The Enbridge BC/Alberta bitumen export proposal came on the heels of the unfortunate July 2010,Kalamazoo River tributary , diluted bitumen pipeline failure …
The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), referred to Enbridge management of the clean-up/recovery efforts .. akin to the ‘KEYSTONE KOPS” ! Understandably , the BC public did not want ‘this bunch’ operating in our backyard !
Later, Kinder Morgan proposed to 7-fold increase of bitumen tankers ,in our busy Vancouver harbour…another unwelcome bunch !
Sadly, our local leaders were unable to grapple with the critical issue…diluted bitumen shipping .
Had Lower Mainland governments, pooled their resources and sought international,independent experts to produce schollarly, scientifically studied , risk assessments , the NEB would have been better able to advise the government about more publically acceptable bitumen transport options..
Senior government elected officials have access to skilled staff and departmental funds to carry out studies of public significance..OR were these newly elected Ministers/Members not comfortable with producing ‘any science’ that directly ‘opposed’ their Leader’s ,’already- decided’ positions !?
Methinks,yes ! Thus, we dither on .