Oil Spill Crisis: Avoiding Disaster in Canada

Boat in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill 2010 - photo by kris krügThe Deepwater Horizon oil blowout in April 2010 spilled over 750 million litres of oil into the Gulf, an accident six times the size of the Exxon Valdez spill.

It will be years, before the full impacts of this oil spill are known. In some cases, we may never know the extent of the effects on particular species.

Could it happen in Canada?

The tragedy in the Gulf of Mexico is a reminder that oil in the water is dangerous for communities, fisheries, wildlife and ecosystems no matter where it happens.

Canada's coastline is the longest in the world, including three oceans and a sea of arctic ice that support some of the most abundant marine life on Earth. But all three of our coasts are threatened by the negative effects of offshore drilling and tanker traffic. Perhaps the greatest danger lies in drilling in the Arctic, where a spill would have devastating consequences for the region's fragile wildlife and ecosystems, and no technology exists to clean up a spill in so inhospitable an area.

We must work to prevent a similar disaster on Canada's shores. Ask the government to take strong, swift action to ensure that the natural treasures of our marine environment are protected from the perils of oil and gas development.

Photo by kris krüg


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  • John Duncan
  • Peter Kent
  • Joe Oliver

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Canada must avoid an oil spill disaster

Dear [Recipient],

The tragedy in the Gulf of Mexico is a reminder that offshore oil drilling can carry risks for the environment and for the communities along our coasts. Oil in the water is dangerous for fisheries, wildlife and ecosystems no matter where it happens.

Canada's government must work to address these risks and prevent a similar disaster in our waters.



The disaster in the Gulf of Mexico is a wake-up call. It will be months, if not years, before the full impacts of this oil spill are known. In some cases, we may never know the extent of the effects on particular species.

We cannot let a similar crisis occur in Canada. I am calling on Canada's government for strong, swift action to ensure that the natural treasures of our marine environment are protected from the perils of oil and gas development.

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