Don't believe that Double Hulls will protect BC's coast from a supertanker oil spill. They actually contribute to corrosion.
If there won't be spill here why have there been so many oil spills elsewhere? Here is a list of the largest spill each year in liters, '95 to 2003:
1995 5,880,000 Sea Prince
1996 84,400,000 Sea Empress
1997 29,800,000 Evoikos
1998 1,100,000 Maritza Sayalero
1999 33,000,000 Erika
2000 8,230,000 Natuna Sea
2001 12,800,000 Ife
2002 82,000,000 Prestige
2003 35,200,000 Tasman Spirit
There is a glut of supertankers in the world today, forcing charter fees to drop so low they barely cover fuel in some cases. Imagine the pressure on tanker operators to cut corners.
To understand why the Gitga'at organized a two thousand person rally in Prince Rupert watch Oil on our Coast which was produced with Hartley Bay & the Gitga’at Nation. To view this short film about the Enbridge proposal by our good friend,Twyla Roscovich (click here).
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty :
“[The high Canadian dollar] has knocked the wind out of Ontario exporters and manufacturing in particular… So if I had my preferences as to whether we had a rapidly growing oil and gas sector in the West or a lower dollar, I’ll tell you where I stand: with the lower dollar.”
To understand what McGuinty was talking about read this article by Calgary-based business journalist and Governor General's Award-winning author Andrew Nikiforuk http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2012/02/29/Canadian-Dutch-Disease/
When one thinks about it, this argument doesn't make sense, but it really works.
When people are busy and not concentrating, they think "Well that's okay then"
To see an example of how this argument is being funded and promoted click here.
Visit our under water slide show to see how much life there is in the crystal clean water.
Seaweed is collected from the Banks and Dundas Island shores, dried and eaten, without a thought or worry about pollution; it is so flawless and perfect.
Our wild salmon runs are in the tens of millions, fluctuating near historic highs.
We worry about some weak runs and the effect fishfarms seem to be having on the south coast runs with sudden unexplained huge losses and diseases, but let's not leave Canadians with the impression it's a losing battle. Our salmon runs are phenomenal.
Humpback whales and sea lions have made a comeback. One can run by boat for miles in Hecate Strait and Dixon Entrance along feeding humpbacks and see their spouts stretching into the distance in both directions. There are now many sea lion haulouts; barren outcroppings exposed to the open ocean which from a distance have a strange orange-brown hue and unlike other craggy wave crashed rocks look soft. Close-up they are literally covered with sea lions.