Clark constituents gather in protest of Enbridge pipeline
Hundreds of people gathered at Kitsilano Beach for a group photo to protest against the pipelines and oil tankers during a rally in Vancouver, Sunday. (CARMINE MARINELLI, 24 HOURS)
A group of Christy Clark's constituents are calling on the premier to 'say no' to all tanker traffic on British Columbia's coast, as the battle of PR campaigns heats up.
Close to 300 residents from Clark's Point Grey riding, along with Voters Taking Action on Climate Change (VTACC) supporters, gathered Sunday at Kits beach to take a group photo that will be part of a city-wide advertising campaign.
"This is just the beginning. This is an election issue. People are getting organized," said VTACC director Kevin Washbook. "We're going to be talking about this into next (election) year."
The group has booked ad space in multiple newspapers to fight against proposed oil and gas expansion by Enbridge and Kinder Morgan. Vancouver's shores are currently home to oil tankers, with about 10 to 15 travelling by per month.
In response to calls for Clark to ban tanker traffic, the premier said, "If we should stop everything we have been doing for 100 years? I'm not so sure."
The proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway project would see super tankers leave from Kitimat, B.C., to ship crude oil across the Pacific Ocean to China.
Clark told reporters Sunday at a celebration for Philippine Independence Day, she is taking a "wait and see approach" until the environmental review of the proposed pipeline route is finished in 2013.
"We have to understand the extent of the risks from these proposals and understand what the potential benefits are for British Columbia," Clark said. "We have to understand what the real risks are before we make a judgment."
The VTACC advertising campaign is the latest move in the pipeline media war. Enbridge launched a multi-million dollar campaign Tuesday that included print and television ads. Greenpeace also unfurled Tuesday a massive banner from the Lions Gate Bridge in response to Enbridge's campaign.