Oil in Eden
(16min46s) It's one of the last bastions of Canadian wilderness: the Great Bear Rainforest, on BC's north and central Pacific coast. Home to diverse 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 from Enbridge to bring an oil pipeline and supertankers to its 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, to the Port of Kitimat, in the heart of 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.
A growing coalition of First Nations, conservation groups, and concerned citizens from Canada and around the world is banding together to say no to the Enbridge project, in what is shaping up to be the defining Canadian environmental battle of our time. Produced by Canadian filmmaker Damien Gillis for Pacific Wild, this 16 min short documentary, featuring stunning images from the Great Bear Rainforest, provides an essential summary of the key issues involved in this battle over the pipeline, tankers and Canada's Pacific coast.