Double hulls…pilots…tethering tugs,surveillance,..etc.. should help to better control tankers….true. Recent headlines show that the , more uncontrollable ‘ instrument’, PEOPLE, remain to create a problem–because of inadequate training, personal stress, ‘medical’ monitoring, being distracted ,over/under medicated, political/religious fanaticism, etc. !
WHY have we not seen an INDEPENDENT ,’world class’ , ’RISK’ analysis… that should help the decision makers to ‘order’ a route that offers the least likely probability of a bitumen laden shipping spill in our most environmentally sensitive,economically lucrative waters ..namely Douglas Channel, Salish Sea, Burrard Inlet.. ?
Pipelines and tankers are here for a long while… and someone must decide how and WHERE, best, to utilize these vital transport methods..
Sorry ,Mr. Harper, but your promise promise of of a ‘world class’ bitumen containment and recovery system is seen as so much political hokum….but common sense and science should help us to build a more publically acceptable, least risk, bitumen transport system—