Target: Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada
Goal: Protect a popular bay from oil spills by reinstating the Coast Guard station and banning tanker traffic.
Marine life is currently in danger from an oil spill that has polluted a popular bay. The government closed the local Coast Guard station as well as cut funding to the nearby marine center. Because of this, a cleanup crew couldn’t get to the spill until six hours after the incident was reported by local boaters. Our marine life deserves protection, but plans to increase tanker traffic in the bay further threaten the area and its wildlife. With an increase in tanker traffic and no marine programs nearby, this bay seems to be doomed. Help protect this coveted area and the wildlife that depend on it.
Located in British Columbia, Canada, English Bay is a popular spot for wildlife and outdoor enthusiasts. Since the oil spill, however, locals are not allowed to swim in the toxic waters. Sadly, marine life has no choice but to endure the dark oil that now gives the bay a dirty sheen. This oil spill could have been dealt with in a timely manner if the government hadn’t closed the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station and cut funding for the Marine Communications Centre.
This spill was estimated to have contaminated the bay with 2,800 liters of oil. Sea birds that depend on the bay for survival have been found coated with it. Crabs, fish, seals, crustaceans, and other marine life will struggle from this spill. Some of the oil has been cleaned up in the bay but there is oil from this spill that will remain in the bay’s water and sediment forever.
Although the spill was considered modest in size, citizens are still concerned for the bay’s health and future because of the government’s proposed plan to allow tar sand oil tanker travel in the bay. If this proposal is approved, then the chance of the bay experiencing another oil spill is very likely. By signing this petition, you are demanding that the Prime Minister of Canada take action to protect English Bay by reopening the local Coast Guard station and denying tanker traffic access to the area.
Dear Prime Minister Harper,
English Bay provides critical habitat for Vancouver’s wildlife. The most recent oil spill in the bay has drawn much concern for Canada’s wildlife. The decision to close the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station has jeopardized the bay and, as a result, the spill went unattended for six hours before a clean up crew finally arrived. Due to this, sea birds, aquatic plants, and marine life will now suffer the consequences of 2,800 liters of oil spilled in their habitat.
Sadly, this will not be the end of pollution in English Bay. The proposed plan to allow tar sand oil tanker traffic in the bay’s waters will put wildlife species at risk. It will only increase the deaths of sea birds, further damage the shoreline and beaches, and forever impact the creatures living in the water like crabs, fish, and seals.
To save this bay, you must take action. Please deny the proposal to allow tanker travel in English Bay because more tanker traffic will only increase the odds of another oil spill incident. If another serious oil spill does occur, however, reopening the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station will ensure a much quicker response time to the incident. I hope you decide to protect our wildlife and Vancouver’s popular natural area.
[Your Name Here]
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