NEWS RELEASE · 29th July 2010
Friends of Wild Salmon
As Enbridge crews clean up a massive pipeline oil spill in Michigan, salmon conservation advocates say a similar spill in northern B.C. would seriously harm wild salmon and water resources.
An Enbridge pipeline carrying oil between Indiana and Ontario broke Monday, spilling 4 million litres of crude oil into the Kalamazoo River.
"Given our salmon resources in northwest B.C., we simply can't risk seeing a major oil pipeline spill happen here," said Friends of Wild Salmon chair Jennifer Rice. "There are many complicating factors that would make an oil cleanup in our northern rivers much more difficult than what crews are facing in Michigan."
Enbridges proposed 1,170-kilometre pipeline from Alberta to the B.C. coast would cross nearly 1,000 waterways. These include vital salmon spawning streams in the upper Fraser, Skeena, Copper and Kitimat Rivers.
Salmon rivers threatened by an oil spill from the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline include:
- Stewart River (Fraser tributary) Pink, Chinook, sockeye, coho
- Salmon River (Fraser tributary) Pink, Chinook, sockeye, coho
- Morice River (Skeena tributary) Chinook, sockeye, coho, pink, steelhead
- Copper River (Skeena tributary) Chinook, chum, sockeye, pink, steelhead
- Kitimat River Chinook, chum, sockeye, pink, coho, steelhead
Longtime Morice fishing guide Tony Harris says log jams and side channels in rivers such as the Morice River are unique salmon rearing areas and would collect oil as it drifted downstream. The Morice River contributes as much as 30 percent of the Skeena's total chinook and steelhead escapement and would be devastated by an oil spill.
"There is no way to clean up an oil spill on the Morice. Not only would all the log jams have to be removed but the gravel would need to be excavated and that would mean losing important habitat. It would be a no-win situation for fish," said Harris.
"Each time Enbridge has a spill, they tell us they have learned from their mistakes. We won't allow our northern salmon rivers to become the next lesson in this companys trial and error learning process, said Rice."
LEARNING FROM MISTAKES FROM OILSPILLS
Comment by DAVE BURROWS on 3rd August 2010
I hope Mr Endbridge that you and your minions are the smartest pipe line builders in the world, because you say you learn from your mistakes and sir you have had a few. If sir you and your political croonies intend to carry on with this follie, then be prepared to sometime in the future compensate every farmer whose land your pipe goes through and be prepared to all and everyone who makes their living and or just get their pleasure from the seas
There is another way to transport the oil and that is by rail in double lined tanks, that can be lifted off the rail car onto the ships just like containers. The worst that can happen with this method is if the train derails, a few tankers at most would tip and not necessarily split because they are double lined. As for on the ships, if they run aground or start sinking you would have three thousand or so oil containers bobbing around that could be picked up quite easily. Lastly we are the people who live here and we don't send our garbage to you. So don't send yours to us. Thank You Dave Burrows Kitimat BC
Comment by BC.Christie on 29th July 2010
Given the way our provincial govt. has set aside our old democratic values by thinking we the people actually have a say in what govt. does re: hst ,bc rail etc.> it.s scary to think that in spite of our oppostion to the pipeline, they will go ahead.
The New Democracy being touted now eliminates the need for elections as the ass holes will do what they want anyway.