Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Ta'Kaiya sings to save British Columbia from Enbridge pipeline. She is 10.

This music video was written and sung by Ta'Kaiya, a 10-year old Sliammon aboriginal girl who now lives in Vancouver, Canada. 

The proposed Enbridge pipeline from the oil sands to Kitimat and the oil super tankers that would carry the crude oil through some of B.C.'s most important ecosystems cannot be allowed. Each and every British Columbian and each and every person who has traveled with us will be affected if this is allowed to happen!

We have 2 elections coming.. one federal and one provincial... and I beg each and every person to find out who are the best parties to lead us out of this gargantuan mess. I know that we all have our individual concerns about the state of our economy, but without looking after our coast and our rivers and streams, we will have nothing.  Please listen to the message of Ta'Kaiya.

~ Trish & Eric, Ocean Adventures BC. Educational Wildlife Benefit Tours.

Allowing OIL SUPERTANKERS each with carrying capacities of 2 million barrels of oil into the Dixon Entrance, Hecate Strait, Wright Sound, and Douglas Channel would jeopardize the $1.7 billion Pacific coast fishery, the 13,000 commercial fisheries jobs, the approximate 10,000 jobs in the cruise ship and recreational tourism industry, and entire coastal cultures from the threat of oil spills.

More than 12 years for Trish and a lifetime for Eric of traveling on B.C.'s central and north coasts could not have prepared us for how little time the iLCP took to capture the essence of these lands and waters of immeasurable beauty.

The International League of Conservation Photographers spent 2 weeks in the Great Bear Rainforest documenting what is at stake should the proposed oil super tankers be allowed to transit the Hecate Strait, Wright Sound and Douglas Channel... waters that proved fatal for B.C. Ferries, "Queen of the North" when she foundered and sank on Gil Island.

Tonight as I write this piece for our "Enviro Alerts", the central and north coasts of British Columbia marine forecasts read "Hurricane Force Winds with Freezing Spray". "Storm Force" winds and "Freezing Spray" were forecast for the very narrow Douglas Channel and Wright Sound... narrow channels that have.. and will continue to... test even local mariners.

Reports by friends who work through the winter on the central and north coasts, speak of the spray from sea water, building up as ice on their boat... of sea spray swept onto islands at the edge of the Hecate, freezing and turning trees into ice and killing them.. and of people who live here having their travel suddenly curtailed in the wake of these powerful and unforgiving storms.

The locals that have lived and worked on this coast their whole lives understand the severity of these storms and respect these waters for all that they produce... and for all that they can just as quickly take away...

Recently, our newly elected Premier Christy Clark said that the economy of the Province of British Columbia would benefit from the proposed Enbridge pipeline from the oil sands in Alberta to the Port of Kitimat on B.C.'s north coast... and... from the oil SUPER tankers that would travel to Kitimat to pick up the oil to transport it to new markets in Asia.

Ms. Clark has also stated that she wants to listen to the people of British Columbia! Time will tell if she is listening to:

The Aboriginal People whose traditional lands the proposed pipeline will transit and the Aboriginal People who's traditional lands and waters the oil SUPER tankers will travel. It should be noted that the "Coastal First Nations Great Bear Initiative" has stated, on more than one occasion, that they will do whatever it takes to stop these projects. (see
The Sport Fishing sector who will not only be affected by the oil SUPER tankers and any possible spill, but those that offer fly fishing trips on rivers and lakes along the proposed Enbridge pipeline route.

*The Commercial Fishermen of B.C. who have already spoken out about their concerns regarding these projects. With the proposed Enbridge pipeline traveling through the watersheds of some of B.C.'s most important rivers such as the Fraser, the Skeena, and the Kitimat, PLUS the damage that an oil spill could do to marine environments, it is no wonder any one that feeds their families from the sea, would be worried.

