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NGOs call for tanker ban on north coast on anniversary of Exxon Valdez spill

The Sierra Club BC wants Ottawa to commit to legislating an oil tanker ban on the north coast.

The group sent out a statement on the anniversary of the Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska to highlight the potential disaster of an oil spill.

They say the spill left an oily legacy that remains to this day.

The Sierra Club and Living Oceans say the only way to prevent such a disaster is to ban tankers.

Caitlyn Vernon of the Sierra Club says fisheries along the coast provide a livelihood to coastal communities, adding the loss of any fishery, even for a few years, can devastate local economies.

She says having tanker traffic on the north coast is just too risky when there are alternatives.

She says despite new technology, accidents continue to happen, and it’s a matter of when the next tanker spill will occur.

The Exxon Valdez spilled an estimated 11 to 38 million gallons of crude oil into Prince William Sound on March 24th, 1989.

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