What Leaders Do !

 

http://www.castanet.net/news/BC/118971/Aboriginal-challenge-approved

… the First Nation will …. defend itself against this  ‘review process’ .. “The purpose of the NEB is to regulate pipelines… in the Canadian public interest.” ‘

The NEB has  denied many  from  appearing  as interveners …including the US EPA which  has scientific data     http://www.seas.gwu.edu/~dorpjr/VTRA/PSP/FINAL%20REPORT/PSP%20FINAL%20REPORT%20-%20DRAFT%20012214%20-%20HQ.pdf     that suggests increased  risks of bitumen spills in our adjoining (Canada/US)waters—BECAUSE of the ever increasing shipping/tanker  traffic—Surely our National Energy Board would be interested ..in the Canadian public interest ?

 

 

VTRA EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

“… the Salish Sea …. bordering numerous communities en route to

ports in both the US and Canada…characterized by passages …

that are navigationally challenging ….  a biologically rich

ecosystem …these communities depend upon.”

 

The Kinder Morgan, UNNECESSARY,twinning pipeline twinning project—and  the POORLY LOCATED Enbridge Northern Gateway systems ,need FIXING !

Alberta needs to market it’s growing bitumen production —so build one smart pipeline system (in a corridor) from Alberta  to Port Simpson—giving  wide open access to world markets…

Our Prime Minister could LEAD  by directing the NEB to review  this new scheme and FIX the BC pipelines mess..that’s what leaders  do—LEAD !

 

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Our only chance !

The Enbridge application was incomplete and should’ve been sent back for reworking. How will the 209 CONDITIONS be dealt with…likely ,with little public involvement !

1..Why weren’t quality pipe liners invited to COMPETE for this multi-billion dollar ‘opportunity’ ?

2. With just one applicant the NEB should solicit, independently ,world expert opinions to weigh against the proponent’s material.

3.The NEB intervention rules appear to minimize substantive public involvement .

4. Mr. Harper has hinted that he will declare this project in the National interest –so why bother with the NEB charade ?

Now comes the Kinder Morgan NEB public hearing…expect similar ‘rigorous’ analysis !

What to do ?

There is a simple plan—with perhaps the only chance of success..Let PM Harper direct Enbridge and Kinder Morgan to combine their pipeline systems in a corridor from Alberta to a bitumen terminal at Port Simpson…..which provides access to world markets and minimizes the probability of ocean bitumen spills .
Our civic leaders might consider putting together a ‘blue ribbon committee’ to convince the National and Provincial leaders that this approach could help us to get Alberta bitumen to market..quickly and sensibly..