Had Canada produced an independent risk assessment of this proposed Trans Mountain Expansion Pipeline (TMEP) ,the Canadian National Energy Board review process could have directed that a less risky marine route be chosen… …. In their blissful ignorance our governments can now ‘plan’ for these vital export revenues.
Washington State has produced a comprehensive risk assessment study about shipping in our shared Salish Sea ……Since corporations must protect the long term interests of their shareholders…one should expect an independent risk assessment of any major capital expenditures …to be in the Corporate interest !…Fortunately…such an ‘independent’ risk study exists…and with some updating…and possible collaboration with Canadian governments…this same George Washington University study group should be able to offer an expert opinion about the ‘soundness’ of the TMEP planned marine dilbit laden tanker routing ….! https://www.seas.gwu.edu/~dorpjr/VTRA/PSP/FINAL%20REPORT/PSP%20FINAL%20REPORT%20-%20DRAFT%20012214%20-%20HQ.pdf
In the public AND shareholder interest let the corporation do the due diligence that our Canadian governments failed to carry out !
Yes, with a smarter ,alternative route, there is an opportunity to export …more dilbit…at less cost…and at less risk ….! Think of a joint ,shared capital/operating cost venture
, single pipeline system …(possibly a combined KM /Enbridge Pipeline from Alberta to a terminal near Port Simpson BC …for loading of larger tankers….!
And forego an incident similar to a BC War in the Woods …or another the Sioux Standing Rock incident….?
Carl Shalansky; P. Eng. (Retired);
(604) 986-4657; North Vancouver,BC