MP Taylor Bachrach does not want to repeal the oil tanker moratorium
Yesterday Skeena-Bulkley Valley M-P Taylor Bachrach shared his strong views during debate on Bill C-229, a Conservative Private Member's Bill to repeal the North Coast Oil Tanker Moratorium.
Bachrach has urged his fellow M-Ps not to support a Conservative private member's bill to repeal the oil tanker moratorium on the north coast.
During yesterday's House of Commons debate, Bachrach reminded MPs that the existing moratorium represents decades of work by northwest leaders concerned about the environmental impact of oil spills on fragile coastal ecosystems.
He says the Heiltsuk Nation near Bella Bella is still affected by the sinking four years ago of the tug Nathan E. Stewart and the spill of 110-thousand liters of diesel and other oils.
He also points out that the north and central coasts' Indigenous governments have imposed their tanker ban under Aboriginal laws.
Bachrach says he does not doubt that, if necessary, coastal residents will "rise up'' to protect the coast should the current tanker moratorium be lifted.