Town Hall on saving the Salish Sea

Save Our Shores – Gabriola

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Monday, October 7 2013

Imagine oil tankers 167 metres long - 100 metres longer than a BC Ferries Spirit of Vancouver Island - in the Salish Sea.

Imagine over 400 of these vessels per year transiting out of Burrard Inlet, more than a fourfold increase from current levels.

Imagine an oil spill on your favourite Gabriola beach and the suffering of our marine wildlife as a result of such a disaster.

A group of Gabriolans are seriously concerned about this possibility if the Kinder Morgan pipeline is approved. You are invited to a Gabriola Island Town Hall meeting: Stop Oil and Coal Exports, Save the Salish Sea! To be held on Thursday, October 17, 7:30 p.m. at the Agricultural Hall, 465 South Road.

A town-hall style discussion will follow presentations from Alexandra Woodsworth, Energy and Shipping Campaigner, Georgia Strait Alliance; Eoin Madden, Climate Campaigner, Wilderness Committee; Sheila Malcolmson, Chair, Islands Trust; Maureen Wild, “Athabasca River Pilgrimage: From Source to Tar Sands.”

Plans to build a new tar sands pipeline to the coast and increase coal shipments from our ports risk turning the Salish Sea into a superhighway for fossil fuel exports. If these projects go ahead, BC will go from being a green leader to a global climate change export hub.

This free public meeting will cover the Kinder Morgan tar sands pipeline and tanker proposal, as well as the proposed Fraser Surrey Docks and Pacific Gateway Terminal coal export facilities. Speakers will highlight the risks of these fossil fuel developments, share information about the current status of each project, and explore how Gabriolans can help protect the magnificent Salish Sea from a catastrophic oil spill that would devastate the marine environment, coastal communities and BC’s entire economy for decades to come.

Information: www.salishseaaction.org

Contacts:

Deb Ferens, Save our Shores Gabriola: 250-247-8335

Alexandra Woodsworth, Georgia Strait Alliance: 778-316-5558

Eoin Madden, Wilderness Committee: 604-353-9603