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The Sound of Silence

A radio ad released by ForestEthics to encourage Vancouver residents to push government for a permanent tanker ban.

by Claudia Li Environment

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Oil spill would silence the BC coast, radio ad warns

ForestEthics pushing for Federal permanent oil tanker ban for B.C.’s north coast

A radio ad released this week urges Greater Vancouver residents to ask their government to protect BC’s pristine north coast with a permanent tanker ban. 

Featuring the sounds of orcas, seabirds and wild salmon, the ad juxtaposes the lively sounds of BC’s wild coast against the eerie sound of silence that would come if an oil spill were to occur. It’s the latest development in a ForestEthics campaign asking British Columbians to call on their local Members of Parliament for a permanent tanker ban from BC’s pristine north coast.  

The ad, which directs listeners to petitions on, will run on radio stations around Vancouver over the next month.

“Do we want our rich coastal wildlife silenced by an oil spill? It’s a sobering reminder of how much we stand to lose if our government allows oil tankers into our northern waters,” said Jolan Bailey, Climate Outreach Coordinator for ForestEthics.

The federal government is considering a proposal for the controversial Enbridge pipeline project that would bring more than 200 oil tankers to BC’s north coast each year.  The project faces strong opposition across BC – including a tanker ban announced by Coastal First Nations in March. Polls also show that 7 out of 10 British Columbians already oppose tanker traffic in BC’s northern waters.

“Enbridge is promising the best in modern technology, just like BP did with the oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico that is having tragic consequences,” said Nikki Skuce, Senior Energy Campaigner. “The only guarantee against an oil spill is a permanent ban on their ability to navigate our pristine coastal environment along the Great Bear Rainforest.”

The Federal Liberal Party has recently stated that they support enacting the existing moratorium on oil tanker traffic, but they are not as interested in a permanent ban. British Columbians have made it clear that we want to keep the north coast oil-tanker free. Now it’s time for all federal parties to show leadership by securing a permanent tanker ban.

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