Nature Canada's next appearance at the Northern Gateway Pipeline hearings is just around the corner. We are official interveners in the case, along with our partner BC Nature.
As you may remember, the Northern Gateway Pipeline would carry tar sands oil from Alberta to the BC coast. Straight through the Great Bear Rainforest, home to the endangered spirit bear. Endangered whales will share the waters with giant oil tankers. And the threat of oil spills looms over 29 Important Bird Areas (IBAs).
Enbridge recently stunned the hearings by saying "the scientific literature is clear" that species "inevitably recover" following an oil spill. And that oil spills "could generate economic spin-offs."(Prince George Citizen, Feb. 27)
Yes, you heard that right. Birds and other wildlife that get covered in oil will "inevitably recover." And oil spills are good for our economy. According to Enbridge…
Our lawyers (representing Nature Canada and BC Nature pro bono) forced them to concede that none of their "scientific literature" about recovery involved marine mammals and only one considered birds. And that this "research" only looked at summer and winter, not the time when most wildlife, especially birds, are migrating, which is fall and spring.
Nature Canada has gathered and is presenting the realistic picture about oil spills.
The reality is that an oil spill would devastate marine wildlife and birds. There are 29 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) that would be impacted. The reality is that there would be a tanker larger than the Empire State Building sharing the waters with whales and birds every other day. The reality is that Enbridge's "scientific literature" is limited and biased.
Our Nature Canada members stood with us as we uncovered their weak science related to the endangered woodland caribou and how increased shipping traffic will affect marine birds and wildlife.
Your special gift today will help us prepare for the next critical stage in these hearings.
When you move oil, you spill oil. It’s not a question of if a spill will occur it’s a question of when. And species will not “inevitably recover."
Please, give before March 18 to raise your voice with Nature Canada. This is still a fight we need to win.