Podcast for April 2018: When pipelines and tankers spill…

The B.C. government filed a reference case to the province’s highest court to prove their jurisdiction to protect local people from diluted bitumen. And they want to hear from you (yes, you!) about oil spill response.

Your hosts Lisa and Sophie are joined by two very special guests — West Coast Environmental Law’s Stephanie Hewson, and former Trans Mountain engineer Romilly Cavanaugh — to give you the information you need to submit your comment.

(Bonus: Lisa has great fun proving that Sophie doesn’t know what’s happening in the world outside of the Kinder Morgan fight.)

This episode was recorded on Coast Salish territory.

Take Action

Submit your comment to the consultation process: http://dogwoodbc.ca/petitions/defend-bc-from-oil-spills/

The deadline is Monday, April 30. Spread the word!

Deeper reading:

B.C. spills regulation

Province submits court reference to protect B.C.’s coast, Office of the Premier.

Support stronger regulations to keep B.C. safe from oil spills, West Coast Environmental Law

How a pipeline engineer got arrested in anti-pipeline protests, The Guardian, Ashifa Kassam

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5 Responses to “Podcast for April 2018: When pipelines and tankers spill…”

  1. Susan Christensen says:

    The podcast really pushes the point—especially the scenario on a spill into the Fraser R.90% of which would arrive at Vancouver polluting and killing and ruining everything in its wake.

  2. David Kennedy says:

    Hello Dogwood Podcast Team:
    I am a strong supporter of the Dogwood activities. I do have a strongly felt comment for you on the podcast team that I tried to listen to April 2018. The women who did this podacst interview are obviously sincere and well meaning–however– their voices project a strongly “uptalk” style with a somewhat choked up addditon to that vocalization. This is not a pleasant presentation style and I actually had to shut it down. I am an older person and I hope you will forgive me for this complaint—however– if you can do something about this it would be gratefully appreciated, and I suspect would also be appreciated by many others.
    Yours Sincerely,
    David Kennedy, Vernon BC

    • Lisa Sammartino says:

      Hi David!

      Thanks for your message. Young women often get feedback like this. The truth is simple: my and Sophie’s voices do not sound like the typical male voice that you may be used to. But this is what my voice sounds like. I can’t train myself to speak any other way, and I don’t expect others to change their voices either. I’m sorry that you are not able to finish the podcast, but unfortunately we cannot physically make the changes you require.

      – Lisa

  3. Charlene Simon says:

    Why are you encouraging any participation in the Government’s spill response other than to say NO to the fracking, transporting, piping and shipping of ANY more fossil fuel products?

    Romily Cavanaugh made it very clear what happens during oil spills.

    It is hypocritical to encourage us to say that we want better spill response.

    This ignores climate change. Period.

    I am disappointed in Dogwood for this confusing stance. It appears that you think, regardless of your own podcast information about previous spill and marine destruction, and regardless of climate change, you still support the pipeline with imaginary spill cleanup. This is misleading and confusing, and creates the impression that cleanup is possible.

    • Hi Charlene — thanks for the feedback! (And your note there would certainly make for an excellent comment to the B.C. government’s spill consultation process.)

      Dogwood remains firm in our stance against crude oil tanker expansion on the B.C. coast, and we’re laser-focused right now on stopping the Kinder Morgan pipeline and tanker project. We know, as discussed in the podcast, that the majority of oil when spilled cannot be recovered. Still, we want to be cognizant of the reality that pipelines and oil tankers are already shipping oil products through our communities every day. When they spill, like in Burnaby in 2007, or in English Bay in 2015, or in the Seaforth Channel in 2016, or in so many other instances… then want stronger regulations so the polluters have to compensate communities for the damage they’ve done.

      We didn’t get into climate change much on this podcast, but it’s a top priority for myself, Dogwood, and so many other British Columbians. Glad to be in this together.

      – Sophie

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