The North American Free Trade Agreement , was negotiated ,in part, to assure a US oil supply…presumably during good or bad times ! Canada has invested billions in heavy oil ‘refining’ facilities …and now the Keystone XL pipeline ‘sits’! Climate change issues dominate US debate..President Obama appears to have determined that a ‘CLIMATE CHANGE SOLUTION’ should be his ‘legacy’…. the veto of Keystone XL pipeline fits this goal ! The Trans Canada , Energy East project, looks like a partial answer for the Canada/Alberta dilemna—and will assist in recouping some of the ‘billions’ —by supplying (tight oil and bitumen) oil for it’s Eastern refineries… and for export—. Is this a windfall opportunity for Canada ?? Let there be an ENERGY WEST pipeline—and move MORE of Alberta’s oil to world markets.. Mr. Harper ,here’s AN OPPORTUNE time.. to ‘solve’ your BC problem ; order Enbridge and Kinder Morgan to ‘TEAM up’ with KEYSTONE and with affected First Nations…and build a ,more publically/politically acceptable ,combined pipelines CORRIDOR from Alberta to Port Simpson…let that be your ‘legacy’ …and everyone wins !
Recently,Mr. Harper, SCOLDED Mr. Putin about the ‘Ukrainian problem’..will my Ukrainian kin be pleased with the ‘hollow’ support..
Now,Mr. Harper TELLS Mr. Obama that he will not take ‘NO’ for an answer about the Keystone XL dithering ….while knowing very well that President Obama is looking to ‘the environment’ as his legacy issue…..
So much for Canadian diplomacy !
Today,we have no pipelines
bitumen production reduced, economy threatened,leaders dither, public excluded , customers wait —-while Mr. Prentice looks at tax increases ?
Both pipelines,AS PROPOSED, would significantly increase volumes of bitumen tanker traffic in the island-bound Douglas Channel,our
busy southern BC and Washington State waters and shores…but there’s no need to utilize these ILL-CHOSEN ROUTES …!!
We have seen no independent,scientifically tested and proven method to contain and recover a bitumen spill in TYPICAL OCEAN CONDITIONS.
There are studies that show a greater risk of bitumen spills when shipping traffic is increased … ….but our public protector(NEB!) has chosen to not hear/review these reports.. !
Instead, let’s combine the pipelines and ship to world markets from a relatively ‘open’ sea terminal at ,or near, Port Simpson ..thus minimizing threats to our multi-billion dollar , environmentally related businesses ..while giving the BC public a more acceptable method to get the Alberta bitumen to market.