Canada ‘s high standard of living is based primarily on it’s abundant natural resources …and for many decades,transporting of the oil and gas resources falls to the millions of miles of pipelines !
Our main concerns are about the bitumen ROUTING on LAND and on our COASTAL WATERS !—Our LEADERS and INDUSTRY have done squat to convince us that they know how best to control/contain bitumen.spills in the typical,open BC Coastal waters and environmentally sensitive areas. . Therefore the PEASANTS must take the lead— and use their remaining democratic powers,be it during elections,plebiscites, or the courts.
Because of the ongoing Middle East oil/political problems—we may now get further pressure to build . OK—but let’s build SMARTLY by addressing the main public issues NOW/QUICKLY !
Combine BOTH bitumen (Northern Gateway and Kinder Morgan) pipeline systems to terminate at new loading terminals at Port Simpson vicinity (this location provides wide open access to the Pacific and world markets) and REMOVES the majority of bitumen spill concerns…
Benefits—no more threats of bitumen spills in Douglas Channel or adjoining waters–and ELIMINATES the multi-fold increased numbers of bitumen laden tankers from all of southern BC waters.
“The world wants bitumen—Alberta has lots –
Here’s a plan ; sell bitumen through the ONE west coast terminal,say at Port Simpson ,or vicinity.. Imagine a ‘common sense’ joint venture of two bitumen pipeline schemes( Enbridge,Kinder Morgan,(KM))—simple and makes sense—and likely a much more acceptable proposal that the BC public could support ….at the polls—- ??
These , ill-conceived ,maddening bitumen shipping proposals ,creates the basis of almost ALL the BC public’ concerns about BITUMEN spills in our shared COASTAL Waters.. –with one smart political/business/strategic decision…these oil producers and wannabe pipe liners could serve world markets,the west coast U.S. refineries..and maybe more bitumen now to China—given Obama’ dithering about Keystone XL ??….all resulting in benefits/revenues from exports—sooner.
Voila ! This alternate joint venture plan would address most major concerns ,and minimize the probability of bitumen spills and the resultant nasty consequences !
1. Minimizes bitumen ocean traffic in southern BC (Burrard Inlet,Gulf Islands busy passes;Boundary Pass,Haro Strait,etc.),Salish Sea,Vancouver Island shores,…and U.S. shores.
2.Removes BITUMEN tanker traffic from Douglas Channel ,Hecate Strait,etc.
Enough dithering—just ; modify Northern Gateway dumb scheme ;cancel KM maddening twinning proposal ;Canada can make decision quickly if it chooses to ,so GET ON WITH IT leaders—LEAD !
Or do we need to await the next super NEB hearing…the National Election Ballot ?
..your move leaders !