The day after the federal government approved the Trans Mountain Pipeline yet again, Raincoast’s Wild Salmon Program Director, Misty MacDuffee spoke with Mark Brennae on CFAX 1070 to talk pipelines, whales, and how humans are implicated in the disappearance of species. There is, of course, the risk of an oil spill or a vessel strike, but the noise and disturbance on both inbound and outbound tankers is always a certainty. And that noise can reduce the whales ability to echolocate and communicate.
“Right now when killer whales are in the the Salish sea are in the presence of a vessel 85% of the time. And with this project, they will be in the presence of a vessel more than 92% of the time.” – Misty MacDuffee, Wild Salmon Program Director
Listen to this interview on CFAX 1070.
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“The awareness that we can’t continue to go down the road that we’ve been going down is in many people’s awareness now. And as this fragile network of diversity is unravelling, our own lives are connected to that. So species can’t blink our and an ecosystem can’t unravel without having implications for humans. So whether we want to look at this from a utilitarian perspective of what befalls these species befalls us. Or whether we want to say that the quality of life is compromised without having the attributes of the natural world around us. Depending on where you want to come from, it really all comes down to the same place. And killer whales here are an example of that unravelling.” – Misty MacDuffee, Wild Salmon Program Director