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

Ellie Edmeston
Brian Piccioni
Greg Poirier
Stephen Chessor
Larissa Rozendaal
Marjorie Brown
tyler wood
Emma Hilliard
Mary Spani
Gerry Sinclair
Carl Gunther
Christine Jones
Ewelina Kousaie
melvin hagen
Linda Schilling
Karen Letvinchuk
Danielle Adams
Beth Falch-Nielsen
Kristin Trelenberg
Sandra Mader
Andrea Sheppard
Kevin Behnsen
Cary Britton
Ben Funk
Alena McInroy
Claudia Barclay
Rhiannon Turney
GOAL: 1,500 signatures

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signed 2016-11-29 18:39:24 -0800
Ellie Edmeston
signed 2016-11-28 23:20:44 -0800
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signed via 2016-11-22 08:08:21 -0800
You can not…must not run pipeline over a fresh water aquifer!! This is drinking water for our area and for generations to follow. We all know there can be no guarantee for a foolproof and sure safeguard for conduit, therefore it is a must to keep it away from the aquifer!
signed 2016-11-22 02:40:46 -0800
signed 2016-11-21 21:34:13 -0800
Stop the pipe line going through Chilliwack. Go around it
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signed 2016-11-19 20:15:00 -0800
signed 2016-11-19 15:31:52 -0800
I’m fine with a pipeline, its safer in general, but not through the aquifer.
signed 2016-11-19 11:13:53 -0800
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signed 2016-11-19 06:36:38 -0800
The only cost is monetary and the optics of doing the right thing will sinn a positive light on your orphanage for years to come. Any forward thinking of the millennial age like Google, or Autodesk or Makerbots would jump at the relative affordability of this kind of social awareness advertising. Or you could be small minded and focused on immediate instead of long term goals and continue to have bad press and tarnished reputation. People like myself and others will either sing your praises or condemn you in the public eye. Totally up to you. Good luck in your decisions.
signed 2016-11-19 00:04:38 -0800
Just don’t
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