….. BECAUSE the Harper/Prentice oil pals would not listen to BC concerns !
The bitumen industry should have dealt with the bitumen spill containment/recovery issue decades ago….as did the the LNG industry ,when dealing with their early concern about spills,etc.
An interim ,common sense solution ,for Alberta/Canada bitumen export needs ,would be is to minimize the transport of bitumen in those areas of concern and build ONE COMBINED(Enbridge-Kinder Morgan) PIPELINES system from Alberta to Port Simpson which offers open ocean access to world markets….thus avoiding most ‘areas of concern’ !
Mr. Harper can declare these pipelines ,as proposed, in the ‘National Interest ‘ ….but without the promised ‘world class’ ,scientifically proven ,bitumen spill handling system ,as demonstrated in REAL OCEAN conditions ,..such a move could be politically disastrous ..!
BC public and First Nations,will not accept pipelines or ocean tankers unnecessarily traversing our busier ,most environmentally sensitive areas!
….possibly a ‘new bunch’ in Ottawa may listen ??.