Tell independent Senators to pass the North Coast tanker ban bill unamended.

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Don’t let unelected senators kill the North Coast tanker ban

For decades, local people have fought to defend the B.C. coast from the threat of crude oil tanker expansion. Together, Indigenous nations and hundreds of thousands of allies beat Enbridge’s Northern Gateway proposal.

Now, we are so close to seeing a North Coast crude oil tanker ban signed into Canadian law. But Bill C-48 has one more major hurdle to clear: the Senate.

Bill C-48 would ban large crude oil tankers from the Alaska panhandle all the way down to Vancouver Island — a huge step towards defending this stretch of coastline from oil spills.

There is not currently crude oil supertanker traffic in this region, and there’s a reason for that. The local economy depends on a healthy ocean, from fisheries to ecotourism. People’s cultures and livelihoods should not be put at risk for the sake of short-term oil industry profits.

The members of Coastal First Nations — Wuikinuxv, Heiltsuk, Kitasoo/Xaixais, Nuxalk, Gitga’at, Metlakatla, Old Massett, Skidegate and the Council of the Haida Nation — already uphold a ban on oil tankers in their waters. It’s time we brought Canada’s laws in step with theirs.

Deeper reading:
Coastal First Nations
West Coast Environmental Law

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