The BC  ‘5 conditions ’ were ‘sort of ‘ dealt with ?………The industry persisted  with its  ill-conceived plan  to build more dilbit infrastructure and increase 7 fold the number of diluted bitumen  laden tankers  in  Burrard Inlet and the Salish Sea…..


Let our DECISION MAKERS  fly the BC coast…and with some shipping traffic data in hand (weather, relative traffic volumes, list of historical incidents, etc. ) then be challenged to make a recommendation about ‘where’ to allow the dilbit tanker sailings …recognizing that a dilbit spill could happen…. Can you guess where bitumen infrastructure and tanker routes would NOT BE RECOMMENDED  ???Try Douglas Channel, Burrard Inlet and the International  Salish Sea waters.. Now ,how many think an area somewhere north of Prince Rupert would be chosen ??


Governments and industry has devoted billions to development of the ‘tar sands’…but sadly they have shown little evidence about behavior  of spilled bitumen in water…just ask our Canadian pipeline industry (Enbridge and Husky).


Like it or not , pipelines and tankers are about as safe as it can be…BUT remember….pipelines don’t fail…PEOPLE FAIL PIPELINES !


Yes ,BC sees the need and value of exporting our resources…via BC coastal waters..

Let the ‘modern NEB’ sit down and with some independent , expert, comparative risk reports….and  invite our Prime Minister to offer  his ‘pipeline mediation ’ counsel…

Voila..a pipeline is born !

Carl Shalansky,P.Eng. (retired)

604 986 4657





Canada has the opportunity to build  two vital pipelines,..ONE to the East..and ONE to the West …The Energy East pipeline project sounds like a ‘slam dunk’…The Energy East plan…..which would replace Middle East imported oil ,while keeping revenues for Canadians, still has ‘rough patches to deal with…..but, the PM has offered to mediate….This PM’s direct involvement would/should be welcomed by the public !


The West  could be satisfied with one smart pipeline..that carries oil to a relatively safe oil export port….where the threat of oil spills is minimised…..

Let  Enbridge and Kinder Morgan, with a ‘little guidance’ from PM Trudeau, jointly  build and  manage  a  less  risky pipeline and shipping export operation ..sooner and at less cost.. The time has come for the PM to make those ,sometimes unpopular, decisions…in the national public interest ..that’s his job !


The hoped for  potential Keystone XL ,the  ‘third ’pipeline , to the south, may be decided after US election ?