Recall when our Senate recommended “government must … restore legitimacy to the pipeline approval process.”
Recently our government recognized that TMX review process was “flawed” and Government have now put together a much more “robust “ review/assessment process…clearly spelled out in Omnibus Bill C69. Recall when our PM told media that the new more robust assessment review process would be applied to the TMX ! This was not done…but now Canadians have an opportunity to apply these more rigorous assessment criteria…!
Saga after saga have developed as government struggled with the ill-conceived TMX pipeline to the extent that the proponent(Kinder Morgan) saw fit to walk away from their much publically challenged proposal ! Eventually Government panicked and bought out the Kinder Morgan project…for billions ! The original Government project review was flawed but the new Omnibus Bill assessment criteria would permit creation of a much less risky plan…particularly as it relates to the TMX greatly increased tanker traffic in busy, environmentally challenged southern BC waters !
The opportunity to correct this unfortunate TMX plan exists as now the Canadian public own TMX. Should the new owners, Canadians , demand that government “restore legitimacy “with a new study carried out with Government’s own Bill C 69 more robust assessment criteria !
Start NOW and build new safer, larger infrastructure with a new pipeline from Alberta to near Port Simpson where larger tankers could enter the open Pacific without wiggling their way through our busy Salish Sea waters and end up with much closer access to Asia markets.
Yes ,such a plan would require dilbit laden tankers to deliver to Washington ,etc. to US refineries…a reasonable compromise to serve existing customers while potentially gaining the intended Enbridge(PNG) Asia markets .
This concept serves Alberta desire to increase exports, jobs ,tax revenues ,etc. and BC’ desire to reduce potential tanker spill probability !
Carl Shalansky, P. Eng. (Retired)