The mainstream media is constantly presenting images of ‘pump jacks’ in stories about the Alberta Oil Sands…
but these images do not reflect the reality of Bitumen being extracted from the earth in Northern Alberta…
Alberta is landlocked and needs the coast of British Columbia to export the dirtiest oil on the planet…
the international oil industry has convinced Canada’s Federal Liberal government and British Columbia’s Provincial Liberal government to approve the Texas based Kinder-Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline despite the majority of coastal people being totally apposed to this pipeline and the increased spills from oil tankers it will bring here!
OIL AND WATER DON’T MIX
KEEP UP THE PRESSURE TO PROTECT ALL OF BC’s COAST
SPREAD THE WORD NOT THE OIL
CHILLIWACK releases ‘Take Back This Land’
Frontman Bill Henderson “was incensed after watching Coastal Tarsands: Journey to Deleted Islands”
August 5, 2015 Times Colonist (Read Article)
Green Party of Canada Leader Elizabeth May gave a strong response to the Government of Canada’s approval of the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline project. She also provides a very effective hands-on demonstration of the properties of Bitumen.
June 17, 2014 House of Commons Foyer, Ottawa, Ontario.
‘COASTAL TARSANDS’ Film Reviews
I was taken away by the breathtaking beauty, peace, and importance of the coast, and then, earth shatteringly, jarringly, brought back to reality with powerful facts and clear visuals. Boyce’s mixture of hope, urgency and information left me with tears in my eyes for everything we have and the chance that we might lose it. Like Boyce, if you want to be inspired to action, if you want to be shocked, and, most of all, if you want to be educated, watch this movie. It is the most solid collection of data and evidence about tankers that I have come across yet. - Natalie Dunsmuir
Boyce’s knowledge of and passion for the well being of BC’s environmentally sensitive central coast is obvious, and Coastal Tar Sands offers some of the most comprehensive first-hand reporting available on the subject of Northern Gateway. – Tyler Batten – Alternatives\Journal
Enbridge Spill Record
as reported by CBC May 5, 2013
Enbridge, the biggest oil and gas pipeline company in Canada, is breaking National Energy Board safety rules at 117 of its 125 pump stations across the country. That means 94% of Enbridge’s pump stations do not have the required shut-off value systems to stop the flow of oil in the event of a pipeline rupture. Federal regulations, introduced 15 years ago, require these emergency shut-off value systems. However government officials have not reported these violations by Enbridge. LINK to CBC News
Oral statement given on January 7. 2013
in Victoria, B.C. by Mr. Sid Jorna
To the Joint Panel Review Panel for
the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline.
“First of all, thank you for hearing these submissions. My name is Sid Jorna. I’m a retired commander of the Royal Canadian Navy with a bridge watchkeeping certificate, so I’ve had experience at sea. With a Master’s degree in engineering, I’ve had a second career as a Director of Engineering, General Dynamics Canada, overseeing the development of naval sonar equipment.”
“Knowing something of the marine environment, I will therefore confine my comments to the issue of bulk oil carrier vessels in the Dixon Entrance, the Hecate Strait and the Douglas Channels.”
“In my opinion, bulk oil carriers in these waters pose an unacceptable risk of a significant oil spill with extreme consequences to the environment. I believe that a major tanker accident in this confined sea is inevitable over time due to the nature of the tankers and the nature of the sea and climate of this region.”
“The very large crude carriers, or the ultra large crude carriers, are huge, ponderous ships of 366 meters or more, 25 meters of draft, and carrying some 2 million barrels of crude oil or more. They have the capacity to spill roughly 10 times the oil that was spilled by the Exxon Valdez.”
“By comparison, the Exxon Valdez was a double-hulled crude oil carrier with a capacity of approximately 1.2 million barrels of oil. It spilled roughly 10% of that, causing all that environmental damage in Prince William Sound.”
“Consider the destructive potential of a modern bulk oil carrier. Bulk oil carriers are not very maneuverable. In the very nimble destroyers of the Navy, we considered that the point at which collision cannot be avoided by the action of one ship alone is reached at approximately three kilometers owing to the huge momentum and limited ability to maneuver of the bulk oil carriers.”
“Another measure of the vessel’s huge momentum was its stopping ability, needing at least 8 to 10 kilometers to stop. These vessels are so large that they must constantly alter course to the waves to avoid setting up harmonic oscillations which could tear the vessel apart.”
