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NEWS RELEASE · 22nd November 2012
Rob Fleming BC NDP
On Tuesday night, a fully loaded cargo ship accidentally ran aground six nautical miles from the Prince Rupert harbor.

The ship, piloted by a highly experienced local navigator, swerved to avoid a small fishing boat, hitting a sandbar.

Luckily, no one was hurt, and it appears that the damage is minimal. But imagine if other factors intervened, like inclement weather, poor visibility, or heavy marine traffic. Now imagine that, instead of a cargo vessel, the ship that ran aground was an oil supertanker carrying two million barrels of crude bitumen.

The Douglas Channel, where tankers carrying Enbridge bitumen would travel, is far more dangerous than Prince Rupert.

Tuesday’s accident reminds us just how easily we could be facing a major environmental catastrophe on BC’s pristine north coast if the Enbridge pipeline is built. A similar accident could devastate the local environment and economy for decades.

We simply can’t accept the risk that the Enbridge pipeline poses to BC’s north coast.

Adrian Dix and the BC NDP have been standing up for our environment by opposing the Enbridge pipeline. But we need your help to send our message to the BC Liberals.

If you haven’t already, please sign our letter opposing the Enbridge pipeline. Then send this email along to two friends and ask them to do the same.

Together, we can stop the Enbridge pipeline and protect our coast.
Comment by Pappa22 on 23rd November 2012
The writer of this article has no idea what he is talking about. He has obviously never plied the waters of the Douglas CHANNEL. I have navigated the Douglas Channel for over 40 years, without incident, in a vessel many times smaller than what is proposed to ply our waters. The waters and the harbour around Prince Rupert are exponentially more hazardous and countless ships have lost anchor in the Rupert harbour. I am not for the oil pipeline, unless attached to a refinery, but lets get real about the facts and stop sensationalizing the issue.