Oil and gas giant Enbridge is fighting to build a 700 mile tar sands pipeline from Alberta to the British Columbia coast, despite massive public opposition. In their ads promoting the pipeline, they have removed islands from the map.
It is bad enough that they are promoting the planned tar sands pipeline, but what is worse, despite opposition to their project, they are misleading the public, by deleting islands off of public safety videos and maps (above), to make the project look safer than it actually is.
If the project is approved, up to 500 oil tankers a year, carrying toxic heavy crude, will have to travel through the 4th most dangerous waterway in the world. The tankers will have to make 90° turns through twisting, rocky passages.
The company has one of the worst spill records of any oil company, and have now hired the same PR firm who backed Big Tobacco and Enron, to convince the public that all is OK and that the latest pipeline will be safe.
In a multi-million dollar public image makeover, Enbridge's slick website is designed to prove that the oil tanker route is safe. However, a scientist recently discovered that Enbridge has deliberately removed 1,000 km² of islands from a route safety video and map, in order to make the route look safer than it actually is. You can see the map in the video above and also the image below.
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Comparison of Enbridge's version of the Douglas Channel to the real thing.
The "route safety video" shows Douglas Channel, but omits the maze of islands, including ecological reserves, that the huge oil tankers would have to weave through. The area includes some pretty treacherous waters, with names like Terror Point, Calamity Bay and Grief Point. In the event of a spill, cleanup would just not work in these areas.
There is more news of Enbridge's pipeline in Wisconsin, which has just leaked again.
Enbridge's CEO has now openly admitted that opponents to the pipeline have taken control of the debate, and he is doing his best to discredit them, by labeling them as "revolutionaries."
With recent leaking pipelines in the news, Enbridge is highly vulnerable to public pressure. For this reason, Sum of Us has teamed up with Leadnow.ca to run a campaign. If enough people sign the petition, Enbridge will be forced to pull the lying ads.
All interested parties can sign the petition here.