“Douglas Channel from Kitimat to the Hecate Strait consists of 140 kilometers of narrow, winding passages with multiple islands, rock outcroppings and steep cliff banks. The narrowest point is approximately 1.2 kilometers across between 90-metre- high cliffs.”
“This is not a safe passage for such a large, ponderous ship. Even in the best of conditions, with tugs in attendance, conditions are not often the best. A ship would not be able to ride out a tsunami in the Douglas Channel where the wave would be magnified greatly by the funneling effect of the Channel.”
“Winter storms manifest as southerlies along the coast. It is because of these winds that waves of over 30 meters—30 meters—have been recorded at the weather buoy at the southern end of the Hecate Strait.”
“Hecate Strait is notorious for hurricane force winds and gargantuan waves. An excellent description of possible conditions here can be found in Chapter 10 of The Golden Spruce  by John Vaillant. I’ll paraphrase a few.”
- Hecate Strait is arguably the most dangerous body of water on the west coast of British Columbia. On a regular basis, its unique combination of wind, tide, shoals and shallows produce a kind of destructive synergy. Katabatic winds generated in the mountains funnel wind tunnel style through the many fjords, like Douglas Channel.
- Winter storms manifest as southerlies along the coast. It is because of these winds that waves of over 30 meters—30 meters—have been recorded at the weather buoy at the southern end of the Hecate Strait.
- The Straits are so dangerous because these weather systems can occur simultaneously. Thus when a southwesterly sea storm, blowing at 80 to 160 knots per hour, collides head on with a northeasterly katabatic wind of similar strength, the result is a kind of an atmospheric hammer and anvil effect.
- Westerly sea storm, blowing at 80 to 160 knots per hour, collides head on with a northeasterly katabatic wind of similar strength; the result is a kind of an atmospheric hammer and anvil effect.
- Tides that can run up to seven meters are another ingredient. The transfer of such volumes of water in the confined spaces like the Douglas Channel and the Hecate Strait form the effect of a giant thumb pressed over the end of an even larger garden hose.
- The third ingredient is called an overfall which occurs when wind and tide are moving rapidly in opposite directions. Overfalls are steep, closely packed, unpredictable waves capable of rolling a fishing boat and driving it into the sea bottom. The overfalls can show up anywhere but are intensified by sandbars and shoals like those that extend for 30 kilometers off the end of Rose Spit between Masset and Prince Rupert.
- Large enough waves will expose the sea floor of the Hecate Strait. The result is one of the most diabolically hostile environments that wind, sea and land are capable of conjuring up.
“That’s the description in that particular book. My own worst experience of the sea’s fury was in the aircraft carrier HMCS Bonaventure. Off Halifax, the seas were so monumental that the captain diverted 700 kilometers to avoid turning the vessel sideways to the seas. This is a large vessel. It was impossible to stand upright on the bridge. The captain ended up in the bottom of a heap. We were lucky because this storm occurred when we were in open waters with room to maneuver and not in a confined space such as the Hecate Strait.”
“This description of frequent conditions in the Hecate Strait does not instill confidence in the ability to manage with technology. In these conditions the huge tankers may be rendered helpless, their attending tugboats pathetic and no match for the fury of the wind and the sea.”
“It is a form of hubris to believe that a combination of risk reduction measures in these conditions will prevent a catastrophic event. Risk reduction measures did not prevent the sinking of Arrow in 1970, the sinking of Ocean Ranger in 1982, the sinking of Exxon Valdez in 1989, the sinking of the Northern Explorer ferry in 2007, and the Deep Water Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, and the pipeline spills of the Kalamazoo River of 2011.”
“During the time of writing this submission there has been one grounding in the approaches to Prince Rupert and an Alaska oilrig has to be evacuated and is adrift in the Arctic waters. On the east coast, a naval vessel has just parted its towline and sustained damage. A 7.5 Magnitude earthquake occurred 160 kilometers northwest of Haida Gwaii less than 48 hours ago.”
“In the case of Dixon Entrance, Hecate Strait and Douglas Channel, a tanker disaster is a predictable certainty over time and an unrecoverable ecological disaster for everyone.”
“Please drop this very bad idea and reinstate the moratorium on tanker traffic in northern BC waters that have protected our northern coasts for 40 years. Thank you.”
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