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Future of BC orca grim if they have to weather another spill

March 27, 2010

Scientist, Paul Paquet, has said that British Columbia orca could become extinct if an oil spill similar in scope to that from the Exxon Valdez occurred off the coast of Canada’s BC.

Its good to see these types of statements being made, but as I type the flip side is also in play. The Australian Inquiry into the Timor Oil spill is not comprehensively looking into the environmental impact of the spill late last year – which makes me ask, what is the point of having an inquiry in the first place? Surely, if all they wanted to find out was who was at fault, they could do it cheaper and easier.

What we really need is for the rules to change to fully comprehend the impacts.

Paquest has said of the BC orca, “These animals are already in jeopardy. It’s like they’re standing on the edge of a cliff and [an oil spill] could be the push.” He and his fellow scientists also believe if a pipeline is built between Alberta’s oil sands and Kitimat, and oil tankers begin collecting oil from a proposed Kitimat port, a spill of Exxon Valdez proportions is inevitable.

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