Prevent Tar Sands Pipeline from Destroying Parks

Bridal Veil Falls in Canada

Target: Canada’s Minister of Environment, Leona Aglukkaq

Goal: Stop a proposed tar sand pipeline from amending the boundaries of four provincial parks

A tar sands pipeline expansion project seeks to change the boundaries of four provincial parks in British Columbia, Canada. The oil company responsible for this request, Kinder Morgan, should not be allowed to touch these precious areas to accommodate pipeline construction. Action must be taken to stop the expansion of this tar sands pipeline and deny dirty fuel access to protected, wild areas.

The proposed pipeline, called the Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline, will increase tar sand capacity from 300,000 barrels per day to 890,000 barrels per day. Tar sand sludge is not oil. Tar sands are a mixture of sand, clay, water, and bitumen,  an extremely viscous black oil. Invasive mining techniques are required to obtain tar sands, which are then transported through pipelines with the help of chemical lubricants. An energy-intensive refining process is required to extract fuel out of the tar sand sludge. The whole process negatively impacts the environment from mining to transporting to fuel burning. Three times more carbon dioxide is emitted into the atmosphere from the extraction and production of tar sands than the extraction and production of oil. The tar sands pipeline expansion project will ultimately further pollute the atmosphere.

The four parks in danger of destruction from this pipeline are British Columbia’s Finn Creek Park, North Thompson River Park, Lac Du Bois Grasslands Protected Area, and Bridal Veil Falls Park. Kinder Morgan promises to return the land to its original boundaries once pipeline construction is complete. However, the pipeline will remain a threat to the land; Kinder Morgan cannot guarantee that a spill will not occur. The company’s track record is hardly spotless: Kinder Morgan was responsible for two oil spills in British Columbia, one in 2007 and one in 2012. This company should not be trusted with precious park land.

By signing this petition, you are urging Canada’s Minister of Environment to deny Kinder Morgan access to four provincial parks.


Dear Minister Aglukkaq,

The tar sands expansion project proposed by Kinder Morgan threatens the land of four provincial parks in British Columbia. The company seeks to amend the parks’ boundaries to construct an invasive pipeline. The pipeline’s construction will destroy the land’s surface while the pipeline’s use will threaten the area with a potentially destructive spill.

Kinder Morgan cannot guarantee the pipeline will not have any repercussions on the surrounding area. The company is already responsible for two pipeline spills in British Columbia. There is no need to encourage more expansion for tar sands. The mining and production of tar sands creates more carbon emissions than the extraction and production of conventional oil. By denying the request to allow pipeline construction on provincial park lands, you will save the land from degradation and the air from even more carbon pollution. Please take action to deny the request to amend park boundaries for the convenience of a nonrenewable energy source.


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