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Comment: West Coast oil spill would be a killer for whales

October 26th 2013

By Misty MacDuffee and Chris Genovali, Victoria Times Colonist

Janet loves the orcas. At least that’s what Enbridge would have had us believe in its now-aborted Northern Gateway ads that featured the company’s vice-president Janet Holder touting how safe oil tankers are for B.C.’s killer whales.

Unfortunately, Janet must not remember what happened to killer whales 24 years ago after the Exxon Valdez grounded on Bligh Reef, or she wouldn’t be willing to potentially subject animals she allegedly adores to miserable deaths like those suffered by Alaska’s whales.

To read the full article please visit the Times Colonist’s web site



Misty MacDuffee is a biologist with the Raincoast Conservation Foundation. Chris Genovali is Raincoast’s executive director.

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4 Responses to “Comment: West Coast oil spill would be a killer for whales”

  1. judith says:

    Thank you Misty and Chris. You are the experts and you are the scientists that know and tell the truth. More and more people are listening to you so please continue to keep us informed.

  2. Whale Watch says:

    We need to really take a look at what we’re doing here. If we make the whales go extinct, it’ll upset the balance of the oceans worldwide. What would happen then?

  3. We’ve got to open our eyes a little bit as the human race. We’re supposed to be the most intelligent creatures on the planet yet we only look at our short term gains and disregard the consequences of our long term losses. Imagine if we upset the balance of the ecosystems in our oceans so badly that we made the whales and other marine go extinct. That’d mess everything up globally.

  4. I’m a big fan of your works Misty and Chris. I absolutely loved your article “British Columbia’s Coast in the Balance”. Your passion speaks volumes.

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