Watching the boys exploring the seashore is a joy. There is so much to discover when the Tide is low. I hope Boys and girls in the future will also be able to explore.
This beach is near the Kinder Morgan Pipeline terminal. Freighter traffic will double or triple in this very densely populated section of Canada. if the controversial pipeline goes ahead. The freighters will have to travel through Vancouver, Under several bridges, past the many gulf islands, go around Victoria and then out to the open ocean. Just ONE accidental oil spill will change this beach and many others forever.
The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill happened in 1989 in a remote area and the effects are still felt. You can read about it here.
According to another website Marine Insight, the fishing industry in Alaska has never fully recovered. 13 of the 32 monitored species of wildlife are considered not recovering. The CNN report states:
“The “not recovering” list also includes Pacific herring, one of the sound’s keystone species. Once the source of a vibrant commercial fishery, herring declined so precipitously that a fishery closed, and has not reopened. Eight inches long, herring once swam in schools of a million or more, a sudden flash of their silver undersides confusing predators. In April, their spawning turned the bays and lagoons milky white. More than 40 species — bald eagles, brown bears, seals, humpback whales, tufted puffins, murres — depend on these small fish.”
“It is estimated that the financial damage caused by a potential large-scale oil spill in the Burrard Inlet could cost approximately $40 billion. This number is based on research done from other oil spills and the cost incurred based on the cost per barrel of oil that was spilled.
That $40 billion includes clean-up costs, resident evacuations, tourism loss, losses to the BC fishing industry, health costs and port losses in annual wages and salaries.
But of course, the cost of an oil spill to our natural ecosystems, to places like Stanley Park—which would be destroyed—and to Vancouver’s international reputation as a “Beautiful Green City” is incalculable.”
Who would be held liable if an oil spill occurred? Who would pay for all these costs?
Once the oil is on a tanker, the oil companies and pipeline companies can claim they are no longer responsible. As a result, ship owners often register their ships in countries that allow them to set up almost invisible companies. When the ship experiences a big spill, the company just goes bankrupt and disappears.