British Columbia is home to an incredible biodiversity. It is home to the largest intact temperate rainforest in the world. Salmon are one of the most important species along the coast. Salmon migrate upstream to spawn, feeding bears, including the elusive Spirit Bear, eagles, gulls, and wolves. In turn these animals leave the salmon carcasses in the forests, that provide the rainforest with nitrogen. The rivers depend on the forest and intern the forest depend on the rivers, these ecosystems are completely interdependant.
That is why the federal government must ban the shipment of oil on the North Coast of British Columbia, with the Northern Gateway Pipeline posing a huge threat. A spill would devastate the keystone species, including salmon, and wipe out the food sources that First Nations people to depend on. This would seriously disturb the balance of the whole ecosystem.
A spill would eventually occur within these narrow channels with rough waters and west coast weather conditions. In addition, the noise of the ships would create a large disturbance to marine mammals, that depend on these quiet waters for communication.
In addition, to produce this oil, the Tar sands would increase their production by 32% and further warm our planet. Please reject this pipeline once and for all.