Protect Endangered Orcas from Big Oil


Target: Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

Goal: Stop the construction of a pipeline off the coast of Vancouver that could decimate or even eradicate a population of endangered orca whales.

Soon, the orcas that reside in the waters alongside Vancouver, B.C. may be completely eliminated by an increase in oil tanker traffic. On December 19 the fate of the last few remaining orcas in the Salish Sea will be decided as the federal government of Canada votes on the Trans Mountain Expansion project. This project will add almost 1,000 kilometers of pipeline that would claw from Alberta to Vancouver; wreaking environmental havoc each time a leak is sprung.

These whales have long suffered from the presence of their human neighbors. From being ripped away from their families to be sold to amusement parks, to absorbing dangerous chemicals leeched into the water by local industries, the orcas have had trouble fighting for their survival. Currently there is a shortage of the whale’s most common prey, the Chinook salmon. This shortage has led to the whales facing severe starvation.

This problem is exacerbated by traffic from shipping liners, traffic that will dramatically increase if this pipeline expanded. This traffic drowns out communication between whales, and it causes the orcas undue stress. The whales will not move to another habitat because the one they currently reside in is critical to their survival. There is also the tangible threat of an oil spill contaminating the water; killing a variety of marine animals.

There are currently only around 80 whales left in this region. The Federal Canadian government is voting on this pipeline soon, so time is running out for these endangered animals. Sign this petition to stop this pipeline expansion, and protect the biodiversity of the Pacific Ocean.


Dear Prime Minster Trudeau,

You lead the Federal Canadian government, which is voting on December 19, on the Trans Mountain Expansion project. This project will add almost 1,000 kilometers of pipeline from Alberta to Vancouver. This immense pipeline will go under schools and communities. It will exacerbate problems created by climate change. It will destroy the endangered genetically unique population of orca whales that reside off the coast of Vancouver.

You have the power to sway the government to vote against a pipeline that has the potential to wreak havoc on the environment and communities it runs beneath.

The orca population only has about 80 whales left, making them critically endangered. The increase in oil tanker traffic and the risk of an oil spill spell doom for these majestic creatures.

Canada is a country that is known for its pristine, untouched nature. Don’t pass a proposal that could stain your country’s environmental reputation. Vote no on the pipeline and put your support behind clean energy.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Christopher Michel

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  1. Marsha Squibb says:

    No no no spare they’re lives no oil tankers!!!!!!

  2. Linda Barnett says:

    This vote has to be a “No”! What man is doing to this precious planet and ALL of its inhabitants is criminal! When are we going to realise that what we are doing will be the undoing of us? We all must face up to our responsibilities and do what is right for our world and stop destroying what we are all privileged to have.

  3. The NEB (National Energy Board) weighed the benefits of the project against its “burdens”, one of the “BURDENS” being the endangered whales found off the coast of Vancouver Island, and approved the pipeline – so, it’s “OK to push yet another species towards extinction”, and in the name of big business and big oil?? EXACTLY what people are fed up with… Are you even empowered to make that decision (though big oil, it’s lobbyists and a certain element of the financial sector always try)…
    Big Question: WHY are we pushing continued dependence on fossil fuels anyway.
    Though nothing is carved in stone yet, Canada just effectively buried it’s Paris climate commitments…

  4. Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & Shared❗️?

  5. Yolanda Bernhard says:

    Shame on the ALL

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