Oil Spills in Your Backyard

Oil Spills

May 9, 2016

Vancouver hosted the Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference this month, the Province’s new spill legislation was debated on the floor of the legislature, and Georgia Strait Alliance published an eye-opening report about the health and economic consequences of major oil spills on coastal communities.

Shipping traffic that passes through the Salish Sea is set to rise significantly, with more than a dozen major new export projects currently proposed on both sides of the Canada-US border. And with that comes a dramatic increase in the risk of oil spills.

What if a major oil spill happened here in BC – in your community? What would it mean to you and your family?

Our new report reveals the predicted impacts of a major spill in the Salish Sea, and tells the stories of people and places that have suffered devastating spills in the past.

Get the facts about how an oil spill could impact your health, your community and the local environment.



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