Salish Sea at highest risk of an oil spill in Canada

Georgia Strait Alliance responds to the Tanker Safety Expert Panel report

December 3, 2013

VANCOUVER – Commenting on the publication today by Transport Canada of the Tanker Safety Expert Panel’s report on Canada’s ship-source oil spill preparedness and response regime, Alexandra Woodsworth, Energy and Shipping Campaigner at Georgia Strait Alliance said:

“Today’s report reveals that the Salish Sea is already at the highest risk of an oil spill in Canada – without considering the sixfold increase in tankers that would ply these waters if the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion proposal is approved. It’s also the latest in a long line of official warnings that we are woefully unprepared to deal with a worst-case scenario spill.”

She continued, “When it comes to oil spill response, we need prevention because there is no cure. And the best way to minimize the risk of polluting our waters is to stand up for our coast and our communities and say no to Kinder Morgan.”

Georgia Strait Alliance is a BC citizens’ group working to protect and restore the marine environment and promote the sustainability of Georgia Strait, and is currently campaigning to raise awareness about the threat posed by Kinder Morgan’s plan to expand the Trans Mountain pipeline.

The tanker safety expert panel’s report is available here.


For more information please contact:

Alexandra Woodsworth, Energy and Shipping Campaigner, Georgia Strait Alliance