A catastrophic oil spill in the Georgia Strait would devastate the marine environment, the coastal economy and BC's green reputation for decades to come. Despite the fact that tar sands oil is already travelling through our waters, we don't have either the resources or the technology to effectively respond to a diluted bitumen spill. Since even a ‘good' response to a spill of conventional oil in our region would only clean up about 10-20% of the oil, the best way to protect our coast is to leave the oil in the ground.
The Salish Sea Spill Map is part of our research project with Raincoast Conservation Foundation to better understand the path an oil spill might take, how far the oil could travel and what treasured places are at risk. Explore the map and read our preliminary results.
Our Save the Salish Sea project with the Wilderness Committee capaigns to stop new fossil fuel export projects, thereby reducing the risk of oil ever hitting the water. Take action and find out about upcoming events in your area!
As a member of the cross-border Pacific Oil Spill Prevention Education Team, we carry out pollution prevention education with boaters and marinas to stop smaller oil spills.
Oil spill impacts
- Exxon-Valdez Oil Spill Legacy: Shifting Paradigms in Oil Exotoxicology (PDF)
- Long-term Ecosystem Response to the Exxon-Valdez Spill - Dec. 2003 (PDF)
- A "Small" Spill in Squamish
Spill prevention & response: are we ready?
- GSA submission to provincial spill preparedness and response review (2014)
- GSA submission to federal Tanker Safety Expert Panel (2013)
- Tanker Technology - Limitations of Double Hulls. Report from Living Oceans Society (pdf, 1.01MB)
- Major Marine Vessel Casualty Risk and Response Preparedness in British Columbia (pdf, 22 MB) - September 2008 (Living Oceans Society Report, with support from Georgia Strait Alliance)
Marine traffic in the Salish Sea
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