Let our leaders LEAD !

Mr. Prentice,Alberta Premier ,and Mr. Al Monaco ,Enbridge President and CEO ,each have   mused about the possibility of moving out of Douglas Channel…showing a willingness to look at options…!
Premier, Christy Clark recently appointed Mr. Shawn Atleo  ,Past National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, …, to help negotiate with First Nations…great !
Mr. Harper ,with those leaders named above ,and each with  significant vested interests,  could develop a ‘new concept’ plan for a  BC/Alberta pipeline….  ..Such an open, publically led plan ,should provide Mr. Harper with  enough POLITICAL AMMUNITION …to get this bitumen export plan ‘SAFELY’ through parliament .
Any plan must show ,clearly, that there will be no, unnecessary , increased bitumen laden tanker traffic in our busy,environmentally sensitive ocean waters.
For this reason,  the Kinder Morgan (KM) scheme remains unacceptable  … and they then become a partner  in the new concept plan.
Let Enbridge and KM project engineers, jointly ‘prepare’ this ‘new concept’  Alberta to Port Simpson ,simpler,combined pipelines system plan ,for an ‘expedited’ NEB review…which provides open access, for Alberta bitumen, to reach world markets ,that will pay negotiated  prices and  help Canada’s weakening  economy …

 

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Change routing,now !

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 !

 

Fresh Approach..

http://www.calgaryherald.com/business/Ewart%2BPrentice%2Bmakes%2Bpipelines/10206719/story.html   The new premier (Jim Prentice)knows the challenges… “… start with… world-class regulator and first-quality science …” . During  the Northern Gateway project..our ‘regulator’ did NOT HEAR BC’ concerns and  eventually concluded  with  200 ‘conditions’—for the backroom experts to handle.. ? World class ??   BC  is familiar with the resources  export business.  So, Mr. Premier please advise your ‘pipe dreamers’ to negotiate with BC officials for  final routing—   As for ‘FIRST QUALITY  science’ demonstrating proven science for containment and recovery of ocean tanker bitumen spills in typical ocean conditions—where is it ??.The best we can do ,to help Alberta bitumen to reach world markets—is to locate bitumen tanker loading terminals where there is minimum probability of tanker spills—NOT IN DOUGLAS CHANNEL or many other busy ,environmentally sensitive areas—which would threaten Southern BC and Washington State waters and shores and our multi billion dollar ocean-waters related businesses ! The unnecessary,ill-considered Kinder Morgan  project raises similar arguments..!   There is a simple way to bring Alberta bitumen to the BC coast.. build one  pipelines system from Alberta to Port Simpson and address BC concerns NOW– ..and get the bitumen to market quickly . Hopefully with Mr. Prentice’ fresh approach he can convince Mr. Harper to clean-up the  BC  pipelines MESS ?

The Solution !

The writer,Peter O’Neil brings forward some interesting points…
The ‘unsolved problem’ of ocean bitumen spill clean up has been ‘handed off’ to Kevin Gardner ,president ,West Coast Marine Response Corporation (WCMRC) ? The public will likely wonder at Mr.Harper’s reluctance to participate in this vital research—  and might be wary of this ‘deal ‘…some might agree with Gardner’s earlier (2013)observation—that ; “there should be government participation in R&D “.
Ottawa  FINALLY  ‘figured out’ that southern BC is a high  traffic,high risk area..We are fortunate to have available  a relatively LOW traffic and LOW risk ‘area…NOT DOUGLAS CHANNEL, or BURRARD INLET ,or the busy shipping lanes and precious shores in Southern BC and Washington State  !!
Let Cabinet  approve an Enbridge/Kinder Morgan , jointly managed pipeline from Alberta to Port Simpson, to deliver Alberta bitumen  to world markets—
We’d expect Mr. Prentice to help ‘revive’ these struggling pipelines projects…. AND help bring  First Nations to ‘the table’,a vital  PART OF THE SOLUTION..
A CONSOLIDATED LOCATION for THE ‘ BITUMEN LOADING AND SHIPPING ’   at Port Simpson,could help with locating the special  bitumen recovery equipment at this one strategic location ……