This news story asks …”whether the federal Harper government has the final authority”…Harper may have the ‘authority TODAY—but after Oct, 2015 –who will have the authority ??
Kinder Morgan ,WITHOUT ASKING, applied their typical bullying tactics,decided that significantly increasing bitumen traffic in our busy waters ,would be OK for Southern BC citizens !!
This southern BC ocean and islands geography is the cornerstone of our tourist economy and results in multibillion dollar annual taxes, jobs, and income for many local businesses..
Ocean bitumen spills are the main concern AND UNTIL there is a INDEPENDENTLY DEVELOPED, SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN containment and recovery method developed and field demonstrated , IN TYPICAL OCEAN CONDITIONS, the pipelines schemes .as proposed ,are publically UNACCEPTABLE !
Enbridge was equally dumb when they chose the environmentally sensitive Douglas Channel shipping route !
It’s time for ‘Plan B’—build ONE JOINTLY OPERATED PIPELINE, from Alberta to Port Simpson..in a common corridor ..The Port Simpson location should minimize the probability of ocean bitumen spills .
Government,community,and corporate negotiators need to JOINTLY start putting a new plan together now .
…and get the Alberta bitumen moving to world markets ! !