PIPE LINES ARE SAFE ..’MOST’ of the time!
Since the 2010 Kalamazoo Michigan incident ,Enbridge are still finding bitumen . Old pipelines CAN be upgraded .New pipe lines may include ;thicker pipe; continual flow monitoring ; avoidance of sensitive areas ,extra isolation valves; more surveillance ; support of local community activities,etc.,
However,because of inappropriate operating/inspection procedures, delayed maintenance,design deficiencies,and lack of stewardship by Boards ,pipelines can fail !
So—-pipelines don’t fail !
PEOPLE FAIL PIPELINES !
OIL TANKERS ARE SAFE –’MOST of the time !
We hear about double hulls,sophisticated navigation aids ,GPS, trained crews,accompanying and tethered tugs,—Then , enter the PEOPLE—who become distracted, or ? It’s happened throughout history—
So—-ships don’t sink !
PEOPLE SINK SHIPS !
‘MOST’ of the time ‘ is NOT GOOD ENOUGH! The public demand that there be an ‘absolute minimum’ of oil( bunker) spill incidents ; on land ,in rivers,wet lands,lakes and ocean passes ,narrow inlets and and bays.THIS WE CAN DO——can anyone imagine dumber location than Douglas Channel with it’s many connecting inlets for a BITUMEN shipping route ??—Now comes Kinder Morgan and their unbelievable scheme to increase ,by orders of magnitude , the bitumen laden tanker sailings and bitumen volumes in our busy Burrard Inlet—and the other critical passages through Haro Strait and Boundary Pass ??
The proposed Kinder Morgan twinning project is NOT required !
Here’s the alternate plan; Form a joint venture(Enbridge and KInder Morgan) and create ONE PIPELINE SYSTEM from Alberta to a shipping terminal just north of Prince Rupert –with access to world markets. And MINIMIZE THE PROBABILITY AND CONSEQUENCES OF BITUMEN SPILLS ,while retaining the benefits of export for Canadians!