A video called “This is not an Enbridge animation” has sparked a spike in signatures on a petition calling for a moratorium on tanker traffic expansion in B.C. following Enbridge’s Douglas Channel animation blunder last week.
The cartoon attracted international media attention by depicting the Douglas Channel, through which the company hopes to ship oil from its proposed Northern Gateway pipeline to China, minus 1,000 square kilometers of islands.
The company’s defense was that the animation was only meant to be “broadly representational,” and a disclaimer on the video was quickly made more prominent.
North Vancouver filmmaker Dave Shortt, who created the live-action response, was already up near Kitimat working on a film project about the proposed pipeline when he read about Enbridge’s animation.
“Initially I was really angry, because this type of dishonestly, I think, really infuriates people, and it’s kind of insulting to the public, that they wouldn’t be able to figure out there’s a bunch of islands missing,” he said.
“But then, immediately it turned into, ‘Well here’s an opportunity for me to make a difference and make this video about this issue.’”
He posted it on Saturday and within 48 hours it had more than 15,000 views on Vimeo. Shorrt also plans to put it on YouTube.
An online petition calling for the expansion of tanker traffic to be stopped that already had more than 122,000 signatures has garnered another 1,100 in the last 24 hours, according to a spokeswoman for the Dogwood Initiative, which created the petition website.
She credited Shortt’s video for the boost.