Black Wave: The Legacy of the Exxon Valdez

Free public screening in Nanaimo of the award-winning, Canadian-made documentary Black Wave: The Legacy of the Exxon Valdez, produced and directed by Robert Cornellier. Sunday, June 3rd, 3:00 pm at Vancouver Island University – Bldg 200, Rm 203.

Film screening will be followed by a discussion with Sierra Club BC’s, Caitlyn Vernon, who will speak about the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway twin pipelines, and the planned expansion of the existing Kinder Morgan pipeline, and the accompanying supertanker traffic in coastal BC waters.

Demonstration in Cordova, Alaska as fishers recall Exxon’s promises

These pipelines and the increase in super-tanker traffic pose a serious threat to Vancouver Island’s beaches and waters as well as to BC’s Great Bear Rainforest, home of the Kermode ‘Spirit’ bear. This rainforest represents 25 per cent of the earth’s remaining ancient coastal temperate rainforests. An oil spill in BC waters would change our coast forever and alter BC’s economy and lifestyle.

Black Wave: The Legacy of the Exxon Valdez examines the aftermath of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil tanker spill in Alaska. Over two decades later, the oil is still there, lingering just below the surface. People and

Marine biologist Riki Ott digs at a beach on Knight Inlet displaying Exxon Valdez oil 18 years later.

wildlife are suffering from life-threatening illnesses, and the fishing industry has still not recovered.

This is also the kick-off event forming a local Sierra Club BC group in Nanaimo. Whether you are interested in joining a group or not, come and learn how an oil spill on our coast would impact you and your family.

Refreshments and discussion will follow the screening.

More info at: http://www.sierraclub.bc.ca/events/black-wave-the-legacy-of-the-exxon-valdez

About Kim Goldberg

Kim Goldberg is an award-winning poet and journalist and the author of 7 books. Latest titles: UNDETECTABLE (her Hep C journey in haibun), RED ZONE (poems of homelessness) and RIDE BACKWARDS ON DRAGON: a poet's journey through Liuhebafa. She lives in Nanaimo, BC. Contact: goldberg@ncf.ca
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