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The federal Liberal government has taken the next step in formalizing a tanker ban on B.C's northern coast.
The ban would prohibit oil tankers carrying crude and persistent oils as cargo from stopping, loading or unloading at ports or marine installations in northern B.C.
The moratorium area will extend from the northern boarder of B.C down as far as the mainland adjacent to the northern tip of Vancouver Island. This will protect vital marine environments including the coastlines of the Great Bear Rainforest as well as the island of Haida Gwaii.
"The waters of British Columbia are teeming with an incredible variety of life, from corals to microscopic organisms to blue whales. "
The coast of B.C is an incredibly diverse and important marine environment. The waters of British Columbia are teeming with an incredible variety of life, from corals to microscopic organisms to blue whales.
While the ban will help in preventing severe spills, it also has other environmental benefits. Noise pollution is a serious problem faced by our oceans.
Many creatures use noise to find food, or to communicate with each other. As the sea becomes more noisy, wildlife suffers.
A tanker ban in Northern B.C is essential in protecting the incredible biodiversity of the area.
Tanker traffic, however, will continue in the southern region of B.C's coast and the ban does not prevent tankers of a certain size from entering the region to resupply northern communities reliant on oil for heating and other purposes.