It seems that we’ve heard of this idea by others,many times,before .See some ‘kernels’ form the Bloomberg article below…will this cause Harper to instruct a delay ..we hope so …
Now ,the challenge is to get Kinder Morgan on the same page and forget the silly Kinder Morgan twinning scheme(chap 2)
Thanks to the Bloomberg writers for getting the ball rolling ; now let’s finish the job –when can see chapter two…know what I mean ??…Carl
‘The marine route into Prince Rupert, 60 kilometers south of the Alaska border, is 30 percent shorter than to Kitimat, according to figures compiled by Bloomberg based on a consultant’s study prepared for the Prince Rupert Port Authority. More importantly, the shipping lanes from the Pacific Ocean into Prince Rupert have no narrow sections and present no significant hazards, the port authority’s website says. “
“Although Enbridge clearly prefers a Kitimat end point, Pat Daniel, Monaco’s predecessor as CEO, disclosed on a February 2012 conference call that the company had re-examined using a different route into Prince Rupert that would avoid the Skeena River. Kitimat was still considered the best choice from an engineering and environmental perspective, he said. “
“While a reroute to Prince Rupert might spare Enbridge the fierce Gateway opposition around Kitimat, it would also open the door to new foes.”
“To contact the reporters on this story: Rebecca Penty in Calgary at email@example.com; Jeremy van Loon in Calgary at firstname.lastname@example.org “
“It is unclear if a route change would trigger a fresh regulatory review. Enbridge can ask to change Gateway’s proposed path with a so-called variance, without having to submit a new project application, said Sarah Kiley, a spokeswoman for the National Energy Board. The board would have to evaluate whether a reroute to Prince Rupert would qualify or require a fresh review, in the event the company makes the request, she said. “
….my yesterday blog below–and many others written trying to sell the idea of moving BOTH pipelines to an areas north of Prince Rupert…thanks Carl
A lucrative opportunity exists to market Alberta bitumen ,through B.C., to ‘world markets’ .
Mr. Harper has signalled that THE proposed PIPELINES are in the National interest ..this might be considered …if war was imminent….?
These behemoth ,bitumen laden, tankers should NOT be permitted in our busy,narrow,island bound channels,many busy harbours and passes,and threatening Canadian and U.S. environmentally sensitive shores !—
A near perfect solution exists ; let NEB recommend , to Cabinet’ , a route that addresses B.C.’ MAJOR CONCERNS…AND instructs KM and Enbridge to combine their pipelines and terminate at a location near Port Simpson—which gives relatively OPEN ACCESS to the Pacific ..
Harper’s folks claim to have a ‘world class’ bitumen containment and recovery system in hand-–hopefully backed with peer supported science;after successfully ‘field tested ‘ experiments, in typical ocean conditions !
Meanwhile ,until scientific study PROVES otherwise ,build the pipelines where COMMON SENSE DICTATES..thus leaving our multi-billion dollar tourist organizations ,much less threatened.
As you’ve guessed,it’s about the money,stupid !