A Day for the Bay

 

Join us in Vancouver on October 17th to celebrate A Day for the Bay!
“A Day for the Bay” is a public celebration of our coastline and an opportunity to take a stand against crude oil tankers on Canada’s west coast. On Sunday October 17th a flotilla of boats and a rally of people on land will gather at English Bay in Vancouver to send a clear message to the Canadian government that we want a legal ban of oil tankers from our coastal waters!
The event being organized by No Tanks! and supported by the Board of Change, Greenpeace and the Wilderness Committee. The message we send to Prime Minister Stephen Harper will only be as strong as the number of voices and boats that attend. We strongly encourage you to join us in a fun-filled day.
Own a boat and want to join the flotilla? Please e-mail: info@notanks.org
Don’t have a boat but still want to take part?
On the water: Come aboard the Royal Vancouver for an afternoon cruise
http://notankscruise.eventbrite.com/
On land: Join us for a rally on the beach at English Bay in Vancouver at noon!
Itinerary:
9am, Coal Harbour – boats meet to travel to Kinder Morgan’s oil loading terminal on the water in Burnaby, loop back to English Bay for the rally
Noon, English Bay (Davie and Denman) – rally and party on the beach (map)
2:30pm, English Bay – the growing boat flotilla departs for a rally on the water
Oil tankers – the story
In 2007 multi-national oil companies quietly started shipping raw crude oil from the tar sands in tankers departing from Vancouver. For years oil was arriving by pipeline to the refinery on the west coast, but this marked the first time that raw crude was being shipped from the port in Vancouver to the U.S. and even Asia. With no public process or debate in the House of Commons, B.C.’s coast has been under threat from a major oil spill for three years now, as tankers pass through the Burrard Inlet as often as twice a week. This threat remains a very real one and will for as long as they continue to transport this dirty oil through our waters.
And now the threat is becoming even more severe, as the Canadian government is now considering a proposal from pipeline giant Enbridge to build twin Northern Gateway pipelines from Alberta’s tar sands to Kitimat on northern B.C.’s Great Bear Rainforest coastline. If approved, the pipelines would traverse important salmon-bearing watersheds and would bring more than 200 crude oil tankers annually through B.C.’s northern coastal waters for the first time.
With oil tankers on B.C.’s coast, it will not be a question of if a spill occurs, but when, where and how large. No amount of technology or process can fully eliminate human or mechanical error. And once an oil tanker accident does happen, an spill could hit our shores in a matter of hours. Once it hits land, a full cleanup is virtually impossible.
Crude oil tankers face unprecedented opposition from First Nations and civil society. In March, Coastal First Nations declared an oil tanker ban using their own laws: “…oil tankers carrying crude oil from the Alberta tar sands will not be allowed to transit our lands and waters.” Additionally, 80 per cent of British Columbians support banning oil tankers from our coastal waters.

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