The B.C. public’ anti-pipeline stance,and resultant delays,may have been fortuitous.We’re now left with an OPPORTUNITY to build a publically acceptable pipeline system…and gain the export revenues so vital to our ‘sputtering’ economy !
The proposed two pipeline proposals (Enbridge,Kinder Morgan ),resulted in much public concern about potential marine bitumen spills which could seriously impact our multibillion dollar ,environmentally related tourist businesses …
A simple,doable ,common sense plan, would be to combine the two pipelines systems from Alberta ,to terminate at Port Simpson,which offers relatively wide open access to world markets…and ELIMINATES ADDED BITUMEN TRAFFIC IN BURRARD INLET, THE SALISH SEA AND DOUGLAS CHANNEL…
Energy East are proposing to transport about TWO million barrels of oil ,through ONE existing and extended pipeline system to the East .Much of the oil to be refined in Eastern refineries ,creating many good paying refinery jobs.. .so why do WE need two pipelines ,in BC ,to transport about half as much oil. ..we don’t !??
We now know that First Nations MUST be part of the solution…and if ‘called’ they can play a significant part in helping to ‘care for ’ these pipelines as they traverse lands and waters that they care for,respect and love…!
Not much chatter about a refinery these days –and all those good paying jobs…now might be the time for action ?