THE BC PUBLIC WILL DECIDE…

The BC public helped ‘take down’ two governments as they showed their dislike  of the goofy Trans Mountain Expansion Pipeline project (TMEP). Government conveniently ‘forgot’ about their claim to use science  as they clumsily APPROVED our Prime Minister’s ‘PREFERRED’  pipeline…. An independent ,expert scientific risk assessment report would have offered the NEB an opportunity ,in the public interest, to determine which dilbit export marine terminal location   offered  best ‘protection’, for the environment .

The government science ‘farce’ continues…  Our Science  Minister explained that  “We need to be basing our decisions and policies on facts…..and on SCIENCE !…”as she announced Government’s intention to appoint a Chief Science Advisor ?

A recent  Senate ‘Pipeline Study’…  made …recommendations on “how the government can restore legitimacy to the pipeline approval process”… which we  assume will be ignored…!

 

Let the INDEPENDENT  science (risk assessment) happen…and determine which marine port location offers the least probability of a tanker marine spill…and then approve this science based process.

 

BC PUBLIC WILL DECIDE….

 

 

 

Have the governments not noticed…how an  angry BC public ,utilized  the ultimate hearing process ,the  ballot box…and  contributed to ‘taking down’ 2 governments….and now wait for Oct 2019…

 

 

Stephen  Harper Federal   government goes down !

 

The  Trudeau cohort ,Christy Clark, ‘liked’ the ill-conceived  Trans Mountain Expansion Pipeline (TMEP)  …. Public  concern remains  about the inevitable diluted bitumen (dilbit) leak from the greatly increased number of tankers in our busy waters..  Trudeau Government  approved ,the goofy TMEP …with no independent ,science based risk assessment .

Christy Clark BC Provincial government  goes  down !

 

Revenue generating , pipelines are vital for Canada’s economy…A solution stares us in the face ,that reduces probability a tanker sourced dilbit leak from  a tanker . Build one smarter pipeline ,from Alberta to BC coast terminal, that offers tankers direct access to the open Pacific…

 

 

Carl Shalansky, P. Eng. (Retired)

Blog: https://redfern3359.wordpress.com/

(604) 986-4657

THE BC PUBLIC WILL DECIDE…

Have the governments not noticed…how an  angry BC public ,utilized  the ultimate hearing process ,the  ballot box…and  contributed to ‘taking down’ 2 governments….and now wait for Oct 2019

Stephen  Harper Federal   government goes down !

The  Trudeau cohort ,Christy Clark, ‘liked’ the ill-conceived  Trans Mountain Expansion Pipeline (TMEP)  …. Public  concern remains  about the inevitable diluted bitumen (dilbit) leak from the greatly increased number of tankers in our busy waters..  Trudeau Government  approved ,the goofy TMEP …with no independent ,science based risk assessment .

Christy Clark BC Provincial government  goes  down !

Revenue generating , pipelines are vital for Canada’s economy…A solution stares us in the face ,that reduces probability a tanker sourced dilbit leak from  a tanker . Build one smarter pipeline ,from Alberta to BC coast terminal, that offers tankers direct access to the open Pacific…

 

MINIMUM RISK OPTIONS ONLY…PLEASE

Any wannabe dilbit exporter must show the  BC public or any would-be investor an ‘unvarnished’ ,independent expert scientific risk assessment of the proposed tanker marine routes throughout  the BC coast ….!

 

Our new Government leader once told  us about the importance of ‘science’ ….and ‘listening’ ! Now ,from Rome, we heard him say “the…decision we took on the Trans Mountain pipeline was based on facts and evidence ….! Our Minister of Science says “We need to be basing our decisions and policies, on facts, on evidence…. AND  on SCIENCE !…

A  recent Senate   report (now buried ?)….  recommended on “how the government can restore ‘legitimacy’ to the pipeline approval process.”

 

Surely our advisors and scientists ,if so instructed, would confirm where there is a less risky marine route available that would permit Alberta to send more dilbit for export …!

