‘Some Risks Are Not Worth Taking’ – Campaign Launched to Take on Kinder Morgan


The first in a series of new public service announcement videos (see below) from Tanker Free BC – a Vancouver-based organization taking on US energy giant Kinder Morgan’s proposal to twin the Trans Mountain Pipeline to Burnaby – is being launched today. The one-minute video, titled “Some Risks Are Not Worth Taking”, was produced through the volunteer contributions of a group of communications and film industry professionals opposed the plan to bring 400 supertankers a year filled with Tar Sands bitumen to South Coast waters.

I was privileged to be a part of the production, as one of the video’s producers and a board member of Tanker Free BC.

The campaign to draw attention to tanker traffic in Vancouver has recently heated up with the release of the “Oil Spills and Vancouver’s Stanley Park” report by the Wilderness Committee and Tanker Free BC at the first in a series of local town hall meetings. This video launch complements the growing buzz surrounding this important issue.

The video asks viewers to consider the risks posed by the almost one million barrels of tar sands crude oil that would be passing Vancouver’s beaches daily if Kinder Morgan’s expansion plans are approved. Tanker Free BC Campaign Director Sven Biggs said “people all around the inlet are not only standing up to say, no, I’m not okay with that, they are ready to do something about it.”

I look forward to working with this group on future projects for Tanker Free BC; we are already working on the follow-up to this first project as we work to raise awareness about this vital issue.


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.

2 thoughts on “‘Some Risks Are Not Worth Taking’ – Campaign Launched to Take on Kinder Morgan

  1. Kevin it’s Tsawwassen
    Spelt like “saw was sent” then take the T from sent and move it to the front T saw was sen
    You welcome Kevin

  2. What are the odds of this pipe going to Tsawassassan?

    I think if we learned anything from Enbridge, the real agenda is not the one on the front pages, in the documentaries and on the lips of the major players.

    Kinder Morgan’s CEO has already claimed the route will not disrupt people’s backyards/houses. There are few alternative routes in keeping with this comment from the highest office of the company.

    If we want to effectively battle the real agenda we need to game out all the possibilities and not be taken in by high profile scanarios and headlines grabbing players on both sides of the equation.

    Its a bit like whack a mole, but we need to be prepared for the real agenda and devise strategies that forward the best Agenda for British Columbians.

    Great work!

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