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Did you know that Enbridge Inc. is proposing to build two 1,170 km pipelines across British Columbia, opening up coastal inlets of the Great Bear Rainforest to 225 oil tankers per year and threatening countless animals, ecosystems and communities? At LUSH, we believe that a multi-billion dollar project proposed by an unsustainable industry — one that could threaten your land, your water, your jobs, and your very livelihoods — is one that you should have a say in.
Vist a LUSH store to vote YES or NO on the issue. Or, sign the No Tankers petition and add your name to the more than 100,000 Canadians who say NO to Enbridge
Who Is Enbridge?
Enbridge Inc. is a Calgary-based energy corporation, best known for its work in the oil and natural gas industries. Currently, Enbridge's most high-profile project is its Enbridge's West Coast oil supertanker and pipeline proposal. The primary intention of the project is to allow tar sands companies to earn $2-3 extra for every barrel of oil sold by accessing new markets in Asia. Enbridge's West Coast oil supertanker and pipeline proposal would greatly affect the rate of growth in Alberta's tar sands, requiring a 30% increase in production.
Enbridge's West Coast oil supertanker and pipeline proposal
Enbridge's West Coast oil supertanker and pipeline proposal is a $5.5 billion pipeline proposal by Enbridge to construct twin petroleum product pipelines, 1,170 km between Alberta (Bruderheim) and Northern British Columbia (Kitimat).
Flowing west, 525,000 barrels of tar sands oil would be transported through the pipeline daily, and then loaded onto supertankers bound for refineries in Asia. Flowing east, the second pipeline would import 193,000 barrels of condensate - a lighter petroleum product used to dilute bitumen.
Enbridge's Tanker and Pipeline Project would put our...
More than 225 oil tankers will have to navigate the treacherous coastal inlets of the Great Bear Rainforest, the world's last remaining intact coastal temperate rainforest. These tankers will be carrying up to 300 million litres of oil — three times more oil than was spilled during the Exxon Valdez disaster in Alaska.
More than 50 First Nations communities would be directly affected by the pipeline, with hundreds more at risk in the event of a spill.
Countless species of birds, fish and mammals, including cougars, wolves and bears would be threatened by a disruption to their fragile ecosystem.
Stretching 1,170 km long from Bruderheim to Kitimat, the Enbridge's West Coast oil supertanker and pipeline proposal would run through the Rocky Mountains and cross more than 1,000 river and streams.
An oil spill on B.C.'s coast would threaten the fishing and ocean recreation industries, which account for 45,000 existing jobs.
It's a matter of "when",
Enbridge averages an oil spill a week. Between 1999 and 2008 Enbridge recorded 610 spills that released 132,000 barrels of hydrocarbons into farms, wetlands and waterways on the continent. Enbridge also made headlines in July 2010 when one of its pipelines caused the largest oil spill in the history of the U.S. Midwest (3 million litres of tar sands crude spilled into the Kalamazoo River watershed in Michigan). Tar sands oil is heavier and more corrosive than conventional crude, making it more likely to cause pipeline leaks along the route. Applying their own spill data to Northern Gateway, about 160,000 litres of oil would be spilled each year.
"Can we promise there will never be an accident? No. Nobody can."
—Enbridge CEO Pat Daniel
Where We Stand
Before getting under way, the Enbridge's oil supertanker and pipeline proposal must be approved through a regulatory review by the National Energy Board (NEB) and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA).
Real change occurs at three levels of government. Here's where we stand now:
141 MPs SUPPORT A TANKER BAN ON B.C.'S COAST
GOAL: ALL 308
35 MLAs SAY NO TO ENBRIDGE
GOAL: ALL 84
14 OF 119 AFFECTED LOCAL GOVERNMENTS OPPOSE PROPOSALS BY ENBRIDGE
GOAL: ALL 119
Make Your Voice Heard
1) Sign the No Tankers petition
Add your name to the more than 100,000 Canadians that say No to Enbridge
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Dogwood Initiative brings together everyday British Columbians to reclaim decision-making power over their air, land and water. They believe British Columbians should have the right to make their own decisions about how the land they live on is used and we know that there is power in numbers. They work with more than 100,000 supporters, as well as First Nations, businesses and communities, to leverage political victories and find common sense solutions to some of B.C.'s most pressing problems.
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