On October 22, 2012, over 5,000 people gathered in front of the BC Legislature in Victoria to protest tar sands pipelines and tankers.
From the Defend Our Coast website:
What we witnessed today was the very embodiment of “grassroots.” First Nations and environmental leaders may have been the organizing force behind Defend our Coast, but the thousands gathered at the BC Legislature weren’t for the most part “activists” as such. Far from it. They were Canadians of every imaginable kind – fishermen and nurses, mothers, grandmothers and children – students and professionals – teachers and tradesmen and retires. They were Canadians who had made the decision to take a stand against a development in the tar sands that benefits only the smallest (and wealthiest) portion of the population, but leaves everyone alive on this planet with a diminished future and dire climate consequences.
As we speak, Texas energy giant, Kinder Morgan is transforming Vancouver’s Burrard Inlet into an export facility for dirty oil. The expansion of the Trans Mountain Tar Sands Pipeline, which already transports 300,000 barrels of oil a day, will mean an increase to 750,000 to 1.1 million barrels a day. If this happens, it will bring an extra 300 to 400 supertankers a year into Burrard Inlet, greatly increasing the chances of accidents and spills in the narrow passage.
Along with the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline, dubbed the ‘Gateway to Global Warming’, and the TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline, there is much to stand up against in the fight to reverse the global climate crisis. And, although Stephen Harper and BC Premier Christy Clark would like to ignore the threats tar sand tankers and pipelines pose to the environment and our communities, we still have a chance to make them listen. Last year’s mass mobilization against the Keystone XL pipeline in Washington, DC proved that peaceful civil disobedience can work.
Some great sites to check out for more info on oil tanker routes, pipelines, tar sands and the global climate crisis: