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Tankers - What's the Issue
Two pipeline mega-projects are threatening to bring supertankers to Canada’s Pacific North Coast for the first time. These giant vessels—called Very Large Crude Carriers and Aframax tankers—would transport tar sands crude oil to markets in Asia and the southern U.S. Each tanker would carry up to two million barrels of oil, nearly eight times the amount spilled by the infamous Exxon Valdez in Alaska.
Between the two projects, the B.C. coast would see as many as 600-700 supertankers each year. Until very recently, the Pacific inshore waters were a tanker-free zone. That zone was created because we all know that the fragile ecosystems of the B.C. coast are precious—both intrinsically and in their contribution to a healthy, sustainable economy.
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