Recently,I sent an email to Mr. Wilkinson (local Liberal Party candidate) inquiring about the Liberal Party position ‘on the Kinder Morgan pipeline twinning project’ ..Many Burrard Inlet Community Residents ( BICRes) are VEHEMENTLY OPPOSED to this ill-conceived,unnecessary project !!!
I expected to hear some RELEVANT COMMENT …instead,see below.
“Carl ; ….get Canada back on track … to fulfilling its potential – as a respected member of the global community.
Please consider making a donation to my campaign. A $50 contribution is eligible for a $37.50 tax credit….” etc…
The bitumen export PROJECT includes several infrastucture issues which will not be ‘covered’ by the ‘Harper rejigged’ NEB. ‘The majority of Southern BC public, and local governments ,cannot offer, to the NEB,their reasoned concerns about this ill-conceived marine/tanker component of this PROJECT …and the missing independently,scientifically developed, ‘world class’ BITUMEN containment and recovery system- so glibly promised by Mr. Harper !!
There still is time for Mr. Harper and his new ‘hot shot’ Aussie strategist to develop a more publically acceptable bitumen export plan for the BC electorate to consider ..before the election ? A plan that avoids the need to send those unwelcome bitumen- laden tankers through our most precious ,environmentally sensitive waters, that create multi billions in revenues for the BC tourist and fishing industries ! Of course the Enbridge, Northern Gateway Project must also be included in any PROJECT improvement plan !!
It’s time to ‘have a talk’ with your pipeline pals Mr. Harper….to ‘CONVINCE’ them about the need for a new,publically acceptable, Alberta bitumen export plan..!
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—
This news story asks …”whether the federal Harper government has the final authority”…Harper may have the ‘authority TODAY—but after Oct, 2015 –who will have the authority ??
Kinder Morgan ,WITHOUT ASKING, applied their typical bullying tactics,decided that significantly increasing bitumen traffic in our busy waters ,would be OK for Southern BC citizens !!
This southern BC ocean and islands geography is the cornerstone of our tourist economy and results in multibillion dollar annual taxes, jobs, and income for many local businesses..
Ocean bitumen spills are the main concern AND UNTIL there is a INDEPENDENTLY DEVELOPED, SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN containment and recovery method developed and field demonstrated , IN TYPICAL OCEAN CONDITIONS, the pipelines schemes .as proposed ,are publically UNACCEPTABLE !
Enbridge was equally dumb when they chose the environmentally sensitive Douglas Channel shipping route !
It’s time for ‘Plan B’—build ONE JOINTLY OPERATED PIPELINE, from Alberta to Port Simpson..in a common corridor ..The Port Simpson location should minimize the probability of ocean bitumen spills .
Government,community,and corporate negotiators need to JOINTLY start putting a new plan together now .
…and get the Alberta bitumen moving to world markets ! !
A note to Alberta ‘pipe dreamers’ who want to traverse BC lands and waters ..Please ,BEFOREHAND, discuss routing plans with local local leaders and officials !
The President and CEO of Enbridge was once quoted in the press about ‘the possibility’ of moving out of Douglas Channel (Kitimat) …..and now Alberta Premier,Jim Prentice says there are “other options besides Kitimat from which to unload unrefined heavy oil onto tankers” …and then days later ‘forgot’ what he’d said !.. And now we have he UBCM convention ready to challenge the dumb Kinder Morgan proposed routing through Burrard Inlet and the busy Salish Sea shipping lanes which potentially threatens these busy waters,and shores and waters in Southern BC and Washington state…
Since there is NO SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN, field DEMONSTRATED method, for handling bitumen spills in typical ocean conditions we suggest that you
Install your terminal and shipping routes where the probability and consequences of bitumen spills is minimized—that is ,NOT DOUGLAS CHANNEL—or the busy SALISH SEA SHIPPING LANES.. It’s simple; build ONE COMBINED PIPELINES SYSTEM from Alberta to Port Simpson…and from there ship directly to world markets.
Mr. Harper could now hear and work with our mayors ,and instruct the NEB to order a ‘pipelines route change’ ….and FIX THE BC PIPELINES MESS,NOW—and see happier faces at BC polls…in October 2015 !