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.
It's not a question if a spill will happen, but when. A major oil spill would devastate the ecology and communities of our coast for generations to come; Cordova, Alaska has still not recovered from the effects of the Exxon Valdez after 24 years. Living Oceans Society is working to ensure this never happens here.
Discover some of the oil spill hazards on the proposed tanker routes.