Northwest Institute

Working towards social and ecological sustainability in Northwest British Columbia since 1996

Analysis of Skeena River Tributaries Downstream from the Proposed Enbridge Pipeline


Jack A. Stanford, and Diane C. Whited were contracted by the Northwest Institute for Bioregional Research (Smithers, BC) to use existing databases to produce a series of maps describing the geomorphology of tributaries of the Skeena River, British Columbia that will be crossed by the proposed Enbridge pipeline. The objective was to develop and map metrics that delineate the areas of the Skeena River and its tributaries most vulnerable to potential pipeline spills associated with the proposed Enbridge corridor to Kitimat, BC.  The analysis was based on the likely scenario that a spill would result in petrochemicals being carried downstream and distributed in the channels in relation to the geomorphology.

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