Sunday, April 20th15.2°C
21625
20911

BC chamber slams business group

A group representing hundreds of businesses in the Vancouver Island tourism mecca of Tofino, BC, is criticizing the BC Chamber of Commerce for its stand on the Northern Gateway pipeline project.

Earlier this month, the BC Chamber of Commerce released the results of a poll that found 47 per cent of British Columbians support the pipeline that would carry bitumen from Alberta's oilsands to the West Coast.

It also released a letter that declared its "strong support" for the oil pipeline back in August.

But Gord Johns of the Tofino-Long Beach Chamber of Commerce says the provincial organization doesn't speak for his more than 300 members who rely on clean and healthy oceans to survive.

He says his west coast of Vancouver Island community experienced an oil spill back in December 1988, and his chamber doesn't endorse a project that increases the risk to habitat.

Fuel from an 850,000 litre spill in Grays Harbour, Wash., made its way north to Vancouver Island back in 1988, fouled beaches, killed thousands of seabirds and closed commercial shellfish operations.

A federal joint-review panel recently released a report, endorsing the proposed pipeline but with 209 conditions.

The Canadian Press

COMMENTS WELCOME

Comments on this story are pre-moderated. Before they appear, comments are reviewed by moderators to ensure they meet our submission guidelines. Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments are open and welcome for three days after the story is published. We reserve the right to close comments before then. Comments that appear on the site are not the opinion of Castanet, but only of the comment writer.



Read more BC News




Recent Trending





21673


21392

21473



BC Quick Links BC Discussion Forum
Government of BC
Wildfire News
Provincial Emergency Program
BC Health Guide
Drive BC
BC Ferries



Member of BC Press Council


21114