"The Union of B.C. Municipalities is voting for a third straight year on a resolution related to oil pipeline and tanker proposals.
And this year’s resolution takes the cake.
Sponsored by the municipality of Saanich, Resolution A8 recognises that:
“A crude oil spill would have devastating and long lasting effects on British Columbia’s unique and diverse coast, which provides critical marine habitat and marine resources that sustain the social, cultural, environmental and economic health of coastal and First Nations communities”.
It calls on the Union of B.C. Municipalities to:
“Oppose projects that would lead to the expansion of oil tanker traffic through B.C.’s coastal waters…and urge the Premier of British Columbia, the Leader of the Official Opposition and members of the Legislative Assembly to use whatever legislative and administrative means that are available to stop [this] expansion of oil tanker traffic.”
...This would be the strongest statement in defence of our coast ever passed collectively by B.C.’s local governments. It would signal opposition not only to Enbridge and Kinder Morgan's proposals, but any other project folks in the oil patch can dream up to bring more crude oil tankers through B.C. waters.
You can help pass this motion... Please don't demand, just say "It would be awesome if you did this." The more love and support our local politicians receive to support this resolution the higher the chance it will actually pass.
That's it. One important step and you help make history. "
Click this link to ask your local mayor and councillors to support Resolution A8
~~~updates: This afternoon I sent an email to my local Mayor and council, and almost instantly received a reply from Port Coquitlam City Councillor Brad West:
>(Storm 2012-09-14, at 3:56 PM)
Dear Mayor Moore and the City Councillors of Port Coquitlam,
The municipality of Saanich has put forward a resolution (A8) for consideration at the upcoming Union of B.C. Municipalities (UBCM) convention. The resolution articulates a position that many British Columbian's -myself included -support.
As a voting resident of Port Coquitlam I urge you to support the resolution.
>(Brad West 2012-09-14 at 3:57 PM subject Resolution A8 and oil tanker traffic)
"Thanks for your email. I feel strongly about this issue as well and will be supporting the resolution.
Thanks again, Brad West"
Councillor Darrell Penner, a founding member of Hyde Creek Streamkeepers, was also quick with his reply:
> (Darrell Penner 2012 09 14 at 6:41 PM subject Resolution A8 and oil tanker traffic)
"Hi yes I am going to support Res A8 thanks for you comments.
update two: September 20, 2012 No reply from the Mayor or other councillors.