July 22nd, 2020 update: Zurich, Trans Mountain’s biggest insurer, agreed to stop insuring Trans Mountain pipeline!
Original petition text:
Liberty Mutual is insuring an oil pipeline that’s poisoning the water of Indigenous people in Canada.
The pipeline is a mega-oil highway, transporting crude oil across Canada. Just last month, it spilled 190,000 litres of thick tar sands oil near a sacred Indigenous burial ground.
This is just one of 85 spills from this pipeline in the last 10 years.
But we could stop this climate destroying pipeline by making sure it can’t get insurance. That’s why we are launching our campaign to call on Liberty Mutual, Chubb, AIG and other companies to not renew its insurance on Trans Mountain pipeline when it expires in August.
Call on Liberty Mutual, Chubb and AIG to stop fueling climate chaos and insuring human rights abuses.
Insurance companies hold the key to stopping this pipeline -- if the pipeline can’t get corporations to pay for cleaning up its spills, it can’t operate.
And if this pipeline is expanded, it will lead to climate disaster.
Unfortunately for our planet, right before the COVID-19 crisis hit, the Canadian courts greenlit the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline – a reckless project that would increase tanker traffic through the Salish Sea by seven hundred percent, endangering the already struggling Southern Resident Orca whale population.
And if you think the global pandemic is stopping the plans on expanding the Trans Mountain pipeline, think again -- despite social distancing measures, construction on the new climate destroying Trans Mountain pipeline has already started. With the start of construction also comes the instalment of “man camps” which have been linked to violence against Indigenous women and to the spread of COVID-19 in Native communities.
This is the time to call on the insurance companies to pull out -- two big Insurance companies just pulled out of the pipeline, the spill near Indigenous land that happen last month is still fresh on the remaining insurance companies' books, and the insurance running out next month.
Sign the petition calling on Liberty Mutual, AIG, and Chubb to stop insuring the Trans Mountain pipeline.
SumOfUs has forced financial institutions to pull out of dangerous pipelines before. When over 360,000 members like you signed a petition calling on major banks to pull the plug on the Dakota Access pipeline during the heart of the Standing Rock protests, the largest bank in Norway decided to pull funding the day after we brought your names to their headquarters.
And just last week, the US courts forced Dakota Access pipeline to drain all its oil and stop operating. Activists were able to stop the Dakota Access pipeline because we took action over and over. And together, we can stop the Trans Mountain pipeline too, but only if keep the pressure on. Please take action now.
City News. 6 July 2020.
Financial Post. 12 May 2020.
National Observer. 14 June 2020.