Stopping Oil Supertankers in Vancouver


Did you know that massive tankers are shipping oil from the tar sands through Burrard Inlet, putting the entire south coast in grave jeopardy? Or that current plans are to increase volumes to up to 10 tankers per week? Concerned citizens gathered recently in Vancouver to hear from experts about the risks from these tankers and what British Columbians can do about it.

Tankers in Burrard Inlet graph


About Damien Gillis

Damien Gillis is a Vancouver-based documentary filmmaker with a focus on environmental and social justice issues - especially relating to water, energy, and saving Canada's wild salmon - working with many environmental organizations in BC and around the world. He is the co-founder, along with Rafe Mair, of The Common Sense Canadian, and a board member of both the BC Environmental Network and the Haig-Brown Institute.

7 thoughts on “Stopping Oil Supertankers in Vancouver

  1. Re: Running Campbell and hoard out … it looks to me like they see the HST writing on the wall and know it will be a challenge to get back in come next election, without some massive money machine behind them – – – it’s PAY BACK TIME for their ‘BUDDIES’. Just look around the province at the massive amount of controversial environmental issues that give zero attention to local outcry – this speaks volumes about what they are up to.

    BC is up for SALE! IPP’s, GRAVEL MINES galore, now Oil tankers sneaking in and out of in Burrard Inlet and likely offshore oil drilling next. – – – This is the end of SuperNatural BC! – – – – Get the word out now to motivate the sleeping masses, or we’re doomed.

  2. Many, many thanks to all of those who have cared and taken action in bringing this timely and informative video.

    I just know the whole campaign to get the news out there is picking up speed, bigtime!

    Let’s all keep it going.

  3. I think we need to see what the Plan A is for a spill clean-up. BP obviously didn’t even have a plan and I suspect that there isn’t one for the Burrard Inlet either.

  4. It took more than 50 years for the native residential school atrocities to be brought out into the light. The media, politicians, and just about everybody else now express their revulsion over what was regarded with little concern then. Is the threat of a disastrous oil spill being regarded similarly? With the BC government signing off permission for a mining company to ruin Fish Lake, amongst many other examples, it seems that we in BC should not have to entrust our provincial government with the final word on matters that are by nature irreversable, and for which public input is neither sought nor heeded. Do not the citizens in Washington state have something called an initiative, a sort of plebisite to provide airing these matters before the public? Maybe we need to do that too.

  5. It’s time we started slamming our mainstream media for not covering the real and important issues that concern Canadians. Local and national media, print and television should be written to, boycotted and demonstrated against until they start being “real” journalists again. Not enough regular folks know what is going on.

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