From the Islands Trust:
The Islands Trust Council has voted to oppose in principle oil pipeline projects that will expand oil export by barge and tanker from Canada’s West Coast.
Our communities are deeply concerned about the risk of oil spills that could irrevocably damage coastal environments, economies, and communities,” said Sheila Malcolmson, Chair of Islands Trust Council.
Islanders have been vocal about their desire to see Trust Council take a stand against new oil pipelines leading to British Columbia’s coast. Islands Trust Council feels strongly that the proposed expansion in oil tanker and barge traffic poses an unacceptable risk to our quality of life and the incredible diversity of life in our waters.
Concern about tanker traffic and oil spills is not new for the Islands Trust Council,continued Malcolmson.
As early as 1983, the Islands Trust Policy Statement included a policy to oppose increased oil tanker traffic in and adjacent to Trust waters and to support measures to reduce such traffic.
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