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About the Oil Free Coast Alliance

In October 2001, a new government in British Columbia re-ignited talks with industry about the possibility of offshore oil and gas exploration along the province’s coast. As industry and government leaders met in Vancouver, representatives of 70 conservation, labour and First Nations groups gathered to protest lifting the thirty-year moratorium. Group leaders told the rally that rather than helping economically-struggling coastal communities, oil and gas development would instead cause environmental devastation. Such devastation would negatively affect the critical industries that support the local economies: fishing, sports fishing and tourism.

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