Dogwood Initiative

Dogwood Initiative

October 20, 2010 12:45 ET

Dogwood Initiative: Oil Tanker Departing Vancouver Thursday Morning; Blockade Planned Due to Information Suggesting Inevitable Spill

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 20, 2010) - A fully loaded oil tanker is scheduled to leave Vancouver tomorrow morning (Thursday Oct 21st), with an indicated course that will take it through the heart of BC's coast.* Information obtained by Dogwood Initiative suggests the tanker is at risk of causing a catastrophic oil spill.

In response, Dogwood and its 'No Tankers' campaign is working with local residents to prepare a blockade to be established by 10:00 am Thursday morning.

The blockade will be erected at 505 Burrard Street, outside of Enbridge Inc's Northern Gateway headquarters. From there, local residents – determined to protect the coast – will chase the oil tanker down the streets of Vancouver. The tanker will be corralled, and the threat neutralized at the corner of Robson and Granville, under a video billboard funded by 95 British Columbians highlighting party positions on an oil tanker ban.

*Details and Visuals: This is a street theater performance and march organized to highlight the federal political solution to the threat of oil tankers on BC's Coast. The oil tanker in question is the 'Enbridge Valdez', an 8 foot long vessel made of recycled election signs. Characters will include Stephen Harper, Jack Layton, Michael Ignatieff, Enbridge CEO Pat Daniel and a crowd of citizens.

Start: Oct 21st 10:00am outside of Enbridge Inc headquarters at 505 Burrard Street, Vancouver BC.

Finish: 10:30am at the corner of Granville and Robson.

Route: Leave 505 Burrard St, heading southeast on West Pender, then southwest on Granville to intersection with Robson.

Interviews: Available in-person starting 10:35am at the corner of Robson and Granville

Contact Information

  • Dogwood Initiative
    Eric Swanson