National Geographic spotlights proposed oilsands pipeline to B.C.

Dave Cooper
Edmonton Journal
Date published: 
Thu, 2011-07-21


EDMONTON — National Geogprahic magazine has again focused attention on Alberta’s oilsands, this time with an article on Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway project titled “Pipeline Through Paradise.”

The magazine will hit newsstands this week, but the online version is available now.

The article details the sinking of B.C. Ferries’ Queen of the North in 2006, and the oil still leaking from the submerged vessel, suggesting this is a taste of what is in store for the north coast of B.C.

“With the Northern Gateway proposal, the Gitga’at (local First Nations) and the rainforest that surrounds them have been caught up in a great geopolitical oil game. The Northern Gateway isn’t just a pipeline. It’s Canada’s bid to become a global player in the petroleum market,” the article says.

It continues: “The issue is no less critical for the Great Bear Rainforest, a wild stretch of western red cedar, hemlock, and spruce forest that runs 250 miles down British Columbia’s coast. Whales, wolves, bears, and humans thrive in the rich marine channels and forests of the Great Bear, whose boundaries have never been precisely defined.”

Doug Neasloss, a Kitasoo/Xai’xais wildlife guide and marine planner is quoted as saying: “We don’t want another Exxon Valdez on our shores.”

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