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Filmmaker/surfer Chris Malloy’s recent project uncovers an environmental issue worth listening to (from ESPN.com)–
Enbridge, Canada’s chief natural gas provider and operator of the world’s longest oil and liquid transportation system, wants to erect a twin pipeline system to carry oil — extracted from the tar sands in Alberta — from near Edmonton to a marine terminal at Kitimat on the coast of its western neighbor British Columbia. The $5.5 billion project would connect the oil wells in Canada’s Prairies to tankers bound for China. Enbridge says the westbound pipeline would deliver an average of 525,000 barrels of oil a day for export, while the eastbound tube would import 193,000 barrels of condensate (used to thin petroleum products enough for pipeline transport).
Opponents fear the pipeline would disrupt the wilderness it would cross, not to mention raise the risk of oil spills. “The lessons and wounds from the Exxon Valdez [1989 oil spill off the coast of Alaska] are still raw, especially among the First Nations people,” Darimont said. Enbridge did not respond to ESPN.com’s request for comment.
Early last October, Malloy, his brother Dan, Gordon, British Columbia surfing standout Devries and the Raincoast crew set sail on a 10-day adventure, documenting the intact ecosystems the pipeline would cut through, and surfing chilly waves in to which few others have paddled.