Park Amendment Bill Threatens B.C.’s Parks
Sierra Club BC joins other B.C. environmental groups in voicing serious concerns about proposed changes to legislation to allow industry to carry out “research” in B.C.’s protected areas. Bill 4: Park Amendment Act, 2014 will potentially allow pipelines, transmission lines, roads and other industrial activities to occur in protected areas. The proposed legislation is of concern as the natural systems in our parks are so fragile and they protect many endangered species.
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“Our parks and protected areas are the envy of the world and a treasure that belongs to all British Columbians - for health, recreation and to preserve the natural ecosystems on which we depend. To allow oil companies to undertake feasibility studies for pipelines and transmission lines in our parks threatens the integrity of B.C’s world class park system and sends the deeply disturbing message that industry trumps conservation in our parks,” said Sierra Club BC’s Executive Director Bob Peart.
“With over 20 million visitors every year, our parks and protected areas make an essential contribution to sustainable, diversified local economies. This bill is yet another instance of the government’s blind rush to sacrifice healthy ecosystems, protected areas and productive farmland on the altar of fossil fuel projects,” Peart said.
Listen to Bob Peart speaking to CBC's Gregor Craigie.
Read 24 Hrs Vancouver article.