NEWS RELEASE · 28th May 2010
Skeena Watershed Coalition
Despite opposition from BC Residents (80% oppose oil tankers on our coast) and the resolution signed by 150 Coastal First Nations saying NO PIPELINE - Enbridge has made application for a 1200km pipeline to carry thick crude (bitumen) from the Oilsands in Alberta to the Pacific Ocean at Kitimat.
This pipeline not only poses risks of pipeline breakage - it will bring more than 200 Super-Tankers (giant oil tankers) into our wild salmon and orca coast. These Super-Tankers would force their way through the same waters where the Queen of the North sank in 2006 and is still leaking fuel because it is too risky to clean it up. Makes one question how we would clean up a sunken Super-Tanker?
We find it a bit ironic that Enbridge filed on the same day the Gulf of Mexico oil spill surpassed the amount of the Exxon Valdez spill - 20 years after the Exxon disaster, residents of Cordova are still riddled with oil soaked beaches.