Every day the the tar sands operations in Northeastern Alberta produce 2 million barrels of oil, and within a few years they are projected to double their production.But for tar sands oil production to remain profitable all this heavy crude oil must make its way to markets that are far removed from these remote landlocked mining operations. The only means to move the oil is by pipelines—most which have not yet been built—and oil trains.
On this episode of Locus Focus we talk about two proposed pipeline projects which would carry tar sands-derived heavy crude oil to the Pacific coast. These pipelines will need to cross British Columbia's remote mountainous wilderness, traversing some of the last remaining pristine salmon streams in North America and the lands of First Nations people. Matt Krogh, Tar Sands SOS Campaign Director for ForestEthics in Bellingham, will discuss why these pipelines, as well as transporting oil by train, pose unacceptable risks to communities and natural environments throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Matt Krogh joined ForestEthics in August 2013 to direct a new campaign targeting tar sands on the West Coast of North America, Tar Sands SOS. Most recently as the North Sound Baykeeper at RE Sources for Sustainable Communities in Bellingham, Washington, Matt has spent the last three years fighting against Gateway Pacific and other proposed coal terminals on the West Coast.