May calls for tanker ban on oil-spill anniversary

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Author: Cindy E. Harnett

A moratorium on crude-oil supertankers on B.C.’s coast should be expanded and enshrined in legislation, Green Party leader Elizabeth May said on the eve of the 23rd anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill.

“We know oil and water don’t mix,” said May, who was at the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre in Sidney Friday.

After the Exxon Valdez was grounded on a reef in Prince William Sound in Alaska in 1989, it spewed 40 million litres of crude oil across approximately 2,000 kilometres of shoreline. The area has not yet recovered, May said.

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