How would fish, birds, and other wildlife be affected by the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline?
Fish, birds, and other wildlife are in the immediate path of harm in the event of any oil spill, major or minor. Here’s how:
- Any marine birds near an oil spill risk oiling and probable death. A major spill could result in one of the top bird mortality events ever caused by oil because of the exceptional abundance and diversity of birds in Burrard Inlet and in the Fraser Delta: such a spill would kill up to 500,000 birds (Trans Mountain Assessment Report, p. 35, 70)
- Many other species important to Tsleil-Waututh like shellfish, juvenile salmon, forage fish, and marine mammals, such as orcas, will die (Background Facts for TWN Independent Assessment, p. 1)
- Stranded oil along the shoreline of Burrard Inlet will provide a long-term reservoir of contamination, and finfish and shellfish communities may take years to recover, since their embryos will die from the toxic effects (Trans Mountain Assessment Report, p. 70)
- The dynamics of the food-web in Burrard Inlet will be disrupted (Trans Mountain Assessment Report, p. 86)
- A large-scale environmental catastrophe can be expected, as even smaller spills will have serious and lasting environmental consequences (Trans Mountain Assessment Report, p. 69)