September 20th, 2012 – Victoria City Council has been approached to support the campaign Canadians for the Great Bear, which opposes the Northern Gateway Pipeline and the expansion of crude oil and bitumen exports via tankers along the BC coast. Background materials on this campaign are attached.
The UBCM passed two motions opposing the Northern Gateway Pipeline in 2010 and since then the cities and towns of Terrace, Whistler, Prince Rupert, Nelson, Smithers and the Regional District of Queen Charlotte have passed similar motions. Recently, the City of Victoria passed a motion opposing the expansion of oil tanker traffic along the BC Coast.
This motion is more specific to the Northern Gateway Pipeline project and the significant risk it poses to our coastal communities and the economic risk the pipeline poses to all British Columbians.
WHEREAS the Northern Gateway Project is designed to bring 525,000 barrels of toxic crude oil and 193,000 barrels of condensate a day to the Great Bear region, requiring upwards of 220 oil tankers each year;
AND WHEREAS a crude oil spill will have devastating and long lasting effects on the unique ecosystems, which provide critical marine habitat and resources that sustain the social, cultural, environmental and economic health of coastal communities, including First Nations communities;
AND WHEREAS the City of Victoria supports a thoughtful energy strategy that protects our natural heritage, respects deep Canadian values of fairness and inclusiveness, protects Canadian jobs, and safeguards the interests of all Canadians:
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the City of Victoria express its opposition to the Northern Gateway Pipeline project;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City of Victoria be opposed to any expansion of bulk crude oil tanker traffic as well as bitumen export though British Columbia’s coastal waters, including in Dixon Entrance, Hecate Strait, and Queen Charlotte Sound;
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City of Victoria petition the federal government to establish a legislated ban on bulk crude oil tanker traffic and bitumen export though British Columbia’s coastal waters, including in Dixon Entrance, Hecate Strait, and Queen Charlotte Sound.