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REPORTING · 18th February 2012
Merv Ritchie
Last night, Friday Feruary 17, 2012, the Skeena Queen Charlotte Regioal District (SQCRD) repeated what the Terrace City Council resolved on Monday, to register their combined disapproval of the export of the Tarsands bitumen and tanker traffic on the BC North coastal waters.

The wording of the SQCRD resolution is different from what Terrace resolved. Terrace voted to support the resolutions passed at the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) in September of 2010.

The Skeena Queen Charlotte Enbridge/tanker resolution that passed last night was more specific and offered a wider challenge to other Regional Districts and Municipalities. This motion was passed with only one member of the board opposed.

WHEREAS the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project will result in increased crude oil tanker traffic and risk of accidental oil spills in northern coastal waters in British Columbia;

AND WHEREAS a crude oil spill will have devastating and long lasting effects on the Pacific North Coast area that is recognized for its unique and diverse ocean ecosystems, which provide critical marine habitat and marine resources that sustain the social, cultural, environmental and economic health of coastal communities, including First Nations communities:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the SQCRD be opposed to any expansion of bulk crude oil tanker traffic as well as bitumen export in Dixon Entrance, Hecate Strait and Queen Charlotte Sound in British Columbia;

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the SQCRD petition the federal government to establish a legislated ban on bulk crude oil tanker traffic and bitumen export through Dixon Entrance, Hecate Strait and Queen Charlotte Sound in British Columbia.