NEB Hearings–What went right ?

..not much !

Our BC bitumen pipeline and shipping projects included many areas of PUBLIC INTEREST that did NOT receive full scrutiny during recent Enbridge Northern Gateway NEB Hearings..COMPLEX ISSUES such as; ocean tanker routes ,bitumen spill clean up technology,insurance in case of disastrous bitumen spills; were given less than thorough NEB analysis …
For instance;the Douglas Channel,and now the Burrard Inlet and the Gulf islands routes are strongly opposed .. ?
The NEB format must be setup to include ALL issues that form part of the PROJECT !
Therefore , the NEB must invite/contract for world class expertise before preparing a recommendation for Cabinet review .. the invited interveners, typically, are in no position financially, or sufficiently knowledge able , to challenge the proponent’s ‘chosen’ expert’ opinions..
What happens;
1.Proponents and their experts will offer their version..
2.Our government experts need to appear to SUPPORT the NEB when searching for the best result..in dealing with marine matters,terminals, ocean related operations and insurance matters, spill containment and recovery procedures,etc..
3.International experts—we need to see the NEB ,in the public interest, contract for the best international experts ,to ensure that the public is being offered a ‘world class’ project..we needed to see international experts help us to decide about the wisdom of the proponent ‘chosen’ ocean routes for the bitumen laden tankers..we did not see this openly debated..and therefore remain doubtful of the NEB recommendation.
Instead we see a ‘non-decision’ with 209 conditions,for Enbridge to deal with—somehow– but with no public input !!
Yet there is a fairly simple way to deal with most of these issues..no one, however,seems to be interested..??? see blog..’Happy Lotus Landers ‘

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