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion would result in 408 tankers a year full of bitumen, more than one a day, an increase in oil tanker traffic (currently 70 tankers) in Burrard Inlet and through the Salish Sea. One tanker accident could be catastrophic and put endangered orcas and humpback pods at risk, these whales would dwindle to extinction. (i.e. Orca Pod AT1 – no calves in 27 years due to Exxon Valdez) All marine life would be devastated and the destruction of our coastline would take generations to recover, if ever. We are woefully unprepared to deal with a major spill of oil. (i.e. Apr 8/14 bunker fuel spill). Georgia Strait Alliance .
- Pipeline Ruptures and Spills on Land: A major spill would harm our land and air. The toxic cloud would endanger farmland and cause many human health risks effecting wild life and our drinking water. Kinder Morgan has had four significant leaks from its fossil fuel infrastructure in B.C.’s Lower Mainland alone since 2005, and numerous other incidents further afield. See the CRED report.
- Climate Change: The proposed Trans Mountain Kinder Morgan Pipeline expansion would increase capacity from 300,000 to 890,000 barrels/day, which would create an extra 112,000,000 tons of global warming pollution each year when the exported fossil fuel is burned — This at a time when we must urgently reduce global warming pollution to avoid runaway climate change. Visit 350.org .
- Increased oil exports to China mean fuel price-hikes for us: Pipeline proponents and elected leaders tell us that access to foreign markets secures higher prices for our raw crude and this benefits Canada, but you also need to know that oil producers plan to charge those higher prices on every barrel they produce. And when they do, their refineries pass it onto us. Similar to shipping raw logs to China. Visit Robyn Allan’s website .
- Liability: In the case of a tanker spill, taxpayers would be responsible for costs of clean-up. The tankers liability is limited to $1.3 billion and a major spill could easily cost ten times this amount, 5% of bitumen is recovered. Us, the taxpayers would be on the hook for billions. See the CRED report
“It is a fact that expanding the tarsands, facilitating infrastructure to move fossil fuels that have a life span of 60 years is NOT the way to curb our reliance on products that essentially guarantees a target of 1.5 degrees a pipe dream! We want the government to respect its own promises, to halt the Kinder Morgan hearings immediately pending the Tsleil-waututh court challenge currently before the B.C. Supreme Court.” – Shirley Samples, spokesperson for We Love This Coast Group
“The whole N.E.B. hearing process is a travesty to each citizen of B.C. who values our democracy as the whole process has been constantly questioned as regards bias and transparency. An example of this is the fact that over 450 people were refused the right to even submit a Letter of Comment on their views of the impacts of this project, to have their view on their health and environment concerns put on record. I was one of those denied participation.” – Ruth Walmsley, spokesperson for BROKE.
Currently, the words Climate Change, either up-stream or down-stream, or any mention to this is not allowed on the record to be considered by the 3 board members. Yet, Prime Minister and other Federal government officials made bold promises in Paris last month at the Paris U.N. Climate Summit regarding Canada’s carbon emissions targets.
Recently the B.C. Supreme Court ruling regarding the Enbridge failure to properly consult with First Nations will have a direct bearing on the process of how Kinder Morgan has failed in this regard as well. These hearings are allowed to proceed even with the new Prime Minister Trudeau and a major cabinet member saying the whole process would be restructured.
( 1.) that consultations with First Nations be a priority in ALL current and future projects before the N.E.B. and their land claims be respected BEFORE any further construction of pipelines go forward.
(2.) the current governments consider climate change a priority as most people and creatures on the planet being impacted by these effects are the most vulnerable. We are losing species to extinction at an alarming rate, over 8,500 a year, revealed in documentary film ‘Racing Extinction’.
( 3.) the voices of the communities that are affected by the pipeline, tarsands expansion and tanker traffic be heard and considered, by rejecting these short sighted carbon producing projects.
(4.) the Provincial Government stand up for the people of British Columbia (unceded lands) and refuse to issue the necessary environmental permits for this project to be built. The risks to our coast is unacceptable. The risks to our thriving tourism industry is unacceptable.
(5.) the Provincial and Federal government by curbing our reliance on fossil fuels, instead make real commitments to Green Jobs in a Sustainable Energy Sector, this will be good for our economy, health of workers and guarantee a future for the planet.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HOW TO GET INVOLVED: Join We Love This Coast facebook group visit website https://welovethiscoast or please add your name to Climate Convergence Metro Vancouver (Unceded) at http://www.climateconvergence.ca/contact-us.html to be added to Updated Actions also taking lead is UBCIC – Coast Protectors – please add your name at http://www.coastprotectors.ca/