Islands Trust opposes pipeline project

Potential for oil spills a concern for Gulf Island communities.

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, council chairwoman. “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 council, said 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,” she said.

In a related decision, council asked Malcolmson to write to the federal Minister of Natural Resources to support the phasing out of crude oil export from Canada’s West Coast by tanker and barge as part of a national energy strategy.

The letter builds on a June 2011 council request that the provincial and federal governments consider developing a low carbon energy strategy that strengthens both Canada’s environment and economy.

During discussion about whether to oppose the Kinder Morgan Canada’s Trans Mountain Pipeline twinning project and Enbridge’s Northern Gateway project, council members expressed concerns about peak oil and climate change. They felt Canada should focus on renewable energies and domestic energy security instead of shipping unrefined oil products while importing refined oils.

At its June meeting, council also directed the Islands Trust executive committee to represent the Trust’s legislated mandate to preserve and protect the Trust area during Kinder Morgan public engagement processes related to the proposed pipeline expansion.

Just Posted

Not-all-candidates’ debate organized with voters in mind

Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce and Our Nanaimo using application process to select participants

School district to look into busing limitations in Lantzville

School bus routes consolidated for efficiency, but parents communicate concerns

Get ready for a week of sunshine across Vancouver Island

Environment Canada is forecasting temperatures in the high teens all this week

Community’s water stewards celebrate Nanaimo Rivers Day

Event at Bowen Park on Sunday included barbecue, stream walk and information booths

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Homelessness a symptom of society’s ills

I think people feel hopeless about themselves and about this society, says letter writer

Video: Flyers new mascot ‘Gritty’ a bearded, googly-eyed terror

The Philadelphia Flyers unveiled their new mascot Monday, and as one would expect of the team that gave us the “Broad Street Bullies,” he’s far from cuddly.

Candidate lists finalized for Nanaimo, Lantzville, RDN, school district

Nomination deadline passes in advance of Oct. 20 local government elections

Supreme Court grants injunction against Nanaimo’s Discontent City

Justice Ronald Skolrood’s decision released this morning

United Way, with public’s support, willing to tackle challenging issues

Minister shares stories during Nanaimo event to launch United Way fundraising campaign

Lantzville councillor Swain hoping to become mayor

Mark Swain wants to ensure development follows the official community plan

Harvest Moon to light up B.C. skies with an ‘autumn hue’

It’s the first moon after the autumn equinox

Hockey league gets $1.4M for assistance program after Humboldt Broncos crash

Program will help players, families, coaches and volunteers after the shock of the deadly crash

Canada has removed six out of 900 asylum seekers already facing U.S. deportation

Ottawa had said the ‘overwhelming majority’ had been removed

Most Read