By Ray Beckerman
Man's inhumanity to man and other living things threatens the whole human experiment. Let's fight it, and try to build a future.
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
A turning point for the Spirit Bear Coast
Tell BC Premier Christy Clark to say No
to the Northern Gateway pipeline
Christy Clark has just announced that the risks of a tar sands
spill outweigh the benefits. Urge
Premier Clark to ban tar sands pipelines and oil tankers along
the Spirit Bear Coast!
We’ve reached a
potential turning point in our campaign to stop the Northern Gateway tar
sands pipeline from destroying British Columbia’s spectacular Spirit Bear
For the very
first time, B.C. Premier Christy Clark has publicly said that the
environmental risks of a tar sands oil spill outweigh the economic
Now that that Premier Clark has voiced her concerns about this would-be
devastating project, we must build
on the momentum and ask her to take a decisive stand.
on Premier Christy Clark to go the next step and actively oppose
the tar sands pipeline and the oil tankers that would endanger the entire
Spirit Bear Coast.
This ancient coastal rainforest is one of our continent’s last and
greatest wild places. It is home to orcas, humpbacks, wolves and some of
the very last Spirit Bears on Earth. And its world-class salmon runs have
supported the region’s First Nations peoples for thousands of years.
Gateway pipeline could destroy all that forever.
The pipeline, proposed by energy giant Enbridge, would carry 500,000
barrels a day of the world’s dirtiest oil from the Alberta tar sands
through this irreplaceable wildlife paradise to the Spirit Bear Coast.
There, it will be loaded onto supertankers that are forced to navigate
through treacherous, wildlife-filled waters, including a channel six times
narrower than the passage that sunk the Exxon Valdez!
Premier Clark to stand up to Big Oil and reject Enbridge’s
destructive pipeline scheme before it’s too late.
Premier Clark voiced her concerns just days after federal investigators
announced that Enbridge had likely violated two dozen regulations when it
spilled more than a million gallons of tar sands oil into Michigan’s
Kalamazoo River in 2010 -- the most costly pipeline accident in U.S.
That spill is a wake-up call that British Columbia ignores at its peril. The Northern Gateway pipeline
would put the Spirit Bear Coast one spill away from disaster.
More than 70
First Nations are united in total opposition to the pipeline and its oil
tanker traffic. But they can’t stave off Enbridge by
That’s why it’s so critical that you send a
message to Premier Clark right away. Urge her to respect the wishes
of the First Nations and others across British Columbia by saying No to
the Northern Gateway pipeline.
Natural Resources Defense Council