May 12: Proposed Law Would Bar Oil Tankers in Zone off of BC Coast


The federal government introduced legislation that would bar most oil tankers from operating along the coast of northern BC. The proposed law would prohibit oil tankers carrying crude oil from stopping, loading or unloading at ports in a zone that stretches from the Canada-US border in the north to the northern tip of Vancouver Island, and includes Haida Gwaii. Tankers carrying less than 12,500 metric tonnes of oil would be exempt to ensure northern communities can continue to receive shipments of necessary fuels.