A one Pipeline Plan…
Build ONE ‘combined’ Enbridge /Kinder Morgan dilbit pipeline from Alberta to a shipping terminal near Port Simpson ,BC .This would send tankers into wide open Pacific waters …NOT through the busy BURRARD INLET,THE SALISH SEA, DOUGLAS CHANNEL and the Great Bear Rainforest region…waters .. More importantly ,also, this pipeline plan would not adversely affect our environmentally-related ,mulita-billion dollar,established,, business and tax generating enterprises…
I see that Canadian tax payers must ‘cough-up’ 1.5 billion dollars for clean-up infrastructure along our coast .This is long over-due…and required to ‘fix ‘ consequences of damaged MARINE VESSELS ..…such as experienced at Bella Bella .
A smart politician could benefit .politically, from this ‘one larger pipeline’ plan…Certainly Premier Notley…Even Prime Minister Trudeau could benefit , as the BC public might finally see a pipeline decision , for which local communities might ‘grant permission’ !
The Canadian economy desperately requires the export revenue….so let’s get on with it !
Stephen Harper,promised to use science to help make the pipeline decision…We saw only one ULTIMATE decision…..when the angry public ‘tossed Mr. Harper ! The wary Justin Trudeau too, repeatedly promised to listen and use science to help make decisions…. .Instead PM Trudeau made ‘knee jerk’ announcements favouring the Kinder Morgan twinning project…and then effectively killed the Enbridge Northern Gateway proposal when he made the ’out of the blue’ decision to ban oil tankers from northern BC waters…WITHOUT showing the supporting science.
The media tells us that PM Trudeau is not so certain about those premature decisions ….BETTER LATE, THAN NEVER…! Alberta swims in oil,NL economy struggles,Canada’s oil sits while foreign oil supplies Canada’s Eastern refineries..
Those returnees from the Paris Climate gabfest…have forgotten about REALITY…common sense decisions are needed……Canadians are concerned and promising alternative energy solutions are underway…but for now the world cannot turn off the oil valves..and we must be realistic…Build common sense pipelines in locations that the public will agree to…but provide them with the science to show the ‘better’ alternative…
Build ONE pipeline to the East and one to the West…AND GET ON WITH IT..!
Enbridge and Kinder Morgan ,by now, must know that … SMARTER ,’ sincere’, early PUBLIC CONSULTATION and NEGOTIATIONS with the many who OBVIOUSLY would be concerned, may have seen pipelines much closer to the construction phase by now…and, could have shown a better economic outlook for Alberta—and Canada.
BUT, when the pipeliners, and government , decide to disregard BC public concerns,outright, we will resist. Now we will call on the ’ new bunch’ in Ottawa to ‘ counsel’ the oil patch to hear the public and not ignore/scoff at their concerns… Build pipelines that offer,statistically, minimum threat to our lands and waters. Douglas Channel,Burrard Inlet and the Salish Sea support some of our most important ,multi-billion dollar economic and environmental related businesses… !
BC knows about export and import infrastructure and deals with problems frequently…….and does not welcome these,unnecessarily risky , pipe line ‘schemes’ !
A Federally legislated ,rail industry, INSURANCE plan is proposed …. a ‘response’ to the Lac Mégantic rail tragedy..
While governments and rail industry chose to dither …many claimed that transport of oil products (in older rail tankers) is a risky plan.Railways jumped at the opportunity to increase revenue by transport of oil in existing rail cars –.
Insurance is one welcome component…but we need to see parallel , employee training material ,and design standards for rails and tankers !?
Sadly,insurance cannot ‘pay ‘for the Lac Megantic disaster—better to PREVENT oil related incidents ,where there are obvious public safety issues !
Two BC issues ;
1.Create a similar insurance plan (and equipment upgrading and employee training plans) for all ‘oil transport’ facilities—including railways,PIPELINES and TANKERS ,traversing our lands and waters .
2.’Adjust’ existing ,ill-conceived,BC pipeline proposals—to reduce the probability of an Exxon Valdes incident-–because we dithered !
That inevitable bitumen tanker spill ,suggests we should should not UNNECESSARILY INCREASE bitumen tanker traffic in our busy waters when there is a simple alternative pipelines plan !
Let the leaders LEAD or do they prefer to tally the cost of dithering ?!