On April 16, the Vancouver Sun reported, “Mel Hurtig, the Canadian publisher, author and founder of the Council of Canadians, came out in opposition of Kinder Morgan’s plan to twin its oil pipeline from Edmonton. Hurtig, an ardent nationalist who moved from Edmonton to Vancouver five years ago, strongly criticized the transmission company’s plan to increase by five times the number of oil tankers using Vancouver harbour. …‘An oil spill in Burrard Inlet would spell disaster for the environment and all the municipalities in the region,’ he said.”
In his Avaaz petition opposing the Trans Mountain pipeline, Hurtig writes:
“If American Energy Company Kinder Morgan gets their way, Burrard Inlet could see as many as 300 huge oil tankers travelling through the Inlet and along the pristine British Columbian coastline each year. But a groundswell of public opposition can stop Prime Minister Harper and Premier Christy Clark from opening up these waters to inevitable environmental and economic disaster. A moratorium on shipping supposedly protects British Columbia’s coast from supertanker shipping, and there is no reason why it shouldn’t be a firm, legal moratorium for Burrard Inlet and the southern coast! We must act now to protect a beautiful and vulnerable ecosystem from a very real threat of environmental and economic catastrophe! Please sign this petition and share it with everyone you know!”
To sign the petition, please go to http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/No_Oil_Tankers_in_Burrard_Inlet//?sbc.
For more on Council of Canadians opposition to the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline, please go to http://canadians.org/pipelines.