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

Nikki Rekman
Helen Milliken
Darlene Kee
Daphne Clegg
Julie Harding
Bethany Young
Allan Burgesse
Coral Christianson
Shanelle McCormick
Michael Moss
Emma Bryce
Terry Bodman
Lauretta Gauthier
Lisa Neufeld
Rainer Huebl
Amber Walsh
Jesse Olund
Nattalia Ryane
Sandra Froese
Jennifer Vance
Adam Gibson
Terry Ellis
Maureen Raymond
Wilma Ratzlaff
GOAL: 1,500 signatures

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signed 2016-11-30 08:21:58 -0800
I understand we have to balance our resources and these are tough decisions that are being made, move the pipeline off the aquifer!!
signed 2016-11-30 08:18:14 -0800
The pipeline has been approved by the Trudeau government. Now what? Do we need to live in fear that there might be a leak in the old line? Do we live in fear that an earthquake could cause serious problems with an old or a new line? As they say in North Dakota, “Water is life.” Let’s protect it.
posted about this on Facebook 2016-11-30 08:13:52 -0800
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signed 2016-11-30 08:12:57 -0800
posted about this on Facebook 2016-11-30 08:09:05 -0800
Sign the petition: let's not amplify an existing disaster waiting to happen!
signed 2016-11-30 08:07:51 -0800
It makes no sense to add to the threat already in place over our aquifer! If we have to have pipelines … MOVE them off the aquifer!
signed 2016-11-30 07:24:55 -0800
Please do what’s right and help keep us safe. Just move the pipeline over. It’s an easy solution to avoid a major issue!. Why wouldn’t you?
signed 2016-11-30 03:38:05 -0800
Bethany Young
signed 2016-11-29 23:53:28 -0800
The Aquafresh must be protected !
posted about this on Facebook 2016-11-29 23:17:17 -0800
Sign the petition: PLEASE I drink this water every day, I cant risk an pipe leak over my water source
signed 2016-11-29 22:49:40 -0800
Coral N Christianson
posted about this on Facebook 2016-11-29 22:33:49 -0800
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signed 2016-11-29 22:32:58 -0800
Dont put our main drinking water source at risk.
followed this page 2016-11-29 22:18:29 -0800
signed 2016-11-29 22:16:38 -0800
Not over the aquifer ! Please stop this madness . Do what’s right… not what the Elite want, because they want to lead everyone into the furnace !

Please change the placement of the pipeline so that it will not affect people’s drinking water, even if it breaks… Because we all know that’s going to happen
signed 2016-11-29 22:08:47 -0800
Emma Bryce
signed 2016-11-29 21:56:05 -0800
signed 2016-11-29 21:47:35 -0800
signed 2016-11-29 21:35:21 -0800
signed 2016-11-29 20:56:02 -0800
Rainer Huebl
signed 2016-11-29 20:16:18 -0800
signed 2016-11-29 19:55:52 -0800
signed 2016-11-29 19:37:48 -0800
Considering that the pipeline has been approved, let us do whatever we can to protect the water of Chilliwack and make wise decisions. Absolutely necessary to move it off the aquifer. Thank you for keeping us up to date so we can follow up on this.
signed 2016-11-29 19:20:25 -0800
Alberta needs to get oil to market; we need safe water. If you are going to do the one, please make sure you protect the other by moving the route off the aquifer.
signed 2016-11-29 19:16:21 -0800
signed 2016-11-29 19:11:14 -0800
If our local politicians wont stand up for our city then we will find someone that will! Companies dont tell our city what to do, we tell them!
signed 2016-11-29 19:03:40 -0800
signed 2016-11-29 18:59:22 -0800
How many times do we have to say NO Ottawa.Texas millionaire co’s don’t give a damn about our water supply ..
signed 2016-11-29 18:59:16 -0800
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