A Visual Argument Against The Northern Gateway Pipeline
If you look closely, you’ll notice that the pipeline doesn’t actually end on the coast. Rather, it ends in Kitimat which is more than 100 km from open water. In order to get to open water, the super-tankers, some of which are 3,5 football fields long and 200 feet wide, would have to travel through narrow, dangerous fiords.
The image below shows how a spill from one of those super-tankers would spread along the coast:
We can expect those massive ships to go through that fiord at a rate of one every two days.
History tells us that oil spills are impossible to contain and clean up. History also tells us that oil companies will do everything they can in order to NOT compensate the people that are affected by spills. And a spill such as the one portrayed above would affect aboriginal communities, the local tourism industry and fisherman all along the Pacific coast. (As a note, the BC salmon fishing industry alone employs 16 000 people and is worth $1,7 billion a year. Crab fishing in the north BC coast adds another $20 million dollars a year to the local economy.)