Target: Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada
Goal: Ban oil tanker traffic along Canada’s west coast
Allowing oil tankers to travel along Canada’s Pacific coast is a disaster waiting to happen. After the major oil spills committed by Exxon in Alaska and British Petroleum (BP) in the Gulf of Mexico, Canadian environmentalists are asking that oil tanker traffic be banned in their Pacific waters.
Canada’s federal government leaders are currently considering the installment of a pipeline by the company Enbridge. The proposed line is intended to transport oil from the Albert tar sands to Kitimat in British Columbia. The pipeline itself would threaten not only the coastline, but also rainforest wildlife and human communities. Seafaring oil tankers associated with the new line negatively impact the coastline directly, and they would have to travel through the Great Bear National Rainforest, a wildlife preserve. This region is also home to several First Nations communities.
Activists at GreenPeace are partnering with the Coastal First Nations Alliance in asking Canada’s government leaders to effectively ban oil tanker traffic through the Great Bear Rainforest and along Canada’s west coast. This will prevent an oil spill that could destroy not only treasured rainforest wildlife, but also First Nations communities and coastal marine life. Join these groups in asking Canada’s legislators to ban oil tanker traffic through nature preserves and on Canada’s west coast.
Dear Mr. Prime Minister,
As you know, the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the Exxon spill in Alaska have been devastating to the surrounding wildlife and human communities. To prevent a similar situation in Canada, it is essential to protect pristine natural places from oil tanker traffic. The west coast of Canada and the Great Bear National Rainforest are cases in point.
Federal leaders are considering the installment of the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline. If completed, the line would carry oil from the Alberta tar sands to the Pacific coastal port of Kitimat in British Columbia. To arrive at port, oil tankers would have to travel through the Great Bear Rainforest.
Oil tanker travel through the rainforest and along Canada’s west coast is a disaster waiting to happen. If a spill should occur, it would devastate rainforest wildlife, First Nations communities, and marine sea life along the coast. The risk is too great. I urge you to ban oil tanker traffic along Canada’s west coast.
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