Risking it All – Oil on Our Coast

 

Risking it All – Oil on our Coast is a short film that outlines the plans for the pipeline and tanker route and what it means for our beautiful coast. It is produced by Twyla Roscovich in association with Hartley Bay & Gitga’at Nation, Oil on our Coast is meant to inspire, empower and help fuel the battle to save what sustains us. – Twyla Roscovitch

Risking it All – Oil on our Coast from Twyla Roscovich on Vimeo.

Lighthouse Memories is dedicated to lighthouses. BC lighthouses protect the BC coast. Well I think this coast needs protecting now in another way! Please watch the video and see what you think. I am against the Enbridge pipeline – you decide.

Enbridge’s plans for a pipeline and tankers through BC’s magnificent coast:

The north and central coast of British Columbia is one of last great wilderness areas that still support a vibrant & productive ecosystem. Home to thousands of runs of 5 species of salmon, as well as steelhead, grizzlies, wolves, orca, rare white bears, dolphins, porpoises and hundreds of other species. The coast is a natural spring of wealth & wonder.

The plan to build the Enbridge pipeline and ensuing tankers threatens all of this – the coastal ecosystem, the coastal economies and a massive food source.

Besides the incredible array of species that lives there, the coast supports many economies through various activities such as sport fishing, commercial fishing, and tourism, as well as providing a massive natural food source that feeds thousands of people – serving up salmon, crab, halibut, clams, cockles, oolichan, herring, sea cucumbers, urchins, rockfish, lingcod, geoduck, seaweed, and on and on.

The BC coast is a natural resource that just keeps giving its massively generous, life-supporting gifts, on one condition only – that we don’t destroy it!

Now plans are underway that will likely result in just this!  – Twyla Roscovitch

 

And here is a song written in 1975 and sung by Albert Hammond entitled Down By the River. It was written well before Enbridge but listen carefully to the lyrics.

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UPDATE:

 
 

A second ocean-going vessel has run into trouble on the B.C. north coast in two days, creating further fodder for critics seeking to block the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project. Dan Bate, spokesman for the Canadian Coast Guard, said Friday that the deep-sea cargo ship, Tern Arrow, lost engine power in heavy seas and 40-knot winds near Laredo Sound south of Kitimat on Thursday at 2:17 p.m.

Photograph by: Rick Banyard , MarineTraffic.com

A second ocean-going vessel has run into trouble on the B.C. north coast in two days, creating further fodder for critics seeking to block the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project.

Dan Bate, spokesman for the Canadian Coast Guard, said Friday that the deep-sea cargo ship, Tern Arrow, lost engine power in heavy seas and 40-knot winds near Laredo Sound south of Kitimat on Thursday at 2:17 p.m.

The Bahamas-registered 188-metre ship drifted for almost three hours before establishing emergency power at 5 p.m. and heading to open water at one to three knots southbound for the Pine Island pilot station, Bate said.

“At the time the vessel regained power it was south of McInnes Island in open waters.” he added.

Bate said the coast guard ship Gordon Reid was “tasked by the Rescue Centre, but stood off in sheltered waters once the crew of the cargo ship was able to regain emergency power.” The ship’s master reported full propulsion restored at 3:07 a.m. on Friday.

The vessel left the Kitimat Alcan dock, carrying bulk goods, bound for Portland, said Bate, adding two pilots would have joined the ship at Kitimat and disembarked at Pine Island Pilot Station.

Pacific Wild’s Ian McAllister, who lives on Denny Island on the central coast, said the two events bring a strong dose of reality to an Enbridge advertising campaign currently underway designed to allay public concerns.

“As that campaign is rolling out, two near shipping disasters on the same part of the coast where these oil tankers are proposed to transit,” he said. “Enbridge’s analysis of shipping-disaster potential really needs to be revisited.”

On Tuesday night, a loaded container ship, the 279-metre German-registered Hanjin Geneva, changed course to avoid a small fishing boat and hit a sandbar about six nautical miles from Prince Rupert.

The ship was pulled free of the sandbar by a tugboat at high tide Wednesday morning. There was no leak of oil and no injuries.

The ship was piloted by a B.C. coastal pilot, an experienced mariner whose job is navigating large vessels into harbours and through coastal waters.

lpynn@vancouversun.com

© Copyright (c) The Vancouver Sun 
Freighter Tern Arrow adrift off McInnis Island Lighthouse November 22, 2012
Photos by lighthouse keeper Colin Toner

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October 08, 2012 –  Enbridge cartoon conveniently forgets a few islands

by  Posted in Groundswell Spotlight

June 26, 2012 – Enbridge spoof pulled from Province

A veteran B.C. political cartoonist says his newspaper has backed down in a fight with one of Canada’s largest energy companies over a spoof of an advertisement.

Dan Murphy, of the Vancouver Province, created an animated parody targeting Enbridge Inc. and the potential environmental impact of its proposed multi-billion-dollar Northern Gateway pipeline proposal that would cross B.C. and Alberta.

Murphy says his publisher, Postmedia News, pulled the online animation off its website after Enbridge threatened to cut advertising with the newspaper chain, a claim Enbridge denies

The original Enbridge video was designed to promote its controversial pipeline project.

Murphy’s animation mocks Enbridge, splashing oily goo on the screen while questioning the oil giant’s environmental record.

