That said, there are still some pretty daunting environmental issues facing our coast. The recent rupture of the Plains Rainbow pipeline for example, and the resulting environmental and human health impacts, are a sobering reminder that accidents still frequently occur in the industry. Together with last year's Enbridge pipeline rupture, which spilled 18,000 barrels into the Kalamazoo River, this accident highlights the potential dangers of the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline from Alberta's Tar Sands to the BC coast. Cleanup of last Saturday's spill of around 28,000 barrels, covering several small water bodies along the relatively flat, accessible pipeline right-of-way was at around seven percent on Wednesday. Tankers proposed to receive oil from the Northern Gateway pipeline would carry up to two million barrels each through some of the most treacherous waters on Canada's Pacific coast. As mentioned in a previous post, the Enbridge strategy for cleaning up spills in the area leaves much to be desired.
But there is some good news at the provincial level at least. BC Premier, Christy Clark (coming soon to a ballot near you), announced yesterday that she supports a ban on cosmetic pesticides. As the ban has long been supported by the provincial NDP party, this may be a good opportunity for BC to do away with these harmful and unnecessary chemicals once and for all.