*Please be advised we have submitted this petition to the provincial government. Thank you to all that added your name.*
To: Premier C. Clark and the Government of British Columbia
cc Prime Minister Trudeau and the Government of Canada
Re: KINDER MORGAN TRANS-MOUNTAIN PIPELINE IS NOT IN OUR LONG OR SHORT TERM INTEREST IN REGARDS TO ECONOMICS, ENVIRONMENT OR AS GLOBAL CITIZENS
We, the undersigned residents of Canada, hereby strongly oppose the Kinder Morgan Trans- Mountain Pipeline project. This project would result in 408 tankers per year navigating Burrard Inlet, Strait of Georgia, and Juan de Fuca Strait (Salish Sea) carrying toxic bitumen to foreign markets.
The inability of existing cleanup technologies to effectively remove diluted bitumen from a marine environment is well documented: only 5% – 15% of diluted bitumen is ever recovered after a spill. As residents of Canada, we do not agree that: 1. extracting Tar Sands’ bitumen, or 2. exporting diluted bitumen are in our long-term interests. We believe this proposal is only in the interests of foreign and large corporations. The risk of an oil spill on the B.C. coast and waterways is not worth ANY amount of money. Damage to the many fragile eco-systems would take generations to recover.
Therefore; your petitioners are calling on the Government of British Columbia to:
- Reject the expansion of the Kinder Morgan Trans-Mountain pipeline proposal.
- We demand termination of the Equivalency Agreement immediately under the 30-day clause in accordance with Supreme Court January 13, 2015 decision invalidating parts of said agreement with regard primarily the constitutional rights of First Nations.
- Respect First Nations consultations and the rejection of this pipeline and together establish a comprehensive Provincial & National Energy Plan that includes the serious consequences of climate change before any further major resource projects are approved or built.
- Respect the Species at Risk legislation, do not put the threatened orca pods of the B.C. coast at risk of harm or extinction. We do not want a similar fate of the southern B.C. pods to be that of Orca Pod AT1, due to Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989, there have been no calves born in 25 years. This pod has only 7 members left and is on the way to extinction.
We are speaking on behalf of future generations in the preservation of our land, water, and air.
WE DO NOT WANT OIL TANKERS ON OUR B.C. COAST.
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