Tourism Operators take people from all over the world to enjoy the pristine wildernesses on B.C.'s central and north coasts. The powerful landscapes, the unparalleled wildlife viewing and whale watching and the unique and awe inspiring coastal aboriginal cultures introduce visitors to what is at stake if the proposed Enbridge pipeline and proposed oil SUPER tankers come.
Local businesses and individuals that work with or in any of these sectors, see the benefits of stopping these projects.
The people of British Columbia who feed their families from the sea, from the lakes and rivers, and from the pristine wilderness areas, do not want over a thousand kilometers of pipelines in their back yards or oil SUPER tankers on our coast.
The people of British Columbia who have enjoyed the coast as their playground, as their refuge from city life, and as a classroom for their children and grand children.


Allowing oil supertankers, (each with carrying capacities of 2 million barrels of oil) into the Dixon Entrance, Hecate Strait, Wright Sound, and Douglas Channel would jeopardize the $1.7 billion Pacific coast fishery, the 13,000 commercial fisheries jobs, the approximate 10,000 jobs in the cruise ship and recreational tourism industry, and entire coastal cultures from the threat of oil spills.

Enbridge has proposed the construction of two pipelines and a marine terminal in Kitimat to send tar sands oil to export. The 1,170 kilometers of pipeline will carry an average of 525,000 barrels of oil per day west from Bruderheim, Alberta, and 193,000 barrels per day of condensate east to thin oil for pipeline transport. From the marine terminal, tar sands oil would be loaded onto approximately 225 oil tankers per year, which would then navigate the Douglas Channel and around the coastal archipelago to the sea.

The proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline crosses rough, mountainous terrain through the sensitive watersheds of the upper Fraser, Skeena, and Kitimat. There are serious concerns about the risks of oil spills. On July 26, 2010, an Enbridge pipeline spill in Michigan released four million litres of oil into the Kalamazoo River.

On March 24, 1989, the Exxon Valdez, an oil tanker bound for California, hit the Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound and spilled 260,000 to 750,000 barrels of crude oil. The oil eventually covered 2,100 km of coastline and 28,000 km2 of ocean.


Is the government aware that Canada is virtually alone among oil-producing countries in not having the means to supply our own needs? Ontario and Quebec in particular are completely landlocked from oil supplies. The government likes to talk about how Canada is open for business and how we need to attract foreign investment in Canada, when in fact, the effect of all these pipelines is to guarantee long-term investment in foreign countries, not in Canada. The processing facilities are in the U.S.A. and Asia, not in Canada. The processing jobs are in the U.S.A. and Asia, not in Canada. I would love answers on how this foreign investment is good for Canadians. Should we not be securing these jobs for Canadians? After all, is this not Canadian oil?




The Conservative government's recent reinterpretation of the moratorium has meant that Methanex and Encana have been allowed to import condensate in tankers to the port of Kitimat.

Since 2006, over 30 tankers carrying condensate have been allowed to travel through the inside passage to Kitimat, B.C. For those who do not know, condensate is a highly flammable hydrocarbon used to thin the tar-like oil extracted from the tar sands. It is classified as a dangerous good by the federal government and is so toxic that it kills marine life contact!


Enbridge is trying to counter this risk with advertised assurances of employment, safety and prosperity. But the "economic growth" promised for Northern BC is temporary, most jobs will disappear once the pipeline is built. And the improved navigation systems for all marine traffic, touted as one of the benefits of developing Kitimat as a busy international oil port, will be necessary because the low risk from present traffic will become high risk with the mass arrival of supertankers. With capacities of 2 million barrels of oil, some will be nearly double the size of the ill- fated Exxon Valdez. As a sobering perspective on the frequency and extent of tanker caused marine disasters, this devastating 1989 spill in Alaska was only the 54th largest.

Enbridge is spending millions of dollars sponsoring TV and Radio ads, sponsoring athletics and a host of other "community friendly" events, including the "Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer"!

As Enbridge offers even more money to pay off the Aboriginal Peoples along the proposed pipelines and oil SUPER tanker route, they continue to insult not only the First Nations people, but all British Columbians!

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