Report from environmental group warns of damages to salmon from oil tankers

Raincoast Conservation Foundation released a report on December 17 warning of concerns to salmon populations from oil transport.

The Raincoast Conservation Foundations has released a report warning of the consequences to salmon in the face of the proposed Northern Gateway Pipelines project.

The report, which was released December 17, concludes that the risk from marine terminal and tanker traffic would be detrimental to salmon growth.

The leader author, and Raicoast Conservation fisheries ecologist Misty MacDuffee said in the organization’s media release that a lot of the studies on the affects to salmon came from the Exxon Valdez oil spill.

“These risks are not just from a large oil spill, they are from the industrial activities that accompany oil tankers and degrade essential salmon habitat,” she continued.

The report says that only 10 to 15 per cent of oil from a marine spill is typically recovered and that spill response in rough weather is not possible.

Meanwhile, pre-planning, skill, resources, coordination and “the attitude of the response agency” are essentially for spill recovery, the report continues.

Further in the report, it claims that Canadian agencies on the Pacific coast “are not prepared for a major oil spill.”

In addition, they say that coordination of response between the federal and provincial levels of government are “not well harmonized.”

“More than 5,000 spawning populations of wild salmon come from the watersheds that surround the tanker routes between Kitimat estuary and Haida Gwaii,” report co-author Andy Rosenberger noted.

The full report can be viewed online here.

Just Posted

Moms of those killed by illicit opioids take to B.C. Legislature in call for action

Moms Stop the Harm, a nationwide network of families who have lost loved ones to overdoses rally

Second World War prompts airport construction

And now it’s the busiest airport in the region

Trudeau announces bioregional oceans protection agreement in Prince Rupert

Agreement announced in partnership with 14 central and north coast First Nations

115 new wildfires burning across B.C. due to 19,000 lightning strikes

More fires expected to start today, says BC Wildfire Service officials

B.C. turns up the heat

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for most the province due to high temperatures

VIDEO: Canadian toddler caught practising hockey skills in crib

Eli Graveline is getting praise from far and wide as the internet freaks out of cute throwback video

B.C. teacher ends Jeopardy! winning streak, taking home US$69,000

Ali Hasan, from New Westminster, has been gaining fans as a “one-man invasion,” says Alex Trebek

Jett Woo highlights 5 Canucks choices on Day 2 of NHL entry draft

WHL star out of Moose Jaw tabbed in Round 2

In a matter of hours, women in Saudi Arabia will be allowed to drive

Change was announced as a royal decree in 2017 by Crown Prince Mohammen bin Salman

Feds announce measures to protect endangered whale species

Canada’s Whale Initiative is part of the federal government’s $1.5 billion Ocean Protection Plan

COC session vote approves Calgary as potential host for 2026 Olympics

Scott Hutcheson, chair of Calgary’s Olympic bid corporation — called vote a positive step forward

B.C. man wins job he was denied after saying he had depression

Transport Canada has been order to give Chris Hughes a high-level job and nearly $500,000

B.C. soldier shot down a century ago to be honoured

Norman Stuart Harper, of Kamloops, was killed on a bombing mission over Lahr, Germany, in 1918

Trump sends letter to Trudeau calling for increase in NATO defence spending

The letter comes as tensions between Canada and the United States have risen to a dramatic high

Most Read