: BC public ‘skrewed’ at the gas pumps…while Alberta whines !
Let the BC Government lead by finding a suitable location for a new refinery … We did have 4 refineries in BC ,now just one ? How was this allowed to happen…meanwhile the Washington refineries EXPAND ,as Alberta sells them crude oil and BC public are “skrewed’’ at the gas pumps.
Not long ago ,the Appeals Court rejected the TMX project, the First Nations still do not agree, as do many Vancouver voters …leaving a new minority Federal Government to struggle while trying to keep this always goofy, flawed TMX plan alive.
Apparently, local pundit(Paul Sullivan) has been ‘sweet talked’ into accepting the idea of TMX(North Shore News,Dec. 6,2019)Yes , Mr. Sullivan ,TMX appears to make sense ….when the facts are ignored ;
Fact 1. Major infrastructure projects(like TMX at several $billion)typically are subjected to an independent risk assessment to protect interests of the investor and the environment. We Canadians ,the uninitiated investors ,now owners of the multibillion dollar TMX ,where completely ignored when this independent risk assessment was bypassed by Government .A timely independent risk assessment might have killed the TMX before any time wasting hearings process !
Fact 2. BC communities do not agree that a 7 fold increase of bitumen tankers should be permitted in our busy ,environmentally sensitive Salish Sea waters….
Fortuitously we are offered the (potential)opportunity to solve the BC/Alberta pipelines mess…see North Shore News item below…when our now Environment Minister , parliamentary secretary to then Minister Catherine McKenna….
“North Vancouver ,MP Jonathan Wilkinson…… held a press conference in Victoria ….. to unveil federal changes… the new ….assessment process … will be more inclusive …. “All of the science will be publicly available,” and will … no longer depend entirely on scientific data supplied by project proponents(TMX).. Ottawa will pay to bring in external scientific experts ….” This Bill C69 language makes sense…surely it’s time to listen and correct this bad TMX decision ?
FACT 3… RISK IS THE ISSUE ,SHOW US THE SCIENCE PLEASE;
http://www.burnabynow.com/news/kinder-morgan-s-final-argument-the-project-is-in-the-public-interest-1.2133616 ( December 15, 2015)
“Trans Mountain(Kinder Morgan) submits that ….there are no impacts….that cannot be mitigated ” !
Meanwhile there is an independent ,EPA funded report…that states the exact OPPOSITE… this
study (see link below)CONCLUDED “…simply…there is no guarantee that RISK increases ….. can be fully mitigated.” First issued 2010 and updated 2014
Surely our governments could have seen the opportunity to collaborate with the US study group to include vital BC shipping data and put environmental data in their hands to offer a worried BC public…that a (similar)scientific review will be offered to ensure that the TMX plan, makes good sense, ??as proposed !? Neither the Feds or BC governments cared ?
Remember (‘Steve’) ,Harper government (JULY 2015)announced ‘proposed BC ‘Think Tank’ ‘… to STUDY the ‘RISKS OF MARINE SHIPPING’ …where is this RISK STUDY Mr. Prime Minister ?
Our snowboarder PM might explain why HE decided that the KM proposal was OK….we taxpayers pay mightily to maintain stables of Professional Engineers ,research scientists etc. to provide counsel to Government…was our Government negligent to have bypassed this step…is impeachment in order ?
Yes, a pipeline and ocean tanker scheme may be in the public interest…but not this ill-conceived TMX proposal…that may unnecessarily threaten a key BC multi-billion dollar environmentally based tourist industry….
Don’t send bitumen laden tankers through our busy ,shared, Salish Sea .. …Let our , esteemed, scientists show our leaders and the BC public a less risky route plan…then decide.
Carl Shalansky , P. Eng.(retired)
3359 Redfern Place
North Vancouver, B.C, V7N 3W2