Save Canadian Rainforest from Oil Spills

Target: Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper

Goal: Protect Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest from potential oil spills that could cause irreparable damage to the area’s unique plants and wildlife

A Canadian oil corporation with a history of oil spills has submitted plans to build a pipeline through British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest. The corporation, Enbridge Inc., reported more than 800 oil pipeline spills from 1999 to 2010. During this 11-year span, approximately 161,500 barrels of crude oil were released into the environment due to Enbridge’s lack of thorough safety inspections.

The Great Bear Rainforest is a majestic landscape that is home to a variety of unique plants and wildlife, such as the 1,000-year-old Western Red Cedar and the incredibly rare White “Spirit Bear.” Scientists estimate that there are only about 400 Spirit Bears left in nature, and since the majority of them live on the western coast of British Columbia, an oil spill in their habitat would be a huge threat to the bears’ survival.

We cannot allow Enbridge’s irresponsible business practices to threaten the Great Bear Rainforest and the unique wildlife that calls it home. By signing this petition, you will be urging the Canadian government to create and enforce legislation that would ban oil pipelines from being built in the Great Bear Rainforest and protect the rare White Spirit Bear from extinction.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Prime Minister Harper,

I am writing to encourage the protection of British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest. As you know, Enbridge Inc. has submitted plans to construct an oil pipeline that would run through this majestic landscape. However, Enbridge has proven itself to be completely irresponsible in regard to environmental conservation, with more than 800 oil pipeline spills being reported throughout North America from 1999 to 2010. Approximately 161,500 barrels of crude oil were released into the environment during this time period as a result of Enbridge’s careless safety procedures.

The Great Bear Rainforest is home to magnificent plants and wildlife, including the 1,000-year-old Western Red Cedar and the incredibly rare White “Spirit Bear.” Scientists believe that only 400 White Spirit Bears are left in the wild and since the majority live on the western coast of British Columbia, an oil spill in their habitat could lead to the extinction of this incredible creature.

We cannot allow Enbridge’s careless business practices to endanger the unique wildlife living in the Great Bear Rainforest. I urge you to create and enforce legislation that would ban oil pipelines from being built in the Great Bear Rainforest and protect the rare wildlife that calls it home.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Jackmont via Wikimedia Commons

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9 Comments

  1. This are must be protected at all costs. To even think about granting permission to a company with such a horrendous record in irresponsible if not down right greedy.

  2. samantha raftery says:

    http://johnbolenbaugh.com/2011/04/21/john-bolenbaugh-must-see-video-taken-by-mike-bonanno

    this man is fighting single handedly against the crime that happened in kalamazoo michigan when enbridge leaked 900,000 gallons of oil into the river, wetlands, marshes, etc. and has exposed the way enbridge is covering up the oil spill by laying down canvas and planting grass right over the oil. He has had death threats, slashed tires, brakes tampered with etc and yet he is still fighting to make people aware of how dangerous pipelines are. Please check out his videos and then see if the pipeline in bc is worth what these people are experiencing. this must be stopped at all costs.

    • This sounds very similar to what is happening with Chevron in the Ecuadorian Amazon and their refusal to pay the billions of compensation they owe and their dirty legal tactics. Oil exploitation of any kind in wilderness areas is unacceptable in any circumstance. The Great Bear Rainforest must be protected for all time.

  3. benson gitonga benson gitonga says:

    sad!!!

  4. DEMAND ALL INITIATORS ACTING IRRESPONSIBLY TO PAY REDEMPTION TO FUTUREGENERATIONS !

    ENDLESS GREED FROM ECONOMY & HELPING AUTHORITHIES HAS TO STOP ALL KINDS OF DESTRUCTION TO THE ENVIRONMENT & LIVING CREATURES BY APPLY STRONGEST JUSTICE TO THE RESPONSIBLES.

    DEMAND ALL INITIATORS ACTING IRRESPONSIBLY TO PAY REDEMPTION TO FUTUREGENERATIONS !

  5. Veronica-Mae Soar says:

    Harper needs to find himself upside down, head first, in a barrel of crude. I really feel for those Canadians who have to watch their beautiful country being trashed. Civil disobedience perhaps ?

  6. There is a solid fact in all these oil companies and that is they don’t give a hoot about anything or anyone as long as they get the money.If they destroy something they could care less.

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