Lisa Raitt said. “Everything that Justin Trudeau touches becomes a nightmare…”…… For instance, why forego the opportunity to utilize Canadian oil ,by  causing cancelation of the Energy East project….. ‘A business decision…’ says PM Trudeau … More likely  ‘pre-election jitters’ !!

Based on the PM ’curious ‘ decisions to date, Canadians may wonder, what decision aids he utilizes …could it be the Ouiga Board, or  séances with Liberals of yore  Much CO2 is produced by  the automobiles manufactured in Liberal rich voter regions….  So ‘I’ must shut down this ‘bad’ industry ….in the name of Climate Change.



Trans Mountain Expansion Pipeline (TMEP)  dilemma  !

1.Our PM  says ”governments issue permits, but ONLY communities give permission”…should we believe this ?  Minister of Science   tells us that  “We need to be basing our decisions  on SCIENCE”…  !

2..  Imagine the joy in Kinder Morgan headquarters…when wannabe prime minster Justin Trudeau told the media that he ‘preferred’ the Trans Mountain Expansion Pipeline(TMEP) project !

  1. “the Federal government is (starting) spending $80 million on oil spill research”(recent Vancouver Sun news)……in search of a proven method to clean up spilled bitumen ??
  2. Canada’s Senate  Pipeline Study made recommendations… on “how the government can restore legitimacy to the pipeline approval process. “Should be interesting ?
  3. Risk assessment ,just more statistics…a waste of time some will say…. Not so fast…I’d guess that Alberta government is ‘spending’ plenty to control/reduce future flood damage in southern Alberta—and risk assessments by the best scientists in the business are working now to reduce future damage… …Maybe  the new Chief Science Officer, with help from recognized risk assessment experts could study Alberta flood and BC tanker dilbit routing/leak scenarios –before it’s too late !

6.Let our PM keep his word and mediate the dilbit export plan to ensure that risk is minimized ,starting now !

Carl Shalansky, P. Eng. (Retired)


(604) 986-4657




From: Michael Priaro []
Sent: December 17, 2017 10:52 AM
To: ‘’


The Hon. David Eby, Q.C.,

Attorney General, B.C.

MLA, Vancouver – Point Grey





Dear Mr. Eby,


On January 10, 2017 the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office (BC EAO) issued an environmental assessment certificate for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

The certificate is subject to 37 conditions in areas of provincial jurisdiction. This certificate is in addition to the federal NEB’s 157 conditions. The 37 conditions respond to concerns raised by communities and Aboriginal groups during consultation and to key areas of provincial interest and jurisdiction.

A new B.C. government was elected on May 27, 2017. It has a responsibility to the citizens who elected it and to the all the citizens of British Columbia to:

  1.       Review the background and qualifications of the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office to determine if there was potential bias and to make new appointments and changes as necessary in order to conduct an objective Environmental Assessment in the best interests of the residents, the environment, the ecology, and the economy of the Lower Mainland and Islands.
  2.      Review whether existing conditions accepting submission of certain reports after construction starts make sense or if those reports must be submitted before construction starts.
  3.      Conduct a full maritime risk assessment that includes: a), a proper risk analysis of tanker collision with bridges and other harbour and coastal infrastructure; b), a proper risk analysis of ship-to-ship collisions; c),  a proper analysis of the risks of, and damages from, an oil spill; d), analysis of the operational capability in response to an oil spill; e), the environmental, social, and operational clean-up costs of an oil spill; f), the adequacy of international, domestic, and private insurance funds to cover the potential clean-up costs and damages from any oil spill.
  4.      Evaluate whether there is a significantly better alternative (there is) for oil pipeline access to west coast tide-water.

No construction ought to be permitted to start or to continue on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion until all of the above responsibilities are discharged to the satisfaction of the people and government of B.C.


Mike Priaro, P.Eng.


919 Canaveral Cres SW

Calgary AB T2W 1N3




“…nothing brings a community together like having something to disagree on” says Nicholas Wong


  • This ‘disagreement’ has gone on for too long…a ‘SOLUTION’ would be to allow dilbit laden tankers to travel the least risky route on our coast, not Port of Vancouver or the Salish Sea…… then  into open Pacific waters…


  • Canada exists, as we know it ,because of  its exports !


  • the Prime Minister  counselled that ..”governments issue permits…but ONLY communities give permission .Good counsel !More government sound counsel , “We need to be basing our decisions and policies on facts, on evidence and on SCIENCE ,said the Science  Minister when announcing a  Government plan to appoint a Science Officer !


