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Directly Affected

Zack Embree / Canada / 2015 / 10 ' / English


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A film project about people, pipelines, Canada’s environment, our economy and democracy.


DIRECTLY AFFECTED tells the story of the people impacted by Kinder Morgan's proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion.

Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion plans to transport 890,000 barrels per day of tar sands oil from Edmonton to Vancouver. Tanker visits to Vancouver will increase by 574% from 2010 levels to 408 oil tankers every year. Oil storage capacity at Burnaby will also triple with 14 new tanks increasing capacity by 3,900,000 barrels. The vast majority of oil is for export, not Canadian use. That means 816 tankers transits to and from Burrard Inlet via the Strait of Georgia, past the Fraser estuary and the Gulf Islands, through Haro Strait and Juan de Fuca Strait.

As a result of Bill C-38 and a dramatically weakened Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, applicants for public participation in the National Energy Board (NEB) review of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Expansion proposal had to prove they were either “directly affected” or had relevant knowledge or expertise. This qualification, coupled with a seemingly intentionally onerous online application process, left many individuals and grassroots groups excluded from sharing their opinions within the review process. DIRECTLY AFFECTED is our response to the frustration felt by communities across BC who want to have their voices heard.

Working with the Raincoast Conservation Foundation, Vancouver filmmakers Zack Embree secured seed funding from Telus Storyhive to produce a 10 minute short. The project has now evolved to include a web series and outreach program to connect other communities directly affected by pipeline development in British Columbia, Alberta and across Canada to Ontario and Quebec.


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