Dear Safe Shippers,
You may have heard the disappointing news by now: earlier this week, Canada gave a second green light to their Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion project. This project will increase tanker traffic in our island waters from approximately 1 per week to 1 per day. Since 2014, we have joined forces with entities and individuals on both sides of the border to send a message to Canada: “The world does not need more polluting oil tankers, so keep them out of our orca waters and away from our shorelines!”
Our fellow warriors in this fight are not giving up. Let’s join them! Below is a list of Salish Sea saviors. You can learn more about them and then decide who and how you would like to support.
Friends of the San Juans keeps an eye on our region’s increasing shipping projects and is on the frontline opposing projects that threaten the health of the Salish Sea and advocating for safe shipping practices:
The Tsleil-Waututh Nation are “The People of the Inlet” – the Burrard Inlet from which the oil tankers launch. They have a mandate to protect their traditional territory and do not give their consent to this project:
The Pull Together Campaign (RAVEN and Sierra Club BC) funds Indigenous legal challenges against the pipeline:
STAND.earth works on the mainland to prevent expansion of oil train projects and presses for stricter oil train safety standards. Note: Oil train projects in our region usually equate to more shipping through the Salish Sea.
Georgia Strait Alliance is an effective defender of the creatures and communities living at the northern portion of our shared Salish Sea. https://georgiastraitalliance.cmail19.com/t/ViewEmail/d/E3E508ACED5306FD2540EF23F30FEDED/DA7EC967F9583E3AA2432AF2E34A2A5F
Raincoast Conservation Foundation is a team of conservationists and scientists who use rigorous, peer-reviewed science and community engagement to protect the lands, water and wildlife of British Columbia.
IN THE NEWS:
The Seattle Times: Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion approved; oil-tanker traffic could soar in Northwest
The Seattle Times: For orcas’ sake, we will not give up the fight against Canada pipeline
Governor Inslee’s statement on Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion: “…this expansion is not inevitable…”
Thank you, Safe Shippers! We are all in this together!