Yes,the MAIN ISSUE of concern for the BC pu
blic is fear of that inevitable bunker oil ocean spill —-in our busy, environmentally sensitive waters, which generate billions in business revenue and taxes .!
Can we afford to continue our DITHERING .
Which respected ,independent research institutions has Mr. Harper, and his oil pals contracted ,in the Canadian public interest,to carry out an independent SCIENTIFIC study to demonstrate his ‘world class’ bitumen spill handling system –in REAL OCEAN CONDITIONS ?
Alberta needs to market it’s abundant bitumen and BC needs to offer a reasonable ‘path’ to help gain the revenues which Canadians rely upon to help maintain our standard of living ! Come on smart leaders—LEAD,Please !—
There’s one interim,ready made practical solution to get the bitumen to market.;..NOW —by minimizing the probability and consequences of an ocean bitumen spill. There is no perfect plan..but we can restrict bitumen tankers to routes in
more OPEN waters..
The doable plan—build ONE (combined) BITUMEN PIPELINE SYSTEM from ALBERTA to PORT SIMPSON (or similar open ocean access ) terminal location. to ship to world markets…simple as that !
Carl Shalansky,(P.Eng.,retired) https://redfern3359.wordpress.com
Pipe liners can rely on traditional bully tactics.. knowing that Mr. Harper ,in “the Canadian National Interest “,could ram the pipeline approvals through parliament..Recall when Al Monaco,Enbridge CEO and Jim Prentice,Alberta Premier, mused about moving out of Douglas Channel ..were they LISTENING to the public ?Each was ‘CORRECTED’ by Enbridge as they chose to stick with the dumb Kitimat location !! !!
The wannabe pipeliners ‘battle’ UNNECESSARILY with the public and First Nations …and dither ….WHILE their market shrinks…
Come on leaders,together—contact Mr. Harper and request him to order the pipe liners to change to a more publically acceptable ,bitumen pipelines scheme !! For instance, why not one common-sense ,open ocean, west coast terminal location,near Port Simpson…which offers open access to world markets.
Luckily, this COULD provide us with an opportunity to cancel the even dumber Kinder Morgan twinning scheme and bring ALL ALBERTA BITUMEN to that west coast terminal..through ONE COMBINED PIPELINES SYSTEM,possibly in a common pipelines corridor—and relieve the BUSY southern BC and Washington State waters FROM increased THREATS OF OCEAN BITUMEN SPILLS.
The time has come—for leaders to listen—and MAKE it happen !