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Federal bill to ban tanker traffic on B.C. North Coast, excluding LNG

The federal Liberals have introduced a new bill that aims to ban oil tanker traffic from the B.C. coast and impose penalties for potential violators.

Bill C-48, the Oil Tanker Moratorium Act, would put a stop to crude oil tanker traffic on the B.C. North Coast and prohibit oil tankers carrying crude and persistent oils as cargo from stopping, loading or unloading at ports in northern B.C. Read the rest of this entry

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Tug sinks near Bella Bella spilling up to 200,000 litres of diesel

tug-spills-fuelby Simon Little, CKNW News, October 13, 2016

An American tug pushing an empty fuel barge has sunk after running aground near Bella Bella.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans says the tug Nathan E. Stewart hit ground on Edge Reef near Athlone Island just after 1 am this morning.

Heiltsuk elected Chief Marilyn Slett says the tug sank completely just before 10 am, and that the Nation’s most recent estimate is that it has spilled more than 200,000 litres of fuel.

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Oil tanker explodes in Japan, stirs worries in B.C.

Black smoke and flames rising from an oil tanker that exploded off Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan on May 29, 2014.

Black smoke and flames rising from an oil tanker that exploded off Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan on May 29, 2014.

On eve of a Northern Gateway decision in B.C., an oil tanker explodes off the coast of Japan

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B.C. municipalities reject oil tanker expansion

CBC News, The Canadian Press, Sept 27, 2012

Municipal politicians have approved a resolution that rejects the expansion of oil tanker traffic through British Columbia coastal waters, but only by the narrowest of margins.

Delegates attending the annual Union of B.C. Municipalities convention voted 51 per cent in favour of a resolution to oppose projects leading to expanded oil tanker traffic. Read the rest of this entry