WHY We Are Here
"Immediate, rapid, large-scale reductions" means NOW:
Trudeau must cancel TMX and close the tar sands; Horgan must stop old growth logging"
The UN's 'Code Red for Humanity' invites each of us to participate in this moment of truth, as individuals, communities, as human beings. Climate change has arrived to BC, and no one is spared. Over 4 days in July, heat caused the death of hundreds of humans and billions of other organisms; wildfires rage out of control. Fossil fuels must be curbed drastically, starting now. The biosphere won't negotiate anymore.
Stop TMX, cancel LNG, end fossil fuel subsidies, and protect all old growth forests and functioning ecosystems.
Why do we want to stop this pipeline expansion?
it's not too late, the risks are too great!
Indigenous communities and local municipalities, as well as environmental scientists and health care professionals have tried to bring forward the mountains of evidence against this pipeline, but our country's review boards have been stacked with friends of oil and gas companies. They have stubbornly refused to acknowledge the severity of the immediate risks of fires, leaks and tanker spills. These dangers are just theoretical to them, living safely far away, but very real to those of us living in the pipeline path!
Many locals here in New Westminster, Burnaby and Coquitlam are becoming increasingly concerned because in witnessing the pipeline construction they can clearly see the negative impact it is having upon our local ecosystems (such as the Brunette watershed and wetlands in Colony Farm). These beautiful natural areas are home to many species such as otter, herons, salmon, frogs, snails, hummingbirds, and the tiny Nooksack Dace (a species at risk). This pipeline expansion is a long term threat to our land, water and the many creatures and people in its path. But this is sadly just a tiny part of the danger that is TMX.
Even if it were completely safe, this pipeline is NOT compatible with taking action to fight our climate crisis. If completed, it will INCREASE tar sands production, just when we need to be capping and even reducing our dependence on fossil fuels. Funded by tax payers, this $20 billion project will triple the flow of toxic bitumen from Alberta to the Westridge Terminal in Burnaby, where it will be loaded onto Aframax tankers and sent to foreign refineries. The completion of this project will make it impossible for Canada to meet its Paris Agreement commitment to limit the global temperature rise to well below 2°C.
Economists agree this expansion is financially unsound. As gas prices fall and demand for fossil fuels plummets, there is no positive future for the TMX pipeline. Of all the fossil fuels, diluted bitumen (dilbit) is the dirtiest, and certainly to be the first to be cut back. TMX is doomed to be obsolete and is a massive waste of taxpayer funds.
There are NO "pros" to this venture. It's an economic failure, it works to make climate change WORSE, and it tramples on the rights of Indigenous peoples - they do not have consent from most of the communities that are in its path and have done NOTHING to protect the many Indigenous women, girls and two spirits that are known to be at risk of violence when extraction projects occur.
For all of these reasons, we say it's time to STOP TMX.
TMX CONSTRUCTION IS DESTROYING FISHERIES HABITAT
Transmountain's new pipeline will cut through or go under 1,300 streams and rivers, many of which are crucial to salmon and other fish. In some rivers, TMX will be installing salmon spawning deterrent nets, as shown below. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) has authorized a net like this in Swift Creek this fall. TMX has also been logging and removing vegetation in the Brunette watershed and destroying fish habitat at some of the creeks which flow into the Brunette, as shown in this photo of what used to be a lovely urban forest at Holmes Creek, in Burnaby B.C. Holmes Creek is very close to Stoney Creek, where salmon spawned this past autumn (2021). TMX will likely start work near Stoney Creek very soon. We provided photos of the habitat destruction at Holmes Creek and another creek to DFO but DFO has refused to intervene.
Deterrent Nets Destruction at Holmes Creek
The picture below shows the tar sands operation in Alberta, a disaster zone of leaking tailing ponds and toxic emissions that is the size of England.
While other sectors of Canada's economy have been reducing their GHG emissions, the fossil fuel industry has increased theirs, thus cancelling out all of the good work being done in making building, manufacturing, transportation and agriculture more sustainable and energy efficient. GHG emissions from fossil fuels are projected to keep increasing for the foreseeable future, and the tar sands account for the majority of that damaging increase.