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Recreational boat spills more likely to pollute B.C. waters than tankers
The Globe And Mail

Proposed new oil pipelines have heightened concerns about major spills from increased tanker traffic on the West Coast, but a new study has found that fleets of leaking recreational boats and other small vessels are more likely to foul B.C. waters. Stefania Bertazzon, a University of Calgary researcher, worked with several federal government departments and the University of Victoria in putting together what is thought to be the first study of its kind in the world.

The study points to recreational boats, marinas, passenger ships and fishing boats as the causes of most spills, while cargo ships and oil tankers are responsible for a smaller portion. “I would like to stress that we are not saying [the big ships] aren’t polluting,” Stefania Bertazzon said.

Dr. Bertazzon said marinas for small vessels are big contributors of spills. “There are all the old boats [at docks] that are leaking constantly; there are glitches in the way people fill up their boats. Most of it is carelessness. The marina is actually a place where a lot of [oily] discharge is generated.” Dr. Bertazzon warned that multiple recreational boat spills can, over time, be more damaging than a single big spill from a tanker.

“We know these sort of long-term continual spills have a greater impact on the environment than the big catastrophic spills that catch everyone’s attention when they happen,” she said.

Malgré le fait que des milliers de pétroliers arpentent la planète tous les jours sans causer de catastrophes, depuis un mois, le PQ veut nous faire croire qu’il serait impossible d’en faire autant sur le St-Laurent.

Mauvaise nouvelle pour les pétrophobes du PQ, une étude a montré que les grands responsables des déversements dans les cours d’eau ne sont pas les pétroliers, mais les bateaux de plaisance, les traversiers et les bateaux de pêche. Bref, contrairement au discours des écolos, nous n’avons rien à craindre de voir des pétroliers circuler sur le fleuve, les bateaux qui circulent déjà sont bien plus dangereux.

Étrangement, les médias d’ici n’ont pas jugé bon confronter le PQ avec le résultat de cette étude…