Wow, it’s been a busy couple days. So many people have gathered here in Prince Rupert to discuss the proposed Enbridge Pipeline. Enbridge wants to build a pipeline some 1000 km from Alberta’s “dirty” tar sands across northern BC, and hundreds of pristine waterways and habitats, to coastal Kitimat where supertankers are supposed to come fill up and then navigate back through some of the most difficult narrow passages on the north coast. A ferry sank in this passageway just a few years ago. We have huge tides and often intense weather. They propose to have tankers move through these waters more than 220 times every year!
Enbridge, themselves admit that it’s not a question of if a spill will happen but when. They tell us there are jobs and money at stake but even if we put aside the significant and real environment concerns, the jobs offered number likely under thirty and even more likely would be offered to Albertans who would relocate to Kitimat to work. Any spill will kill our environment, our food sources, industries like fishing and native and non native people’s culture.
This proposal is insane. It’s insane because the oil industry is dying and the tar sands in particular are expensive, polluting and unsustainable. It’s worth learning more about this dirty oil and how it’s produced. You’ll be shaking your head too, wondering why we’d continue to devote our energy and money to this industry in it’s twilight.
The other night we went to the Great Bear Wild photo exhibit where we saw some of the most amazing wildlife photography I’ve seen and watched the film SPOIL. There were some great speakers, delicious food and good company. Check out the short trailer to see some of this outstanding photography.
Last night hundreds participated in a family friendly rally and march as an opportunity to share our thoughts and tell the world that we say NO to Enbridge oil. We will not let this pipeline happen. No Pipeline, No Tankers, No Problem.
We all need to start realising that oil will be gone soon, like within my lifetime. This isn’t paranoia, this is a fact. We should be taking this time now to be transitioning to other more sustainable energy sources and we need to learn to be more energy responsible.
(click to see more photos or these ones bigger)