Sunshine Coast, Davis Bay – 11:30 am to 1:30 pm – Wednesday, October 24th, 2012On October 24, 2012 concerned British Columbians from 85 communities around our province will come together to express their support for our land, our rivers and to Defend Our Coast. On the Sunshine Coast we will gather in Davis Bay from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm on Wednesday, October 24th to line 1,540 feet of the Sunshine Coast Highway with people and their signs to communicate our message that we are for a healthier planet and opposed to the construction of pipelines to transport diluted bitumen via supertankers along our coast. We will be arranging for aerial photography and video footage to document our Defend Our Coast action in Davis Bay and communicate with the world via Youtube. This in an historic opportunity to show your solidarity with people and communities up and down our coast and across our province that we care about our future, for ourselves, our children and our children’s children. BE CREATIVE! BE BOLD! BE THERE!
What’s the problem?
Enbridge is pushing for approval of their Northern Gateway twin pipeline project from the Alberta tar sands to Kitimat. Kinder Morgan is pushing for approval of a pipeline from the tar sands to their Burnaby loading facility in Burrard Inlet. Both pipeline projects are designed to transport unprocessed diluted bitumen (dilbit) to the respective ports to be loaded into Very Large Crude Carriers – VLCCs – for shipment overseas. These VLCCs are sea going behemoths up to 1,540 feet in length and 200 feet wide. They are enormous and unwieldy and require speeds upwards of 19 knots to just to maintain navigation. In good weather they have turning circles of 2 miles and take 5 miles to stop. Should anything go awry and they loose navigation, all the tiny crew can do is ride it out and see where they end up!
Both the Enbrige and Kinder Morgan projects entail enormous environmental risks to our land, our rivers and our coast. Unlike crude oil, which is very difficult to clean up despite the fact that it is lighter than water and therefore floats, dilbit quickly evaporates it’s dilutent, creating toxic clouds, and sinks below the surface of the water, making surface containment and recovery technologies useless. Existing containment and recovery technologies are completely useless in fast moving rivers and turbulent seas. Dilbit spills are not only possible, they are inevitable!
It is important to note that Enbridge and Kinder Morgan are simply transport companies, moving product they do not own from point A to B so that the global petro-corporations, who do own the product, can reap a few more dollars per barrel than they can obtain by selling the same product to overland markets in North America. If they do, this will jack up the price paid in domestic markets and we will all be forced to pay that higher price at the pumps in addition to taking the environmental risk. There are relatively few jobs involved in extraction and shipping out of unprocessed resources compared to refining the product here in Canada. Construction of these pipelines will accelerate global fossil fuel consumption and add to global warming. It will divert public attention and investment away from investment in energy conservation and renewable energy development, which would create far more family supporting jobs as we work toward a healthier planet. It will postpone consideration of building land based pipelines to Central and Eastern Canada to replace currently imported crude. It is becoming increasingly clear that our increasing economic dependence on shipping out unrefined dilbit is overvaluing the Canadian dollar and is damaging our domestic manufacturing, exacerbating unemployment. All in all, building dilbit pipelines to Kitimat and Burnaby are LOSE – LOSE PROPOSITIONS and cannot be allowed to proceed. Dilbit pipelines are bad for the environment, bad for our economy and bad for our democracy.
Stephen Harper appears to be joined at the hip to global petro-corporations and appears bent on doing their bidding regardless of Canada’s long term interests. Christy Clark is similarly prepared to sell out our people, our land, our rivers and our coast, if the price is right! Campaign funding rather than Canadian interests appear to be in the drivers’ seat. Harper and Clark are elected officials and are answerable to the Canadian and British Columbian electorate respectively. They can and will be moved if Canadians make our voices heard. Now is the time to show you care!
What can you do?
Come to NO PIPELINES! NO TANKERS! NO WAY! DEFEND OUR COAST action in Davis Bay from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm on Wednesday, October 24th. We will have letters of concern for you to sign. Bring bold, creative, colourful signs to be part of this historic event and become part of what we expect will be an historic Youtube video available to the world. Tell your family and friends about this important action in any way you can: face to face, over the telephone, by letter and by email. Print out and distribute the attached poster in your communities. Help us financially by making a donation to cover our costs and advance our work – cheques should be made out to Alliance 4 Democracy – Sunshine Coast. Check out our website alliance4democracy.ca.
Thank you in advance for your support.
Alliance 4 Democracy – Sunshine Coast
8580 Redrooffs Road,
Halfmoon Bay, B.C.,
The Alliance 4 Democracy – Sunshine Coast is working in cooperation with Leadnow.ca, The Dogwood Initiative and Defend Our Coast.
Defend Our Coast is organizing a major gathering in Victoria, BC at the legislature on Monday, October 22, 2012. Details can be obtained at defendourcoast.ca.