ALERT! Canada to Place Pacific Coastal and Temperate Rainforest Ecosystems at Risk for Tar Sands Pipelines and Further Oil Addiction
The proposed Canadian Enbridge Northern Gateway oil sands pipeline through British Columbia’s pristine temperate rainforests and coastal ecosystems seeks to export tar sand [search] synthetic petroleum to Asia. Tar sands oil production will increase by 30%; causing up to five times the climate change pollution as conventional crude oil, and turning boreal forest the size of New York and New Jersey into an ecological wasteland. B.C.'s precious and fragile temperate rainforests and coastal waters will be placed at risk by major industrial development, and First Nations' salmon economy endangered. A whole series of new pipelines are being built and planned which, like needles, will inject the U.S. and Asia with another dose of dirty oil over-development. Tar sands and boreal forest destruction [search] must end, not be negotiated upon and greenwashed in backrooms by foundation fed green NGOs, as has become the pattern in Canadian forest advocacy.