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New Marine Safety Plan

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New Marine Safety Plan

Ottawa has announced a 5 year $1.5-billion marine safety plan. Among the measures include boosting the Coast Guard presence and enhancing oil spill cleanup research. Peter McCartney, with the Wilderness Committee, says this won’t be enough if the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is approved. “When oil hits the water, and the specific oil that will be carried in the tar sands tankers in our bay, those tar sands tankers are carrying saluted bitumen which doesn’t float like regular oil,”  McCartney says. “Nobody knows how to clean up a spill from a tar sands tanker, there is just no scientific knowledge available to clean up oil once it sinks in the water.” He continues saying that the announcement will do nothing to protect our oceans from the threat of the Kinder Morgan Pipeline and we need the Prime Minister to take some leadership and listen to the people on this coast who have rejected the pipeline over and over again. A decision on the pipeline is expected in December 2016.

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