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

Laurie Lee
Kevin Sawatzky
Colin Collins
Odette Pare
Susan Slimmon
Heidi Epp
Michael Peters
Makaela Peters
Judy Rowland
Amanda Renyard
Michael Scott
Maria Fehr
John Chase
Kim Kelly
Joanne Oster
Louise Rousseau
Jennifer Foik
Lauralee Kelly
Christopher Epp
Shannon Carriere
Alen Reason
Rachel Zeze
Victor Froese
Sara Anthony
Richard Fast
Krista Butt
GOAL: 1,500 signatures

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signed via 2016-11-16 14:01:00 -0800
signed 2016-11-16 13:50:16 -0800
Kinder Morgan is an American company, that wants to use Canadian oil, pumped over Canadian soil to move it effectively from Canada to China so we can pay the outrageous prices to buy it back from them. All profits to them, and economic slavery to us. But hey, maybe they will build us another little walking bridge if we ask them nicely? After all, walking will be all we can afford sooner or later.
signed 2016-11-16 12:26:45 -0800
.. Just digging up around the old pipeline is a recipe for disaster. Please protect our aquafer by eliminating the present old pipes ..regardless. AND reroute all pipes that have to be there around our drinking water.. ps’s still 2016 isn’t it … NOT 1984 eh!!
signed 2016-11-16 12:26:34 -0800
The risk and consequence of an oil spill over our only source of drinking water is one that should be carefully considered, as the result would be irreversible should a spill occur. And, though the risk of a spill be perceived as low, the consequence would be final for our acquifer. Spills happen. This is an opportunity for big business to show stewardship and gain respect from local communities.
signed 2016-11-16 11:16:46 -0800
No pipelines should be near water aquifers…EVER.
signed 2016-11-16 10:49:36 -0800
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signed 2016-11-16 10:17:24 -0800
signed 2016-11-16 09:48:08 -0800
In the very very least, this pipeline can’t go over the aquifer. We need to be responsible in decisions of this magnitude.
signed 2016-11-16 09:32:57 -0800
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signed 2016-11-16 08:37:46 -0800
Please consider clean water over profit.
signed 2016-11-16 08:29:40 -0800
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signed 2016-11-16 07:20:29 -0800
No, no, no.
signed 2016-11-16 07:05:10 -0800
signed 2016-11-16 06:38:13 -0800
Our drinking water already tastes like it came straight from a heavily chlorinated swimming pool. Why risk further polluting our water to the point that it could never be remediated to use as drinking water again?Drinking water is a necessity of life, not a luxury. I doubt those building the pipeline would take the risk if it was their families drinking water at stake. Do the smart thing, not the greedy one and build around the aquifer, not over.
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