Thank goodness for our separation of powers government format. The courts were required to recognize the ‘flawed’ government approval of TMX
So what’s the ISSUE….when more tankers are permitted into the system, the likelihood of a tanker spill increases !
The Government Professional Engineers….are bound by a code of ethics …and ” hold paramount the safety …of the public…and environment
Recently, our Science Minister explained that “We need to be basing our decisions ……on facts…..and …. SCIENCE “!Was Government TMX decision “based on science”?
According to National Observer report …”British Columbia is not trying to stop the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, but it is attempting to PREVENT environmental damage and hold the corporation responsible for the cleanup of a spill, a lawyer argued Monday.” . Since day one ,communities that would potentially be impacted by a BITUMEN SPILL ,in southern BC screamed ‘NO WAY’ !
it’s worth noting that no one can PREVENT spills…, but the goal should be to make best effort to minimize the probability of a spill !
Society must accept new infrastructure realizing that incidents will happen…. aircraft fall from the sky…but we still fly. Not long ago a double hulled oil tanker was lost (sank)in the South China Sea taking 32 lives lost…this weekend a freighter was damaged/lost off the coast of France . This Sunday ,2 ships bumped together in Vancouver Harbour…with little damage resulting .Stuff happens !
“Trans Mountain(Kinder Morgan) submits that ….there are no impacts….that cannot be mitigated ” !
This independent ,U.S. EPA study CONCLUDED “…simply…there is no guarantee that RISK increases ….. can be fully mitigated.”
http://www.seas.gwu.edu/~dorpjr/VTRA/PSP/FINAL%20REPORT/PSP%20FINAL%20REPORT%20-%20%20DRAFT%20021914%20-%20EXECUTIVE%20SUMMARY.pdf (page 157)
BC Premier says “we’re going to put in place a scientific panel to look at the potential consequences of a catastrophic (bitumen) spill….
We need a publically debated ,least risk, new route plan .
Yes, build one pipeline to a BC shipping terminal location that allows larger dilbit laden tankers immediate access to the Pacific , to carry oodles more dilbit to market !
As everyone continues to dither we face the oil/pipeline industry product price gouging… …who will offer us better plan …food for thought politicians, come October ?