The Oil Man and the Sea

The Oil Man and the Sea

Navigating the Northern Gateway

Book - 2013
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A sailing trip along the proposed Northern Gateway marine route with a fresh new voice in non-fiction.

With oil and gas behemoth Enbridge Inc.'s Northern Gateway proposal nearing approval, supertankers loaded with two million barrels of oil may soon be plying the waters from northern British Columbia down the wild Pacific Coast. This region is home to the largest tract of temperate rainforest on earth, First Nations who have lived there for millennia, and some of the world's most biodiverse waters--one spill is all it will take to erase ten thousand years of evolution.

Arno Kopecky and his companions travel aboard a forty-one-foot sailboat exploring the pristine route--a profoundly volatile marine environment that registered 1,275 marine vessel incidents--mechanical failures, collisions, explosions, groundings, and sinkings--between 1999 and 2009 alone. Neither Kopecky nor the boat's owner have ever sailed before, yet they brave these waters alone when their captain leaves them part way through the journey.

Written with Kopecky's quick humor and deft touch, this is a rich evocation of a mythic place and the ecology, culture, and history of a legendary region with a knife at its throat.
Publisher: Madeira Park, B.C. :, Douglas & McIntyre,, [2013]
ISBN: 9781771001076
Branch Call Number: 917.111 KOP NVD
Characteristics: 264 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Oil man & the sea


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paulajohanson Jun 19, 2014

This is a carefully written, contemporary and appropriate work on an important environmental issue.

Dec 29, 2013

A must read for all with a concern for the future of our country's environment & economic future
- well written,
- easy to follow & understand
- facts are substantiated by solid research

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