An all day event entitled ‘Oil Spills in Your Backyard & Opportunities for Citizen Engagement’ is planned for Saturday, June 6th, 2015, 9 am to 4:30pm. Dr. Rikki Ott will lead the workshop at St. James Hall in Kitsilano (3214 West 10th Avenue). Dr. Ott was one of the speakers an event at SFU on April 29, 2015 that illustrated how Vancouver is unprepared for a major oil spill. and she is a member of The Alert Project.
The workshop is free; however, donations are requested to cover the costs. Tickets to the workshop are available here. For reference, we’ve reproduced the description of the workshop below:
On April 8th, 2015 the grain freighter Marathassa spilled at least 2,700 litres of Bunker C fuel oil into English Bay, oiling the surrounding waters and prompting the closure of fisheries and beaches. The slow and inept response to the spill revealed that the different levels of government lacked adequate oil spill response plans and resources. With 70 huge tankers a year full of bitumen already travelling through Burrard Inlet and the Salish Sea each year, and industry and government pushing to expand those numbers by the hundreds, the English Bay spill was an alarming wake up call to the community.
Join us for a full day community training by Exxon Valdez survivor and internationally renowned oil spill expert and author, Dr. Rikki Ott. Dr.Ott will share her knowledge on the impacts of oil spills, debunk the English Bay oil spill response, and share stories from the frontlines of the Exxon Valdez, Kalamazoo, and BP Gulf Mexico spills.