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

Pat Reimer
Gary Wagner
Linda Phelps
Gloria Wagner
Wendy Major
Marion Eals
Claire Roche
Kristi Schroots
David Burdge
Kathy Sigstad
Laura Delisle
Nina Olsen
Abbey Riddolls
Rose Fleming
Wayne Froese
Ian Stephen
GOAL: 1,500 signatures

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signed via 2016-11-02 15:48:06 -0700
We can’t live without safe drinking water. Please sign and share.
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Our Aquifer drinking water for the Chilliwack Region has been given the best water in Canada awards for many years. Why is the Federal Gov’t willing to put this precious fresh water at risk and have us become like the Kalamazoo disaster ? ( fresh water as everyone might remember is less than 3% of the water on the face of planet Earth).
By considering to allow the TransMountain 63 yr old pipeline, now carrying heavy,abrasive bitumen with toxic dilutant ,to be twinned thru our dense urban region is actually condemning the voters that put this new federal government in place. We told this to your Environmental 3 person panel, this past summer. The response from those who spoke was overwhelmingly against transporting an old, planet killing, dirty, airborne substance.

The old line goes thru our Sardis drinking water aquifer plus also our wild salmon spawning beds in the adjacent Vedder River.

But most horrific is that the old pipeline will apparently be twinned thru and beside many, many school playgrounds. Mr. Carr, Mr Trudeau and the Min of the Environment…JUST SAY NO !

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Protect our drinking water! Move the pipelines so they don’t pass through our aquifer, or under the Vedder River and Peach Creek habitats. Our water and waterways are priceless resources that can never be replaced.
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