The BC public , intuitively, fear that the planned significant,increase in bitumen tanker traffic IN OUR BUSY WATERS , will result in that inevitable, bitumen spill ,and cause great damage to our MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR tourist businesses.
..NO ONE has convinced them that their fears are unfounded !
We wait ,skeptically,for Mr. Harper’s ‘world class’ bitumen containment and recovery system for ocean bitumen spills …!
In the meantime, we must find a publically acceptable method of shipping bitumen to world markets.
Canada relies heavily on resources exports to support our standard of living.
So now what ; select the best ,though imperfect, solution. There is an doable option !
First, minimize the potential/consequences for ocean bitumen spill incidents..by locating ‘shipping’ where there is a significant ,statistically reduced chance of a spill incident..not in BURRARD INLET,not the SALISH SEA ,not DOUGLAS CHANNEL ! Instead combine the Enbridge and Kinder Morgan operations and build a pipelines system,possibly in a pipelines corridor , from Alberta to a relatively remote sea terminal location .Port Simpson or vicinity..which provides wide open ocean access to world markets..