Our National Energy Board did not satisfactorily address to the public concern about the associated increased risk potential for a 7 fold increase of dilbit laden tankers in our busy, waters .Our PM told us “We need to be basing our decisions and policies on facts, on evidence and on SCIENCE !…but no independent scientific risk assessment study exists !! Meanwhile our ‘uninformed’ ,Government approved the TMEP !!
The BC government did have a study prepared for them…“WEST COAST SPILL RESPONSE STUDY,(by Nuka Research), VOLUME 2: “Purpose……the BC government has a strong interest in understanding the risks associated…with increased shipping… ” ..with FOOT NOTE 1. “This is NOT a ‘risk assessment’??”… “ this report COULD BE USED TO SUPPORT FUTURE COMPREHENSIVE RISK ASSESSMENTS”….OK let’s do that ….the future is now !
An ‘independent’ ,comprehensive U.S. risk study exists……consider collaboration with Canadian governments…with this same (US) George Washington University study group and ,together ,
produce a risk assessment for our shared Salish Sea waters…should be able to offer another scientific opinion …and then decide if a safer route should be sought…king together makes sense…since we would be collaborating shouils a a spill incident happen in our shared Sea,
about the ‘soundness’ of the TMEP planned marine routing for dilbit laden tankers ….!
Our government has a stable of scientists which our PM has recognized…and has now decided to ‘strengthen’ with a new Chief Science Advisor…Assign these scientists to produce a risk assessment for the BC coast…and identify the least risk tanker marine routes…before it’s too late !