New Short Documentary - "Oil in Eden: The Battle to Protect Canada's Pacific Coast"

September 28, 2010

Watch this new 16 minute documentary - produced by Damien Gillis for Pacific Wild on the battle to stop the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline from the Alberta Tar Sands, and the associated oil supertankers that would gravely threaten BC's spectacular coast.



Starring the iconic creatures and landscapes of the Great Bear Rainforest - highlighted by world-class video and photographs - plus Ian McAllister, Andrew Nikiforuk, President of the Coastal First Nations Gerald Amos, and the formidable Gitga'at elder Helen Clifton. "Oil in Eden" provides an essential summary of the key issues involved in this battle over the pipeline, tankers, and Canada's Pacific coast.
 
It's one of the last bastions of Canadian wilderness: the Great Bear Rainforest, on BC's north and central Pacific coast. Home to bountiful marine mammals, fish, and wildlife - from orca and humpback whales to wild salmon, wolves, grizzlies, and the legendary spirit bear - this spectacular place is now threatened by a proposal to bring an oil pipeline and supertankers to this fragile and rugged coast.

The plan is to pump over half a million barrels a day of unrefined bitumen from the Alberta Tar Sands over the Rockies, through the heartland of BC - crossing a thousand rivers and streams in the process - to the Port of Kitimat in the Great Bear Rainforest. From there, supertankers would ply the rough and dangerous waters of the BC coast en route to Asia and the United States. Dubbed the Northern Gateway Pipeline, the project is of concern for three main reasons: 1. It would facilitate the expansion of the Tar Sands, hooking emerging Asian economies on the world's dirtiest oil; 2. the risk of leaks from the pipeline itself; 3. the danger of introducing oil supertankers for the first time to this part of the BC coast.
Now a growing coalition of First Nations, conservation groups, and concerned citizens from Canada and around the world is banding together to say no the Enbridge project - in what is shaping up to be the defining Canadian environmental battle of our time. 

Please forward this video to your friends and colleagues - and go to PacificWild.org and PipeUpAgainstEnbridge.ca   to take action today to help protect BC from Enbridge's proposal.

For media inquires:
Damien Gillis
Damien@theCanadian.org  
604.780.2544


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