Murphy told CBC News that he was told Enbridge was outraged that its ad was mocked and put heavy pressure on Postmedia News.

The parody was taken down and Murphy says he was given a blunt message by Vancouver Province editor Wayne Moriarity.

“‘If it doesn’t come down, Enbridge says they’re pulling a million dollars worth of advertising from Postmedia, and if it doesn’t come down, I, Wayne Moriarty, I’m going to lose my job,’” Murphy said Moriarity told him.

Copyright issues cited

Contacted by CBC News, Moriarty would only say copyright issues are involved. Other managers at Postmedia did not return CBC’s phone calls.

Murphy's spoof showed oil spurting out from an idyllic setting and then being wiped clean.

Murphy’s spoof showed oil spurting out from an idyllic setting and then being wiped clean. (YouTube)

Enbridge has released a statement saying it did not threaten to pull its ads and that it did not ask for the video to be removed.

An Enbridge spokesman did say a conversation took place with Postmedia, but he wouldn’t divulge any details about who contacted the newspaper company or what was said other than post media had apologized for the spoof.

Murphy says speaking out has been the toughest decision he’s faced in his 25-year career at the paper.

“I could lose my job over this. The company could interpret this as being disloyal. I would argue that it is the opposite.” 

 
As a response to the original video produced by Enbridge Inc, Dan Murphy from the Province produced this spoof.  Thanks also to Lori Waters who identified Enbridge’s missing islands. Also in response to Enbridge’s original video, filmmaker David Shortt of Shortt and Epic Productions produced a beautiful clip showcasing what is really at stake.
 
 

This may appear funny, but read this article Enbridge cartoon conveniently forgets a few islands which explains the problem with Enbridge’s thinking.

From the Living Oceans Society webpage: Douglas Channel on the North Coast of B.C. is prime feeding territory for humpback whales. It’s also the proposed tanker route for the Northern Gateway pipeline. See the risks to the humpbacks associated with supertankers moving through this narrow stretch of water on their way through the waterways of the Great Bear Rainforest. – VIDEO

May 30, 2012 – Enbridge spends millions to promote pipeline

May 28, 2012 – Four former ministers protest ‘taking the guts out’ of Fisheries Act

May 28, 2012 – Coast guard cuts prompt formal B.C. complaint

May 27, 2012 – Here is a song written in 1975 and sung by Albert Hammond entitled Down By the River. It was written well before Enbridge but listen carefully to the lyrics.

 May 25, 2012 – One of the artists mentioned below is Roy Henry Vickers, a First Nations artist who designed the crest at left and who has also made it into a T-shirt design.

May 25, 2012 Artists for an oil-free coast

 

May 25, 2012 – Living Oceans Society  – Facebook and Website

 

April 02, 2012 – Titanic anniversary: The myth of the unsinkable ship  (a great four-piece article by BBC on the development of the unsinkable ships. By the way, they still sink!)

Design and technology innovations may have revolutionised ship safety in the 100 years since the Titanic’s fateful maiden voyage, but no-one will dare repeat the foolhardy boast

March 01, 2012 Let’s Play Russian Roulette with the Spirit Bear

February 17, 2011 – Meet “DilBit” (diluted bitumen): A new word for your troubled oil vocabulary

May 30, 2012Enbridge spends millions to promote pipeline

May 28, 2012Four former ministers protest ‘taking the guts out’ of Fisheries Act

In a rare show of solidarity across party lines, four former federal fisheries ministers – two Conservatives and two Liberals – are speaking out against proposed legislative changes they say will lead to irreparable damage to fish habitat.

May 28, 2012Coast guard cuts prompt formal B.C. complaint

 

May 25, 2012 – One of the artists is Roy Henry Vickers, a First Nations artist who designed the crest at left and who has also made it into a T-shirt design.

May 26, 2012What is Harper afraid of? – oil spill pictorial by Franke James

May 25, 2012Artists for an oil-free coast

 

May 25, 2012 – Living Oceans Society  – Facebook and Website

 

April 02, 2012 – Titanic anniversary: The myth of the unsinkable ship (a great four-piece article by BBC on the development of the unsinkable ship. By the way, they still sink!)

Design and technology innovations may have revolutionised ship safety in the 100 years since the Titanic’s fateful maiden voyage, but no-one will dare repeat the foolhardy boast

March 01, 2012 – Let’s Play Russian Roulette with the Spirit Bear

February 24, 2012Transport Canada study says proposed tanker route has acceptable level of risk, Cullen disagrees – BS says retlkpr!

February 17, 2011Meet “DilBit” (diluted bitumen): A new word for your troubled oil vocabulary

The report is eye opening. Read it to find out about the added risks for explosion. The harder to detect nature of diluted bitumen spills (they didn’t realize it was a spill in Michigan until gunk had been flowing into the Kalamazoo for 12 hours). The markedly increased sand and silica content that apparently acts like an internal pipeline sandblaster.

 

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RELATED WEBSITES (no particular order):

GUPS-Y-BEES ‘Bringer of the Peaceful Wind’

Risking it All – Oil on Our Coast – Twyla Roscovitch

Calling From the Coast – Paul Ross and Twyla Roscovitch

Butterflies, Dragons, and Peace – J. Brian Waddington

Gitagaat Agains Enbridge – Roy Henry Vickers

NRDC SwitchboardContributors

My Green Conscience – Frankie James

Are there any more websites I should list? Please comment, or contact me.

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