Apparently the Burnaby mayor would prefer to stop the $5.4-billion Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion !
Right on Mr. Mayor !—and now please tell Kinder Morgan(Trans Mountain) and Harper’s other oil pals..’where to go’ ! Their pipeline,as proposed ,is in the wrong place and comes at the wrong time..Recall when ,not long, ago Mr. Harper counselled that we should use SCIENCE..not POLITICS ..to help us decide We still see no proven science to help us DECIDE if anyone knows a fig about bitumen spill clean-up in typical ocean conditions ; you know,at night,at tide change,during a howling gale,while hung up on a reef or with container monster ship stuck into the bitumen tankers side..Typically,that’s when ‘stuff’ happens !
Following are my thoughts ;
If Mr. Harper decides to USE THE HEAVY HAND OF GOVERNMENT and declare the Enbridge and Kinder Morgan pipelines to be ‘in the NATIONAL INTEREST’, such action will be seen as a ’POLITICAL’ decision …that ignored the B.C. public interest !!
The land and water routing proposals appear to have been dictated by the bean counters,with no consideration of the BC public’ concerns !—
Any significant ocean bitumen spill could needlessly threaten the B.C. , high employment,well established, multibillion dollar revenue generators for governments AND associated tourist businesses, ( including the sports and commercial fisheries ,general tourist travel trade and other environmentally associated businesses..).
There is a common sense way to ‘rework’ these pipelines to deliver Alberta bitumen to world markets relatively quickly !
Mr. Harper to order NEB to instruct Enbridge and Kinder Morgan to CHANGE and SIMPLIFY the route ,and to jointly build and and operate a pipeline system (possibly in a pipeline common corridor)from Alberta to Port Simpson in order to MINIMIZE the probability of ocean bitumen spills in Douglas Channel and vicinity ,Burrard Inlet and all southern BC and nearby Washington State waters and shores !!
Simple as that !
Carl Shalansky,(P.Eng.,retired) https://redfern3359.wordpress.com