Senate Hearings on Oil Tanker Ban

Kathy Brookes

The Senate committee considering a ban on oil tankers off B.C.'s North Coast is set to hear from dozens of supporters and opponents in Prince Rupert and Terrace next week.

The committee has a full day of hearings scheduled Tuesday at Prince Rupert's Highliner Hotel, followed by another day in Terrace at the Best Western. 

Witnesses representing First Nations, local governments, fishermen and environmental groups, port operators and shippers and oil and gas industry supporters will be among those to speak, along with the local MLA's and MP. 

Bill C-48 would turn the current tanker moratorium -- into a total ban on oil moved by large ships -- between the northern tip of Vancouver Island and Alaska.

The Trudeau government promised the ban after rejecting Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline project in 2016.

Supporters argue it would protect the coast from potential environmental disaster.  Opponents argue it would preclude potential economic development.

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