Kinder Morgan Pipeline Project – August 2018

Kinder Morgan Pipeline Project statement from Surfrider Pacific Rim August 2018

Download a copy of the statement: Surfrider Pacific Rim – August 2018 – Kinder Morgan

 

Recreational Ocean Group Speaks Out Against Trudeau’s Endorsement Of Kinder Morgan
Pipeline Review Process – December, 2016

Each year, Surfrider Foundation Canada leads thousands of British Columbia volunteers in coastal
protection. Chapters in Vancouver, Victoria and Tofino bring together residents by pairing a passion
for ocean recreation with environmental stewardship. Their activities include beach cleanups, citizen
science, sporting events, public awareness and environmental education.
While the fabric of Surfrider volunteers resembles a kaleidoscope as colourful as Canada’s population
they are united by a common thread: a love for the ocean. Their mission – to protect and enjoy waves,
oceans and beaches – has championed over 400 legal wins on coastal protection and preservation
across North America since 1987.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s approval of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain expansion review
process flies directly in the face of the vows he made during his electoral campaign only one year ago.
This pipeline promotes the increase of extraction, transport, and burning of fossil fuels, all of which are
contributing to climate change and a host of related hazards, costs, and threats to every community,
coastline and economy in the world, including our own.

Surfrider Foundation VP Gillian Montgomery states, “The short term economic benefit to Canada from
Kinder Morgan will not outweigh the disastrous environmental impacts to the marine and coastal
ecosystems. We are actively working throughout British Columbia and Washington to support the
businesses, nonprofits, elected officials and First Nations taking a stand against pipelines to protect
the coastlines and the Salish Sea.”

Surfrider Foundation recognizes that climate change is a scientific reality that will include measurable
changes to the ocean including warmer waters, more acidic oceans, sea level rise and storm severity
that threaten coastal communities and the health of beaches, and coastal and ocean ecosystems.
Recent spills in Bella Bella demonstrate that Canada’s “world class response plan” does not have the
ability to protect British Columbia’s coastline. The threefold increase of over 400 tankers planned to
pass within 50 kilometers of Long Beach, Tofino BC will inevitably wreak havoc on the natural beauty
of this treasured hotspot for tourism and ocean recreation.
Local residents who have witnessed previous spills have rallied and the Tofino Long Beach Chamber
of Commerce was the only intervenor in BC taking a stand against the pipeline expansion. According
to the Chamber, “Tofino and the west coast of Vancouver Island lie outside the spill response area for
the Kinder Morgan pipeline despite the fact this remote community would be on the front line in the
event of a tanker accident.” The local Surfrider Pacific Rim chapter continues to support and thank the
Chamber efforts to protect this coast from risk of oil spills.

Surfrider Vancouver chair Matthew Unger says the organization is, “calling British Columbia residents
to come together and speak out against the disregard for research and consultation in the Trans
Mountain review process. The Canadians who elected Trudeau thought they were getting leadership
through the promised overhaul of the review process, it’s sad to see how misguided our hopes were.”
Surfrider Foundation Canada believes that British Columbia residents are capable of stopping the
pipeline expansion from completing. The organization is urging the public to speak out against the
Kinder Morgan pipeline by reaching out in writing to your Member of Parliament, British Columbia MLA
and local city officials.

About:
Surfrider Foundation Canada is a registered Canadian charity dedicated to the protection and
enjoyment of waves, oceans and beaches. Surfrider Foundation’s headquarters are based in San
Clemente, California and has chapters spanning the globe. Three BC chapters in Tofino, Victoria and
Vancouver host monthly beach cleanups, ocean research and other events centered around the
coastal protection and enjoyment.

Contacts:
Surfrider Vancouver Island Gillian Montgomery (250) 885-0464
Surfrider Pacific Rim Michelle Hall (250) 522-0142
Surfrider Vancouver Matthew Unger (604) 512-1592

References:
Fact check: Did Justin Trudeau break his word by approving pipelines?
https://washington.surfrider.org/ecology-releases-final-environmental-impact-statement-for-proposed-
westway-oil-terminal-expansion-in-grays-harbor/
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/clean-up-continues-after-tug-sinks-near-bella-bella-
1.3808493
http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/pipeline-called-threat-to-b-c-s-tourism-industry-
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