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Save the Great Bear Rainforest: Stop the Northern Gateway Pipeline

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If you thought Canada's oil sands were destructive now, wait until you hear about what National Geographic calls "Canada’s bid to become a global player in the petroleum market."

Enbridge Inc., a Canadian oil company, wants to build a 731-mile oil pipeline, called the Northern Gateway, to carry tar sands oil right through the heart of British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest.

The Great Bear Rainforest is one of the largest remaining unspoiled temperate rainforests in the world, and features whales, grizzly bears, salmon, wolves, ancient red cedars, and other rare or threatened species. It is also home to numerous First Nation tribes – and these tribes are in an uproar over Northern Gateway, with 35 chiefs standing in opposition together.

Unfortunately, these tribes have had experience with oil disasters before. The new pipeline would bring 220 tankers through the region a year – something locals have been skittish about ever since 2006. A ferry that crashed that year off Gil Island is still leaking oil into a forest channel. Throw in this summer’s multiple pipeline spills and explosions – at least one of which was in an Enbridge pipeline– and it’s obvious to see that the Northern Gateway is a bad idea.

Join environmental groups and First Nation tribes standing together against Big Oil. Sign this petition asking Canada’s National Energy Board to block the Northern Gateway pipeline.

Photo Credit: The Canadian west coast, courtesy Flickr user Paul Jerry.

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