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—