  • OK Mr. PM ,instruct  our scientists to produce an independent  marine route ‘risk assessment’ to locate the  least risky  routes on the BC coast  .and export even more bitumen !


  • …and then follow up with your offer “for Ottawa …to mediate this pipeline” issue…”


  • only the PM  can make this happen !



PM Trudeau said    “…governments issue permits…but ONLY communities give permission..”   Burnaby was listening  …In the meantime our Chief Science Officer ,after an independent risk analysis, could direct Kinder Morgan  to  a new terminal location where   tankers would have immediate access to the open Pacific ,in the national interest. Thus minimizing the  risk of contaminating our marine environment. Let Premiers Horgan and Notley ask PM to mediate…as he once offered to do !



Almost everything…

  1. The shipping terminal (Burnaby) too risky… better locations apparent.
  2. Our  Prime Minister preferred TMEP…without ever  seeking  an independent risk assessment…unforgiveable !
  3. The proposed  tanker routes never  ‘permitted by any southern BC communities’
  4. There is no proven ,’world class’, method to clean up that inevitable diluted bitumen(dilbit) tanker spill.
  5. Any spill containment, recovery will be only partially successful
  6. The NEB hearing process was too restricted and minimized open public debate ,or questioning of proponent’s experts
  7. The Prime Minister’s own counsel ….”governments issue permits, but ONLY communities give permission”…was ignored !
  8. BC established ,multibillion dollar annual, job creating ,environmentally related visitor industries ,could  be damaged , needlessly.
  9. The Prime Minister offered to ‘mediate’ the pipeline issue in BC…maybe he should stay home for a while and get on with mediating ..10.
  10. .An independent expert risk assessment could be directed by the new Chief Science Officer… so  do that —before it’s too late !

Carl Shalansky, P. Eng. (Retired)


(604) 986-4657



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)


(604) 986-4657

North Vancouver,BC


“The Squamish Nation says it was not given adequate information about the safety risks…associated with Kinder Morgan’s … expansion project.” Ask the newly appointed  government Chief Science Officer(CSO) to direct preparation of an independent risk assessment to locate the ’least risk’ tanker routes !  If the NEB had such an independent  report in hand  they could have  chosen more ‘communities’ permissible’ routes ! …

Best way to save our multibillion dollar annual ,job intensive visitor industry revenues, is to remove those added  tankers from the busy  BC waters !

When the Eastern 120 ridings  squawk a bit  the Liberal government hears …When those 29 western ridings(BC17,Alb 4,Sask/Man 8), ask for action…nothing happens ,yet !


“No Plan B for Liberals on pipelines

Energy East died Thursday after Ottawa expanded its regulatory review to include climate change impacts of the whole upstream and downstream oil industry”


Here’s a Plan B…since our Federal government saw fit to kill  Energy East…why not also shut down the goofier , much disliked, Trans Mountain Expansion Pipeline(TMEP) as proposed. Call for an independent scientific risk assessment study of the BC coast and find the least risky tanker routes….where larger tankers would not sail ,at less risk, in BC environmentally sensitive waters…and give tankers direct access to the open  Pacific. Set up the invitation for export bids to ensure that only competent pipe-liners could apply…and may ‘the best proposal win’ ! This gives the pipe liners an opportunity to recoup some of the costs incurred with their earlier failed bids. Seems fair ? Expect Enbridge, Kinder Morgen and Trans Canada to come up with ,more community acceptable export proposals.



OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS….for Alberta and Canada..

The astute candidate, Justin Trudeau ,  told media that he PREFERRED the Trans Mountain Expansion Pipeline (TMEP)…and hopefully  gain Liberal seats  in Alberta !!

Not long after, the now PM  Trudeau had  many  pipelines to ponder…, KXL, NGP, Line 3,TMEP ,Energy East…

To most ,the Energy East looked like the clear winner for Canada,planning to use of much of an old pipeline ,displace foreign oil with Canadian oil, , create lots of good paying refinery .etc. ….

But wait ,  ‘the survival instinct ‘ rules ! The East baulks ! Predictably, the  Liberals bail out  ! Too many seats at risk !

However, opportunity knocks . Ask Government’s new  Chief Science Officer (CSO) to  direct preparation of an independent ,expert. risk assessment of potential  tanker routes ,to aid the NEB in reviewing the BC coast pipeine/tanker dilbit  export the National Interest. No independent science presented at NEB hearings !!

Think about a shipping terminal ,near Port Simpson .located at the end of a new pipeline from Alberta ,that could handle more product ,load larger tankers , less spill risk, more efficiently !

Let PM Trudeau follow upon on his offer to mediate this vital  project .