Pipeline and Tanker Trouble

The impact to British Columbia's communities, rivers, and Pacific coastline from tar sands oil transport

November 29, 2011
Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
various old Pembina Institute logos
Nathan Lemphers
Former Senior Policy Analyst
Living Oceans Society

The proposed Northern Gateway oilsands pipeline would carry more than half a million barrels of raw crude oil (known as bitumen) daily across important salmon-bearing rivers, coastal rainforests, and sensitive marine waters in British Columbia. From Canada's Pacific coast, the extracted bitumen would be transported by supertanker to refineries in Asia, California, or elsewhere.

This report examines the environmental risks associated with transporting oilsands through the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline, and includes policy recommendations.