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REPORTING · 6th April 2014
Walter McFarlane
Arno Kopecky was in Kitimat on Saturday, March 29th to promote his new book, the Oil Man and the Sea, and share stories from it. Kitimat was the last stop on his trip.

“[It] is about my sailing adventure throughout the Great Bear Rainforest to explore the oil tanker routes of the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline Project,” said Kopecky. “My view is the costs outweigh the benefits of this project and I’m explaining a bit why. This is a really contentious issue in Kitimat right now with the Plebiscite coming up and I guess I just want to lend my voice in support of people who are fighting this struggle.”

Kopecky stated he found an ecosystem that is exploding with life and is very resilient after several industrial projects in the area. As the industry has declined, the ecosystems have bounced back. He found an abundance of humpback whales, salmon, grizzly bears and orcas.

The best experience on his trip: “Watching two orca’s breach under the full moon.”

The best way to get a copy of this book, if you missed the signing, is to order it from Amazon for $18. Kopecky wished Kitimat the best of luck in sorting through the divisive Enbridge issue.