Local leaders see ‘deficiencies’ in the public hearings process.. ..
It’s time for BC leaders and the public ,ALL TOGETHER, to make it clear to Mr. Harper ,that these pipeline proposals ,are unacceptable ! T
he 209 NEB and the 5 BC conditions may be resolved by ‘experts’,without public input…..Then we’ll end up with two pipelines—each , still , in the wrong place..!!
Alternatively , BC could approve a ‘common sense’ combined pipeline, while minimizing the threat of ocean bitumen spills and adversely affecting BC’ multi billion dollar tourist/fishing industries ,which are much related to the environmentally sensitive waters of the Salish Sea and the island-bound Douglas Channel !!
We see no independent ,’WORLD CLASS’ , scientific studies to demonstrate that bitumen ocean spills can be contained and/or recovered in typical ocean conditions ! Also , independent ,scientific studies have shown that the proposed increase in oil tanker and other shipping traffic does increase the risk of bitumen ocean spills. The NEB did NOT HEAR these readily available reports..
Mr.Harper CAN approve any pipeline, he ‘fancies’,in the National Interest ! –—that’s his job !!
There is a relatively easy way to bring the Alberta bitumen to the export market—without unduly putting at risk the BC’ busy ,environmentally sensitive waters…………
Build an Enbridge/Kinder Morgan , combined pipelines system from Alberta to Port Simpson which provides open ocean access to world markets while ELIMINATING ADDITIONAL BITUMEN TANKER TRAFFIC through southern Salish Sea and Douglas Channel waters