Thank you Erik Heinrich and MACLEANS…finally someone has gathered all the pertinent issues and clearly stated the Prime Minister’s chosen ill-conceived diluted bitumen(dilbit) export scheme. Thank you, thank you !The Kinder Morgan export scheme (Trans Mountain Expansion Pipeline,(TMEP) plan was never subjected to an independent expert risk assessment study comparison, strangely. The southern BC residents have put up a good fight so far…but as ‘father Pierre’ once said….when asked what he planned to do…he said ‘just watch me’ !
The simple truth is that there are many thousands of miles of existing pipelines which function reasonably well…there are likely at least 3 pipelines/conduits in your street, each capable of causing considerable damage if they are damaged…for whatever reason….and we do not lie awake worrying about such a damaging event…And ‘no’, there is no plan to shut down any pipeline because one pipe might be damaged ,somewhere, sometime… Unless we allow our politicians to be sold a goofy pipeline scheme such the Trans Mountain Expansion Pipeline (TMEP)scheme, as designed by the Kinder Morgan bean counters.
Yes Justin Trudeau and Christy Clark were playing a pipelines game, always with the next election in mind .Christy Clark lost, Stephen Harper was hurt by his stubborn palling up with the oil patch, Justin is playing chicken as he gambles that the Eastern vote will save his government as he chose to sacrifice a few western seats for the several dozens of seats in the East metropolises ! The Energy East pipeline should have been a slam dunk…more good paying jobs, while curtailing foreign oil imports. An absolutely outrageous ,obviously politically driven BAD decision.
Justin Trudeau once offered to mediate the western pipeline saga. Maybe he should stay home and we’ll happily ‘watch him’ as he mediates the pipeline issue to a common sense conclusion…instead of him travelling the globe to gather more selfies…Our government has a stable of scientists now complemented with the addition of the new Chief Science Officer that could competently direct the preparation of an independent risk assessment to identify the least risky tanker routes on the BC coast…surely not through busy Vancouver Harbour or the island bound international Salish Sea…
To not build Energy East is folly, the least-risk tanker routed BC coastal outlet to Asia is a must, the Keystone XL,we or must still wait the final word from President Trump.…but let’s get on with the doable NOW ! I guess that there are at least two Canadian ‘pipeliners’ who would jump at the chance to build a smarter, much less risky pipeline/shipping infrastructure system !
Erik Heinrich hit the nail on the head when he suggested that there is not enough money allocated for dealing with effectively a major tanker spill…”THE ENVIRONMENT WILL PAY”…Imagine a diluted bitumen (dilbit) laden tanker hung up on reef, spilling dilbit profusely, at night during a winter storm, while the spill handling crews scramble to the scene…with the still unproven “world class” cleanup contraptions on board !
Carl Shalansky, P. Eng. (Retired)