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I am a french freelance journalist, and I prepare a paper for La Recherche science magazine, in a special issue focused on the poles. In that issue, I write a paper about the quest of mining resources in the Arctic region, and the maritime trafic implication of such quest (the level issues will be dealt by a a geography scientist). Do you know any research center that works on Arctic resources?

Thanks for your help

Denis Delbecq, PhD
on behalf of La Recherche

Please do not think that this is a plan supported by many Canadians. Most in BC are opposed to this plan due to the environmental risk both to our 1000 steams this pipe will cross and to our Coast. The Douglas Channel is the fourth most treacherous water way in the world.
This pipeline is supported primarily by big oil, (many of whom are American), the Chinese and Alberta. They all have much to gain but BC, like Alaska and Washington State have much to lose. The Kinder Morgan pipeline is owned by an American company. If they are allowed to proceed with tripling their capacity, those ships will travel right past the Washington coast on the way to California.
As bad a the Exxon Valdez spill was these ships are much larger (3-4 times) and will carry bitumen ( the same stuff that spilled into the Kalamazoo by the same company)not crude. Bitumen sinks and pollutes the ocean floor and cannot be cleaned up. Those in Alaska and Washington should be as concerned as we in BC.

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