Did you know dangerous shipments of oil and volatile chemicals are putting BC’s entire coastline at risk right now?

Articulated Tug Barges (ATBs) operate in the shadows without notifying the public of what they are shipping – which could be anything from heavy crude oil to volatile cancer-causing chemicals like benzene.

Our federal government gives them a free pass to travel through BC’s Inside Passage close to sensitive ecosystems and coastal communities who haven’t been consulted.

They’re not designed to withstand our coastal weather and ocean conditions. The Nathan E. Stewart diesel spill and the near-catastrophe of the Jake Shearer in the Haiłzaqv (Heiltsuk) Nation’s waters were ATBs.

Please tell CEO of the Pacific Pilotage Authority Captain Kevin Obermeyer to stop giving dangerous ATBs a free pass.

Stop giving dangerous ATB tankers a free pass

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ATB tankers carry huge volumes of various oil products. Almost every week, a new oil shipment travels the entire length of the BC coastline for markets in Alaska. They don’t service BC coastal communities.

ATBs pass through loopholes that would normally regulate standard oil tankers, barely slipping under the minimum tonnage of the north coast tanker ban (Bill C-48). ATBs are tugboats that link into specialized oil product cargo barges.

They traverse BC’s Inside Passage to take a shortcut that standard oil tankers are restricted from taking for safety reasons. American Congressional Research calls them “Rule Breakers.”

Read our opinion piece to find out more about how ATBs put the BC coast at risk.

Read the Haiłzaqv (Heiltsuk) Nation’s investigation report into the Nathan E. Stewart disaster, in which the sinking of an ATB tanker caused more than 100,000 litres of diesel to spill into the sensitive marine environment near Bella Bella in 2016.

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