by Citizens for the Salish Sea
(English version follows)
跨山油管擴建計劃將大量的毒油產品每天從阿省運至本省的城市，這不是一般的石油產品，而是名為「瀝青」的笨重原油；但為了讓它能夠在油管中流動，還要加入易燃的化學液體將它稀釋。瀝青本身已含有多種危害健康的有毒物質，但這種「稀釋瀝青」(diluted bitumen) 更加入了「苯」(benzene)，一種致癌化學物。
稀釋瀝青經油管輸送到這裏後再送上龐大的油輪。每天將有至少一艘巨型油輪從我們狹窄水淺但極為繁忙的布勒德內灣 (Burrard Inlet) 出發，通過三條橋底及溫哥華港口，再經英吉利灣及列治文市運往美國及亞洲。
What about your home and food?
by Citizens for the Salish Sea
You wake up in the middle of the night, surrounded by stinking toxic explosive fumes, having a headache and coughing, and your children are feeling nauseated or vomitting. You listen to an emergency broadcast and find out that there was a tanker spill of the very toxic and cancer-causing diluted bitumen which is on fire in Vancouver Harbour.
You immediately follow the evacuation order to leave your home and head inland. But the toxic air travels faster than you can as all the roads leading towards Highway 1 are totally congested. Your family ends up stuck in the car, breathing in car exhaust and more of the toxic air.
To avoid such a nightmare, to protect our home, our health and our environment, BC Government, First Nations and many BC citizens are opposed to the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion. But the Federal Government ignores our safety and our opposition, and insists on spending up to 15 billion of taxpayers’ dollars to build these pipelines.
Want to Protect Yourself and Your Family? First, Know the Facts!
The Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion plans to move massive amounts of toxic oil product from Alberta into our city every day. BUT this is not regular oil product. It is very heavy oil called bitumen, diluted with flammable liquids so that it can flow through the oil pipes. Not only does the bitumen contain many toxins that are unsafe to our health, but a cancer causing chemical, Benzene, is also added to dilute it.
After the diluted bitumen is transported here through the pipeline, it will be shipped on very large tankers. Every single day, at least one such super tanker will move from inside our narrow, shallow, and busy Burrard inlet, under three bridges, then past English Bay and Richmond on its way to US and Asia.
Huge and Terrifying Safety Risks!
The diluted bitumen is to be stored in Burnaby once it arrives from the pipeline. 5 million barrels – 800 million litres of this flammable toxic oil will be stored near densely populated homes, schools, and the SFU university campus. A fire would create a deathly smoke cloud that would fill the air of all Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley! The Burnaby Fire Department has warned that they cannot contain the potential danger and they fear the devastating scenario of a huge forest fire sparked by explosions in the tanker farm!
The frequency of super tankers increases the chance of collision with other ships or bridges in our very busy waterway. Remember that Sanchi tanker? In January 2018, the Iranian Sanchi tanker ship collided with a Hong Kong cargo ship in the China Sea. This resulted in a massive explosion, killed 32 people, and destroyed ocean seafood supplies.
The toxic diluted bitumen will leak from pipelines and ships. This has occurred many times here and around the world. Leaked oil destroys the safety of our home, our neighbourhood, and our natural environment. A spill in our coastal water will kill and pollute our beloved local seafood such as crabs, clams, mussels, and salmon. It will also devastate our very important fishing and tourist industries!
To Protect Yourself and Your Family Please Act Now!
- Sign a petition or write a letter to tell the government you oppose the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion: chinese/english letter tool
- Bring your family to rallies to oppose the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion
- Write to your local newspaper to oppose the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion
- Tell your family and friends the facts about the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion and share this article widely.