NORTH VANCOUVER, March 21, 2013 /CNW/ - Tsleil-Waututh Nation is disturbed by reports that British Columbia's
largest oil spill response ship, Burrard Cleaner No. 9, got stuck on a
sandbar enroute from Esquimalt to the Harper government's tanker safety
press conference in Vancouver on Monday. The incident underscores the
Nation's position that the dramatic increase in tanker traffic that
would result from Kinder Morgan's proposed pipeline is a risk too great
"This would be comical if it wasn't so frightening," says Carleen
Thomas, Elected Councillor, Tsleil-Waututh Nation. "If they can't even
get to a pre-planned photo op quickly and without incident, we have to
question their competency in getting to and dealing with an oil spill.
We're hearing reports that it took eleven hours for the ship to get
from Esquimalt to Vancouver. What if this was an actual emergency? And
who would save the ship that's supposed to save our waters?
"This blunder proves that, despite the Harper government's assurances
that plans are in place, mistakes happen. And when we're talking about
oil, the consequences of those mistakes are dire," continues Thomas.
"No amount of clean up could repair the damage caused by a spill. New
pipelines like Kinder Morgan's project only increase tanker traffic and
multiple the risk. That is simply unacceptable."
The Nation is pointing to a series of changes made by the Harper
government that have severely compromised environmental protection for
B.C.'s coast. This includes: stripping the environmental assessment
process through Bill C-38; severely cutting back the Department of
Fisheries and Oceans and Environment Canada; closing the emergency oil
spill office in Vancouver; and closing the Kitsilano Coast Guard
"The Harper government's recent tanker plan announcement doesn't even
come close to repairing the damage they have caused with their attack
on environmental protection," says Thomas.
Tsleil-Waututh Nation is adamantly opposed to Kinder Morgan's proposal
to build a new pipeline to bring crude oil/bitumen to foreign markets
through Burrard Inlet and the Salish Sea. The proposal would see the
transport of crude oil expanded from its present level of approximately
300,000 barrels per day to 890,000 barrels per day. The pipeline
terminates in Tsleil-Waututh territory. The Nation has experienced the
results of crude oil handling and refining on Burrard Inlet for a
number of decades. The Nation is expecting government-to-government
consultation on this project.
Tsleil-Waututh Nation is focusing its efforts on finding sustainable
solutions to meeting energy needs through its company TWN Wind Power.
On April 19th the Nation is hosting a conference in Vancouver on transitioning away
from oil dependency. The conference, supported by the Cities of
Vancouver and Burnaby, will stimulate discussion, explore clean energy
alternatives, and raise public awareness about the expansion of the
Canadian tar sands and oil industry transportation infrastructure. To
register, visit https://www.eply.com/OilDependencyConference.
About Tsleil-Waututh Nation
Tsleil-Waututh Nation is a progressive and vibrant Coast Salish
community of approximately 500 members. The Nation is located along the
shores of Burrard Inlet in North Vancouver, B.C., Canada, across the Inlet from the Burnaby terminus of Kinder Morgan's Trans
The Nation's Sacred Trust Initiative is mandated to oppose and stop the
Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline project. Follow the
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For more information please visit www.twnation.ca.
SOURCE: Tsleil-Waututh Nation
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