LEAKED: Stories from Oil Spills

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Michelle Barlond-Smith woke up in late July 2010 to find her town of Battle Creek, Michigan in the midst of a crisis. There was an oil spill in the Kalamazoo River—just six miles from her house – and the smell penetrated throughout the community.

“You get this headache,” she said. “I can’t explain it to most people, it’s right through the eyes and you live with it constantly. You are dizzy, you are nauseous.”

This is just one of the compelling stories that will be told when ForestEthics Advocacy hosts LEAKED: Stories from Oil Spills on January 31st from 7pm-9:30pm at the Heritage Hall in Vancouver, British Columbia. Join us and hear for yourself the devastation oil has caused in Alberta, Michigan, and British Columbia:

  • Melina Laboucan-Massimo, member of the Lubicon Cree Nation and campaigner with Greenpeace Canada, will share her community’s struggle through an oil spill, including the response from the government and oil industry.
  • Michelle Barlond-Smith from Battle Creek, Michigan will share her first-hand experience living through the disastrous Lubicon Cree nation oil spill in 2010 that left her community heavily scarred.
  • Leah George-Wilson from the T’seil-Waututh Nation will discuss the 2007 Kinder Morgan Burnaby oil spill and how her nation was called into action.
  • Activist and songstress Ta’Kaiya Blaney will raise her powerful young voice to protect our coast from oil spills.

This event coincides with the wrap up of the Enbridge Joint Review Panel hearings in Vancouver, where many stories and creative actions created a buzz. Events like LEAKED are opportunities for us to unite with communities near and far, and offer a clear warning on impacts to British Columbia should tar sands pipeline and rail proposals be approved.

This is one event you’ll be sorry you missed. RSVP today or watch the event live on our YouTube channel the night of the event wherever you may be!


Nikki Skuce
Senior Energy Campaigner, ForestEthics Advocacy

P.S. ForestEthics Advocacy’s organizer Jolan Bailey spoke out at the JRP hearings last week. Check out the video of his testimony!