‘Baywatch’ Star Wants Oil Tanker Ban

An actress better known for running on beaches than protecting them is joining a campaign to ban oil tankers from the south coast of B.C. Former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson, popular for her bouncing bosom in the show’s opening credits, lent her famous face to a YouTube video called Oily Beaches? No Tanks! A B.C. chapter of the Council of Canadians posted the video to its YouTube channel. “A 30-second navigational error could be catastrophic,” Anderson, who grew up in Ladysmith, B.C., says in the video about the tankers that enter and exit the Port of Vancouver. “If there was an oil spill here, I don’t think (the coast) would ever recover.” “Oil on the beaches where I grew up? No tanks.” Supporters of a ban on oil-tanker traffic off the south coast of B.C. argue the ecosystem is fragile and navigation through relatively shallow water and underneath the city’s bridges is tough. Kinder Morgan, the owner of the pipeline that runs into the port, plans to double capacity and increase the current traffic, which hit 65 tanker loads last year. Earlier this week, the House of Commons voted in a non-binding motion to ban tankers from the northwest coast. Supporters of that ban argue the water is rough and cold, making navigation risky and cleanup from a spill much harder. Ezra Levant, a QMI Agency columnist and author of Ethical Oil, says he doesn’t tend to wonder what Anderson thinks about these issues. “Unless I was drunk and thinking of getting a tattoo or plastic surgery, she’s probably not my role model for pretty much any decision making,” he said. Levant argues Anderson is effectively promoting oil from other countries with horrible human rights records and bad environmental management. “What she’s basically saying is keep all the pollution in the Third World where I don’t have to see it,” Levant said. NDP MP Nathan Cullen, who proposed the ban motion adopted this week, says awareness is everything, as long as Anderson’s celebrity doesn’t drown out the issue. “Most Vancouverites don’t know that there’s super tankers in their port right now,” Cullen said. “Even people engaged in other environmental causes or environmentally aware don’t realize.” Canada’s environment commissioner said this week the country isn’t prepared to handle an oil spill from a ship. Scott Vaughan said the government doesn’t know what equipment it has and hasn’t done a risk assessment in a decade. ((10 DEC 2010))













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