Working toward an Oil-Free Coast
Perhaps the most relevant threat to the protection and conservation of habitat on the BC coast is the potential for increased oil transport in our waters. The resultant habitat destruction and degradation, coupled with the inevitable consequences of spilled oil, make keeping our coast oil-free essential.
Raincoast has worked tirelessly for ten years against oil expansion projects in BC, through on-the-ground research, formal intervention, and grassroots activism. The current projects in our efforts for an Oil-Free Coast are listed below.
Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Project
The latest threat to the BC coast comes from Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, which plans to transport tar sands oil through the Salish Sea – home to a wide range of coastal species, including critical habitat for the endangered southern resident killer whales. Raincoast is an official intervenor against this project and is participating in the National Energy Board review process.
Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Project
Putting the Great Bear Rainforest at risk, the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project has serious implications for the animals of coastal British Columbia through habitat destruction, increased tanker traffic and the very real threat of catastrophic oil spill. Raincoast was a formal intervenor against the project in the National Energy Board review process and continues to fight to keep the coast Oil-Free.
In collaboration with Patagonia and accomplished film maker Chris Malloy, Raincoast set sail with a world-famous line up of US and Canadian surfers into the Great Bear Rainforest. Their goal was to produce an epic surf documentary while at the same time educating people as to the threats and potential impacts of the Northern Gateway project to both habitat and a way of life.
Salish Sea Spill Map Project
In response to the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain project and their inadequate oil spill modelling, Raincoast has launched an innovative study to determine the potential fate of oil spilled in the Salish Sea. Our real time, on-the-ground study has not only provided interesting results, but also educated the public to the very real possibility of oil washing up on their coastline.
Art for an Oil-Free Coast
In 2012, fifty artists took up paintbrushes and carving tools in an effort to protect Canada’s fragile raincoast from the Northern Gateway project. The resultant original works of art were just the beginning and an art show, auction, book, and film ensued all to support our efforts to keep the coast Oil-Free. Many pieces, including books and videos are still available to purchase and help continue the fight.