Stop Expansion of Destructive Oil Pipeline

Oil Pipe by Ariel Camillo

Target: Justin Trudeau, Canadian Prime Minister

Goal: Halt the growth of oil pipeline and the environmental destruction that would ensue.

The Canadian National Energy Board has approved a potentially disastrous pipeline project despite the serious risks it poses to the environment. It is now the federal government’s decision to approve or deny the expansion. The Kinder Morgan pipeline reaches from Strathcona County, Alberta to Burnaby, British Columbia. If expanded, it could produce 890,000 barrels of oil each day. However, it would also produce significant environmental consequences, including increased greenhouse gas emissions, habitat destruction of the killer whale (an endangered species), and risk of spills. Call on Prime Minister Trudeau to stop the expansion and protect Canada’s natural resources.

Kinder Morgan Pipeline would allow more tar sands oil from Alberta to enter foreign markets. However, this oil comes with a price. It is the swiftest increasing source of greenhouse gasses. Greenhouse gas emissions from tar sands oil, as seen in Alberta, are three to four times as intense as emissions from traditional oil sources.

In addition to furthering global warming through emissions, the pipeline also presents a threat to the endangered killer whale. If the pipeline were expanded, then marine traffic through the killer whale’s habitat would also expand. The noise created by marine traffic makes it harder for the whales to find food and communicate with one another. More marine traffic also means more oil spills. Killer whales are protected under the Canadian Species at Risk Act, which creates a legal requirement to preserve their habitat.

Oil spills would be a potential problem on land as well as at sea, if the pipeline was expanded. The Kinder Morgan Pipeline has had at least four major spills since 2005. In 2007, the pipeline accidentally ruptured in Burnaby, British Columbia, releasing 320,000 liters of oil. 250 people were forced to evacuate. Burnaby’s residents are understandably concerned about the pipeline expanding.

The pipeline expansion could harm the residents of British Columbia and Alberta, and most definitely will harm the environment. Tell Trudeau to halt the pipeline construction before the damage begins.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,

The expansion of the Kinder Morgan Pipeline must stop. It would increase greenhouse gas emissions and open up the possibility of a catastrophic oil spill. Because of this, it is not in the interests of Canadians or of the environment.

The oil sands in Alberta, which would be transported by the pipeline, are already the most quickly increasing source of greenhouse gasses. Greenhouse gasses are the number one cause of global warming. Global warming contributes to natural disasters, such as the recent fire in Alberta. Because of this disaster, 90,000 people have had to evacuate and 2,400 buildings have been destroyed. Many of the evacuees may not have homes to come back to. Continuing to feed global warming, and the emissions that cause it, by expanding the pipeline is self-defeating.

In addition to increased emissions, there is also the risk of spills. At least four major spills have occurred on the Kinder Morgan Pipeline since 2005. Kinder Morgan claimed in its National Energy Board application that: “Pipeline spills can have both positive and negative effects on local and regional economies, both in the short- and long-term.” This does not sound like a company willing to give its best efforts to contain spills.

Expansion of the Kinder Morgan Pipeline would hurt both the environment and the human communities that depend on it. Safeguard the interests of these communities and prevent new construction on the pipeline.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Ariel Camillo

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