sign - protect our drinking water


We see these signs along roads in Chilliwack's Protected Groundwater Zone.


Of course we wouldn't want heavy oil pipelines across that zone!


And yet that's what we have.
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protect_water_oil_300w.jpg "Once contaminated, it is unlikely that the aquifer could be remediated adequately to use for drinking water purposes again." -- City of Chilliwack to the National Energy Board

A 63-year old oil pipeline lies over the Sardis-Vedder Aquifer, Chilliwack and Yarrow's sole drinking water source. The federal government is poised to allow Kinder Morgan to add a second pipeline twice as large alongside that old one for a combined capacity of 890,000 barrels every day. So far we've been lucky, but the old pipe has had 82 leaks elsewhere. The proposed new pipeline comes with no guarantee of safety either, as demonstrated by the 5-million litre spill on a 9 month old Nexen pipeline in Alberta in 2015.

We must not let Kinder Morgan double-down on this gamble with our drinking water!

If the twinning project goes ahead and they dig a new trench anyway, there would never be an easier time to remove this threat from Chilliwack and Yarrow's water source by going around the aquifer instead of over it, moving the old pipe off the aquifer too! (See a 1-minute video of current and one possible alternate route below)

The National Energy Board report acknowledged the compounding risks in this section of the pipeline (more) and said several times that the route is not finalized and changes can still be made. It's not too late, but time is short and no one is going to make that route change happen for us. It is up to those of us who rely on this water every day to tell our government and the regulator that they must protect the Sardis-Vedder Aquifer as a condition of project approval!

This isn't about whether the pipeline should go ahead or not. Only that if the pipeline goes ahead it must not be on top of this city's drinking water. Please add your name below to support this move!

National Energy Board & BC Ministers Mary Polak and Rich Coleman: Not On The Aquifer!

Chilliwack and Yarrow's drinking water must be protected by changing the route to move both new and old Trans Mountain pipelines off of the Sardis-Vedder Aquifer if Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain Expansion Project is approved!

Who's signing

Jeremy Sinclair
Michael Gowan
Kathleen Little
Neil VanHoepen
Jennifer Epp
Sherry anne Phillips
James Ryan
Matthew Regehr
Dorothy Brndsen
Cynthia Teichrob
Crystal Jean-Pierre
Laurea Palmantier
Deborah Bledsoe
Teresa Irwin
Shannon Oldale
Erin Raynard
Deb Greenfield
Teena Shaw
Lauren Thompson
Jody Beugeling
Angela Moore
Cora Robinson
Sofi Hindmarch
Tara Damato
Audrey Faber
Allan Williams
Hazel Denton
GOAL: 1,500 signatures

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signed 2017-09-14 07:54:13 -0700
signed 2017-05-05 20:45:36 -0700
We drink this water, it must be protected! It is a “no-brainer” that the pipelines NOT go over our aquifer but be rerouted away from it. Why take the risk when it can be avoided right now!
signed 2017-05-05 17:14:22 -0700
signed 2017-05-05 15:34:44 -0700
posted about this on Facebook 2017-05-05 13:42:22 -0700
Sign the petition:
signed 2017-05-05 12:43:04 -0700
Especially after the press release from the City dated May 5th. Kinder Morgan appears not to be playing nice in their expansion project.
signed 2017-04-13 16:14:12 -0700
Please re route the vedder water aquifer. Our drinking water is very important, please keep it safe.
signed 2017-04-03 10:45:34 -0700
It is wrong that politicians are trying to make it difficult for the public to have a say in the routing of this pipeline.
signed 2017-03-23 05:14:26 -0700
signed via 2017-03-22 15:42:55 -0700
signed 2017-03-13 06:43:49 -0700
signed via 2017-03-07 22:54:59 -0800
signed 2017-03-07 19:20:24 -0800
This route is far to risky to our community. We need to get this pipeline off our aquifer.
@ tweeted link to this page. 2017-03-07 18:08:10 -0800
signed 2017-03-07 18:07:47 -0800
This current planned route is absolutely NUTS!! Are these people crazy??? Change the route, better yet CAN THIS PROJECT. Why risk our drinking water so that a foreign owned company can take bitumen out of foreign owned leases in the tar sands and process it and sell it in china. NO BENEFIT to those of us depending on the aquifer. Not much benefit to any Canadian except the surety that when there is a leak, the tax payer and not Kinder Morgan or Trans Mountain will pay for it.
posted about this on Facebook 2017-03-07 14:19:07 -0800
Sign the petition: Hey guys! Help re-route the pipeline over OUR AQUIFER...
signed 2017-03-07 14:15:09 -0800
signed 2017-03-07 12:13:18 -0800
signed 2017-03-07 09:47:02 -0800
signed 2017-03-07 08:52:27 -0800
It seems ludicrous to put a pipeline through the middle of the aquifer. Look at all options, and determine a safer route.
signed 2017-03-07 08:22:39 -0800
signed 2017-03-06 22:47:17 -0800
signed 2017-03-06 19:21:21 -0800
signed 2017-03-06 18:47:23 -0800
Not on the aquifer, not anywhere!
signed 2017-03-06 16:06:53 -0800
We don’t want our Aquifer put at riskk
signed 2017-02-17 22:10:12 -0800
Sofi Hindmarch
signed 2017-02-16 18:51:42 -0800
I want my children to have a future in Chilliwack and see renewable resources being invested in to help our environment that we are supposed to be stewards of. Save our precious drinking water!!!
signed 2017-02-05 15:58:41 -0800
signed via 2017-01-26 19:06:21 -0800
signed 2017-01-24 18:38:03 -0800
we must protect our water for future generations .
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