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Let’s Turn Back A Tide of Tankers on BC’s Coast

Feb 13, 2013

Concerned west coasters at the No Tankers rally in Vancouver last March. Photo © Flickr/Larissa

Last July, a pod of orcas made a rare appearance of in English Bay, as they chased schools of coho and herring almost to the mouth of Vancouver Harbour.

It is a sight we can hope to see more of here in the Lower Mainland thanks to the successful work done by local conservationists to bring back herring populations, which are a key part of the food chain for species like porpoises and orcas.

Unfortunately, this is being put at risk by plans to increase tar sands crude oil tanker traffic through the very same waters that our resident orcas call home.

If Enbridge and Kinder Morgan get their way, more than 600 tanker loads of tar sands crude will leave BC ports every year.

So the question is, which do we want more off our city’s beaches: orcas or tankers?

If, like me, you didn’t have to hesitate before you chose orcas, then you are ready to get more involved in the movement to protect our coast.

Tanker Town Hall Meeting Event Info

Tanker town hall meeting flyer

You can find out how to get more involved and learn more about Kinder Morgan’s proposal on Wednesday, February 13th at our Commercial Drive Tankers Town Hall Meeting, starting at 7pm at the Wise Hall at 1882 Adanac St at Victoria Dr.

Join Tanker Free BC, ForestEthics Advocacy and the Wilderness Committee as we continue our series of tanker town hall meetings to raise awareness about pipelines, tankers and their connection to the tar sands.

Speakers include:

  • Ben West & Sven Biggs- ForestEthics Advocacy
  • Joe Foy - The Wilderness Committee
  • Rueben George - The Tsleil-Waututh Nation
  • Niki Sharma - Vancouver City Parks Board

There will be a question and answer period following the speakers during which members of the community will be encouraged to ask any questions they have about these pressing issues.

This event will be held on unceded Coast Salish Territory.

Accessibility Info: The Wise is accessible by wheelchair through the rear doors.

February 13, 2013 at 7pm - 9pm

The Wise Hall
1882 Adanac St
Vancouver , BC V5L 4E5

Sven Biggs · · 778-882-8354

Together, I know that we can turn back this tide of tankers and protect our communities and our coast; not only for future generations of people, but also for the creatures we share this incredible place with.

Sven Biggs is Campaign Organizer at ForestEthics Advocacy

By Sven Biggs, Campaign Organizer, ForestEthics Advocacy

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