Numerous industrial marine development proposals are being pursued on the Pacific North Coast of British Columbia.
Several new terminal and marine transportation projects for North Coast ports in Prince Rupert, Kitimat and Stewart are at various levels of development. Of particular concern is that several of these projects include the marine transport of hydrocarbons.
While all of the ports in the Central Coast are small ‘remote ports’ and none of the new developments are proposed in our territories they will significantly increase the amount of marine traffic in the area, thereby potentially increasing the frequency and severity of accidents and associated spills. At the same time, small commercial and transient vessels continue to travel our territorial waters. The resulting release of sewage, grey water, bilge water, and garbage continue to be of serious concern to our Nations.
Improved regulation, better monitoring and enforcement, and the ability to respond quickly and effectively to local spills which threaten natural resources are needed to ensure these visitors do not harm our marine resources.