Instruct our  NEB or Chief Science Advisor to do an independent risk assessment ,and  confirm that there is a relatively  ,SAFER, marine route  available, that would permit Alberta to ,ship dilbit, to the BC coast terminal ?

Build ONE PIPELINE  from Alberta to a dilbit loading terminal that gives  dilbit laden tankers   less risky ,wide open access to the Pacific…

 

Carl Shalansky, P. Eng. (Retired)

 

(604) 986-4657

 

 

DITHER NO LONGER….BUILD NOW,,,

 

Yes ,the Federal Government has the ‘power’ approve the TMEP…in the National Interest…so long as they remain in power, and the public do not become too unruly   …and the project remains profitable…

 

  1. Will the ‘newly concocted’ BC government be able to de-rail this ill-conceived ,much disliked export scheme…?
  2. Southern BC communities have already expressed ‘their concern’ about that inevitable tanker related diluted bitumen (dilbit) spill …in our coastal waters…as noted with recent BC election result…
  3. The courts have yet to be heard from…

 

  1. Lots of Alberta oil headed to  the US…but so far we do not know what ‘chunk of the profits’ President Trump will demand…potentially further shrinking the revenues for  the Alberta government , oil producers, and Kinder Morgan  !

 

  1. Yes Canadian want to see the VITAL revenues earned with our resource exports… …so let’s build a smarter pipeline that generates vital revenues…while minimizing the potential for dilbit spills in our busy waters…
  2. Build one ‘smarter ‘ pipeline system from Alberta to a location on the BC coast that offers ‘larger’ tankers  direct access to the open Pacific .. then eliminating any added tankers in our busy  VANCOUVER Harbour , the  International Salish sea…or the island bound Douglas Channel…

 

 

DITHER NO LONGER,BUILD NOW !

 

Yes ,the Federal Government has the ‘power’ approve the TMEP…in the National Interest…so long as they remain in power, and the public do not become too unruly   …and the project remains profitable…

 

  1. Will the ‘newly concocted’ BC government be able to de-rail this ill-conceived ,much disliked export scheme…?
  2. Southern BC communities have already expressed ‘their concern’ about that inevitable tanker related diluted bitumen (dilbit) spill …in our coastal waters…as noted with recent BC election result…
  3. The courts have yet to be heard from…

 

  1. Lots of Alberta oil headed to  the US…but so far we do not know what ‘chunk of the profits’ President Trump will demand…potentially further shrinking the revenues for  the Alberta government , oil producers, and Kinder Morgan  !

 

  1. Yes Canadian want to see the VITAL revenues earned with our resource exports… …so let’s build a smarter pipeline that generates vital revenues…while minimizing the potential for dilbit spills in our busy waters…
  2. Build one ‘smarter ‘ pipeline system from Alberta to a location on the BC coast that offers ‘larger’ tankers  direct access to the open Pacific .. then eliminating any added tankers in our busy  VANCOUVER Harbour , the  International Salish sea…or the island bound Douglas Channel…

Carl Shalansky, P. Eng. (Retired)

Blog: https://redfern3359.wordpress.com/

(604) 986-4657

 

Everyone in BC ‘out of step’…so what else is new !

A media report tell us that our ‘Eastern lad ‘ …says the province’s NDP and Greens, who oppose the Trans Mountain Extension Project(TMEP) project, are “wrong” in their position. Reminds me of the WW 2  story where a mother claims that all the  marching soldiers were out of step…except for MY son…. !

… Let’s put aside all the rhetoric and deal with the  entire dilbit export project, and all of its ramifications …openly . Recently our   Minister of science told us.. …. “We need to be basing our decisions and policies on facts, on evidence and on SCIENCE …” …remains as our Government position…I assume ??

So what to do…let those thousands  of government scientists prepare a risk assessment  that identifies the marine routes that offer the least likelihood of a tanker spill incident on the entire BC coast…….

