Government will approve infrastructure ,IN THE NATIONAL INTEREST ;for export of natural resources and trade…thus we have highways,airports,harbours,utility corridors,etc….and national pipelines ,
BC can offer a reasonable export ‘path’ for Alberta’s bitumen export by restricting bitumen tankers to ,less congested,more ‘open waters’ !
We wait for the Harper’ ‘world class’ bitumen containment and recovery miracle’ !
In the meantime we must stop dithering and get this bitumen to world markets ;
There CAN BE no perfect PIPELINE PLAN ,however here’s a common sense plan—build ONE (combined)BITUMEN PIPELINE SYSTEM from ALBERTA to PORT SIMPSON to ship to world markets… !
Kinder Morgan’ recent suggestion that they intend to keep their emergency plans secret.. makes NO SENSE..
….some recent incident reports gives the public reason to believe that keeping secret their emergency plans sounds kind of goofy !
Some examples ;
- Burnaby, Inlet Drive http://www.tsb.gc.ca/eng/rapports-reports/pipeline/2007/p07h0040/p07h0040.asp …..after the pipeline was first damaged…
“The initial decision ……was not in conformity with (company) standard emergency shut-down procedures.”
- Kalamazoo,Michigan ! https://app.ntsb.gov/investigations/summary/PAR1201.html
“…. made possible by pervasive organizational failures at Enbridge……….: Inadequate training of control center personnel,………… “
Emergency plans are required(for that inevitable emergency) and must be discussed and amalgamated with community emergency organizations ..
Carl Shalansky,(P.Eng.,retired) https://redfern3359.wordpress.com