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

bob smith
Jacqui Streber
Christopher Flater
LeeJ Heward
Natalie Chisholm
Geoff Davison
doug robinson
Rhea Arenson
Sara Sundstrom
Margaret Gore
Lisa Smart
Rae Paziuk
Jill Hall
Roberta Van Riet
Sacha Falch-Nielsen
Carol OConnor
James Newhouse
Jeannie Blyth (Klettke)
Carol Norman
Quinlan Huff
Amy DeCoste
Ken Allan
Erin Edwards
Benjamin Jacobs
Dana Miller
Rodney Kassel
Ania Ptak
GOAL: 1,500 signatures

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Thank you for your efforts!
signed 2016-11-18 16:07:07 -0800
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signed 2016-11-18 10:56:14 -0800
No pipelines ever!
signed 2016-11-18 10:16:02 -0800
Use half a brain, and put the pipeline around the aquifer. Let’s not risk our drinking water.
signed via 2016-11-18 10:09:34 -0800
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Sign the petition: lets all get behind this petition to protect our drinkingwater
signed 2016-11-18 07:28:53 -0800
signed via 2016-11-18 06:46:57 -0800
Water is life use it wisely .
signed 2016-11-17 20:50:32 -0800
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Protect the water which is our most valuable resource
signed 2016-11-17 14:12:56 -0800
signed 2016-11-17 13:00:06 -0800
fcking heck, how many legs are we gonna chew off before we realize we’re not gonna get much further
signed 2016-11-17 10:31:47 -0800
signed 2016-11-17 09:47:38 -0800
If the new pipeline has to be built, for the sake of the current population of Chilliwack and future generations, please reroute the pipeline so that it does not cross over the Sardis-Vedder aquifer.
signed 2016-11-17 09:36:48 -0800
signed 2016-11-17 09:26:53 -0800
We want our natural water kept pure. It would in extreme risk running through this soft marsh ground if earthquake occurs or other perils
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