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Thu Aug 16, 2012, 12:52 PM

(Canada) Enbridge deletes islands to push pipeline

Canadian energy giant Enbridge wants to put an oil pipeline/tanker route from the already dubious tar sands through waterways and rainforest to move oil. Seem dangerous? Well, in order to make it seem -less- dangerous, Enbridge had 1000 square kilometers of islands deleted from a map in both images and a video showing the project, in order to make it look more appealing.

Enbridge has been in the news a lot lately due to terrible pipeline oil spills like this:
http://bc.ctvnews.ca/experts-fear-long-term-health-impact-of-michigan-spill-1.915380

but this latest move just seems that much more offensive, because it assumes that all the people involved are stupid. From the article in the Vancouver Sun:

About 1,000 square kilometres of islands have disappeared from Douglas Channel in an animated depiction of Enbridge Inc.'s proposed Northern Gateway pipeline and tanker route.

The project would send bitumen by pipeline from Alberta's oilsands to Kitimat, where it would be loaded onto tankers for export to Asia.

A video on the Enbridge website shows Douglas Channel as a wide open funnel leading from Kitimat to the Pacific, omitting the narrow channels, islands and rocky outcrops that make up the potential tanker access route.

The view of Douglas Channel sprang to public attention after Lori Waters, a Vancouver Island researcher and owner of a biomedical communications company, created overlays and maps showing the real Douglas Channel and posted the images on Facebook.


Enbridge is a dirty, polluting, unsafe company, and is lying through their teeth to get us to just buck up and let them do what they want, and damn the torpedoes. Here are links to some of the relevant sources and resources:

Vancouver Sun article:
http://www.vancouversun.com/Enbridge+sinks+islands+angers+critics/7099740/story.html
Sum Of Us blog post with the images:
http://sumofus.org/campaigns/enbridge/?sub=tw
The website of Enbridge itself:
http://www.enbridge.com/

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Response to Saviolo (Original post)

Thu Aug 16, 2012, 05:13 PM

1. "Who controls the present controls the past"

Whats a little geographic editing? Likely done with the assistance from the Ministry of Truth.

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Response to Joe Shlabotnik (Reply #1)

Fri Aug 17, 2012, 09:46 AM

3. Watch the blame roll downhill, too

They'll likely push the blame off to the company that they hired to make the graphics and the video, but I'm sorry, if you approve the copy, you sign off on it, it's up to you to do your own fact checking.

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Response to Saviolo (Original post)

Thu Aug 16, 2012, 10:15 PM

2. They're seriously evil.

I live near the Michigan spill site, and this doesn't surprise me at all.

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Response to knitter4democracy (Reply #2)

Fri Aug 17, 2012, 09:47 AM

4. Of course they are

Can you think of any major energy corps that aren't?

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