Mapping the Northern Gateway Pipeline: risks to B.C.'s parks

While reading up on the controversial Northern Gateway pipeline, that oil company Enbridge wants to build to transport bitumen from Northern Alberta to the B.C. coast, I came across an interesting research paper by the Raincoast Conservation Foundation. The paper (published in October 2012) evaluated the possible impact of a potential pipeline spill to parks and protected areas downstream from the pipeline. It identified 34 areas that would be at risk in the event of a spill.

Since I had been wanting to try my hand at mapping for a while, I went ahead and built a map based on the results of the paper. The map displays the areas listed in the research paper, and the paper's findings for each park, along with all of BC’s parks and the proposed pipeline’s route.

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