EFFECTS:Bitumen production significantly reduced, economy threatened, an election issue,unhappy electorate, customers wait.
CAUSES; Dubious project planning , NEB rules too ‘pipe liner friendly’ …. BC public input restricted/ ignored , lack of leadership .
REASONS: Both pipelines,AS PROPOSED, would significantly increase volumes of bitumen tanker traffic in the island-bound Douglas Channel,and the busy Salish Sea passage ways.
‘Worst possible’ marine routes chosen …!!
No independent,scientifically tested and proven method to contain and recover a bitumen spill in TYPICAL OCEAN CONDITIONS.
Existing studies show a greater risk of bitumen spills when shipping traffic is increased … ….but NEB chose to not hear these reports.. !
DOABLE SOLUTION..Combine Enbridge and Kinder Morgan pipeline proposals and ship to world markets from an open sea terminal at Port Simpson ..thus minimizing threats to environment and our multi-billion dollar, tourist related business and tax revenues ..while giving the BC public a more acceptable method to get the Alberta bitumen to market !
Maybe Keystone XL, and a refinery ,could join the venture to create a mega ENERGY WEST plan –why not ??