sen. mobina jaffer: it’s time to protect b.c.’s northern coast from oil tankers - oil spill pads

by:Demi     2019-09-15
sen. mobina jaffer: it’s time to protect b.c.’s northern coast from oil tankers  -  oil spill pads
Nearly 30 years have passed since the Exxon Valdez tanker ran aground and leaked 40 million liters of crude oil to Prince William Bay, Alaska --
A far-reaching environmental disaster
The spill affected the 2,100-kilometer coastline, killing about 250,000 seabirds, 2,800 sea otters, 300 seals, 250 bald eagles and 20 killer whales.
It also severely destroys the breeding cycle of salmon and herring.
Imagine a disaster on the northern coast of British Columbia.
In order to avoid such a disaster, a voluntary tanker restricted area has been established since 1985.
However, this protection has not yet been incorporated into the law, although it is more difficult to control and clean up oil spills in this remote and primitive area.
That's why I'm proud to sponsor the government bill.
48, this will be officially Long
Suspend crude oil tankers at Station B. C.
North Coast.
The tanker Suspension Act will prohibit large tankers carrying crude and heavy oil from docking and loading and unloading at Port B North. C.
Will be extended from Canada-
Alaska borders the northern end of Vancouver Island. If Bill C-
The new law will protect Haida Gawa, Queen Charlotte's voice, Kitty Matt, Prince Rupert and many other regions from the risk of major leaks.
Such protection is essential.
The beauty of this coastal area and the abundance of wildlife make it a world
This is a famous eco-tourism resort, where visitors can enjoy natural wonders such as the Como bear, the ancient growing rainforest, the iconic killer whale, the White eagles and the lush kelp bed.
This ecological wealth creates jobs and opportunities for sustainable economic growth.
It is estimated that the wilderness tourism industry in the British province of Colombia is worth more than $0. 782 billion per year, with about 40,000 employees.
Leaks can also damage coastal aboriginal communities economically and culturally.
48 received strong support from communities with the greatest risks.
More than 12,000 Canadians, including members of indigenous peoples, requested the House of Commons to pass C-48.
The fact is that transporting oil is a risk, especially in the harsh waters of northern B. C. coastline.
Unfortunately, in B. C.
There is no response capability at all, fast enough and large enough.
Reducing the risk of oil leakage is the purpose of the act.
Nevertheless, the legislation still recognizes that coastal communities rely on some of these crude oil and therefore allows for the continued shipment of a small amount of crude oil.
In addition, under the proposed law, energy products that dissipate faster by evaporation, such as liquefied natural gas, will be exempt from the ban.
So C-Bill
48 in line with the recently announced final approval of the $40 billion Canadian LNG project for LNG plants and pipelines in northern B. C.
The tanker Suspension Act, which has been passed in the House of Commons, is on second reading in the Senate.
In a speech I gave in support of the bill in June, I think the bill has struck the right balance between a clean environment and a strong economy.
The more robust southern port of BC with the marine safety system will remain open to tanker transport as always, and smaller tankers will still be allowed to serve B. C.
To meet the existing industrial and residential needs, our northern community.
The British columnians are well aware of the risks of the oil spill and of the need to work together to protect our Pacific Coast.
With the passage of the tanker Suspension Act in the Senate, I look forward to working with you on the bill48 law. Sen.
Is a sponsor of the tanker Suspension Act.
She represents BC.
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