Yes, build ONE PIPELINE  that terminates at a location that gives open-ocean access for tankers to enter the Pacific… …and thus removing additional dilbit laden tankers from active , island-bound, waters such as Douglas Channel, Burrard Inlet…or the international Salish Sea waters…..our Washington State neighbours watch nervously….

 

Carl Shalansky, P. Eng. (Retired)

Blog: https://redfern3359.wordpress.com/

(604) 986-4657

 

 

 

 

DILEMMA SOLVED…

The PM told us that science would help government to decide…and communities must agree (give permission) for pipe-liner  plans ??

Our  government then decides  the exact opposite …no expert, independent, science…and no community ‘permission’ ?

 

Mr. PM , please fly the BC coast and let some of your stable of scientists show you the least risky tanker marine routing…to export Alberta bitumen…Recall your Minister’s (Kirsty Duncan) comment when announcing the plan to appoint a Chief Science Advisor…”This… is a historic moment… because science …is also the foundation of sound decision making within government.”… Our  PM could  act accordingly…or must we await the courts and the public’ response …??

Build one smarter pipeline to a port location near Port Simpson and send larger tankers to the open Pacific…thereby  lessening the probability of a dilbit spill from loaded tanker…in our busy harbour and island laden Salish Sea …

….before it’s too late !

Is TMEP risky…governments do not care ?

Recall that PM Trudeau said he’d ‘do the science’ before deciding…… however we’ve seen  no attempt to include  independent risk assessment science that supported the Trans Mountain Expansion Pipeline (TMEP)..?

The public remains concerned about the increased risk potential  from the 7 fold increase of dilbit laden tankers in Burrard Inlet and the island-bound international Salish Sea…

 

“TMEP submits that …..there are no environmental or social impacts that cannot be mitigated,”   …..while our Washington State neighbours risk study concluded…..” there is no guarantee that risk increases due to traffic increases can be fully mitigated”(our NEB did not review this Washington report ??)

 

The BC public deserved to be told where the less risky routes were located…our government instead went with the TMEP risk study, unchallenged  !

Canada requires the revenue generated from raw material export…desperately ! So ,do export…!

Build  a ‘community acceptable’ plan ,as PM Trudeau  rightly counselled !…

Why not just one pipeline ,that terminates at a location that allows larger tankers direct access to the Pacific ,say near Port Simpson..…and does not require dilbit laden tankers to travel our busy, environmentally sensitive waters  … !

DO THE SCIENCE—THEN DECIDE …

http://www.nsnews.com/news/traffic-kinder-morgan-pipeline-are-key-issues-in-north-vancouver-seymour-1.17311783

 

Liberal (BC) incumbent Jane Thornthwaite  … tells North Shore News (April 27,2017)…. feels satisfied the risk of Trans Mountain Expansion Pipeline (TMEP)… is ‘low’….and  benefits … ‘worthwhile’ …Ask southern BC community leaders !   Christy Clark’ government  was given a billion dollars ,the BC ‘fair shair ‘ , by Trans Mountain Expansion Pipeline … to deal when environmental issues ,etc…possibly ,to handle dilbit spill with the yet unproven dilbit containment and recovery contraption !. …!!

 

 

The proposed  7 fold increase of dilbit laden tankers in our busy  waters ,borders on the insane…! Let   Prime Minister  use the promised independent science …and assign tankers to scientifically proven , lower risk waters…!

Yes, build one smart pipeline from Alberta to a tanker loading terminal where  larger  tankers can enter the open Pacific through lower risk waters..…likely near Port Simpson ?

The southern BC waters are already burdened with many tankers…serving BC and Washington State customers…The suggestion that these newly proposed dilbit laden tankers should be assigned to sail in these already busy  waters…let our northern BC cousins share some of the ‘tanker pain’…seems fair !

 

Carl Shalansky, P. Eng. (Retired)

Blog: https://redfern3359.wordpress.com/

(604) 986-4657