Speak up now for B.C.’s pristine coast before allowing tanker traffic

Treacherous nature of B.C. waters must be taken into account

Stephen Harper has told China that the Enbridge pipeline is a done deal and that having huge oil tankers negotiating the narrow waters of B.C.’s coast is safe.

I wonder if Canadians realize that part of the tanker route passes through some of the most dangerous waters in the world.

Factor in our increasingly violent storms, fog and the possibility of human error, B.C.’s coast is in a very precarious and dangerous situation. It isn’t a matter of if a tanker accident/oil spill will happen on B.C.’s pristine coast, it’s a matter of when.

Many of us live in B.C. because it is one of the most beautiful and diverse natural settings in the world. Yet Stephen Harper wants to build a pipeline right through one of the most fragile, delicate and vulnerable settings: The Great Bear Rainforest.

Unless Canadians, particularly the people of B.C. take some action, then the Enbridge pipeline will probably be a done deal. Premier Christy Clark has the power to tell the Harper government that the people of B.C. don’t want it built. But we need to let her know our position.

If we sit back and don’t do anything, we have no one to blame but ourselves.

Lia Fraser

Saanich