While the issue of a tanker moratorium off the west coast may seem to have disappeared, it is still very much alive.
This past Monday, the oil tanker moratorium act, bill c-48, had its second reading in the commons and as it inches toward fruition, the pressure is still being applied to make sure the federal government doesn’t renege on the long-awaited, much-debated legislation or make changes to it.
A letter signed by 34 signators has been sent to the Transportation Minister Mark Garneau.
The letter expresses their strong support for the moratorium. It goes on to note with the very vocal debate that took place over the controversial Enbridge Northern Gateway, northern communities and Indigenous nations have repeatedly demonstrated a clear resolve to keep waters along northern BC’s coast tanker free on a permanent basis.
The letter recognizes the federal government for acknowledging the unique ecosystems and local economies of the north coast must be protected against the threat of a spill and they also slap ottawa on the back for saying the region is no place for oil ladden ships. The signators add enactment of the bill would bring life to the statement and do so through concrete action.
The letter concludes by saying those 37 environmental, municipal governments, conservation societies, aboriginal organizations and foundations look forward to prompt passage of the bill.
The letter was also sent to the Ministers of Natural Resources, Environment, the National Green Party leader and the NDP transport critic.