Locals are concerned —though Woodfibre LNG Limited , vice president,said that LNG shipping is”absolutely safe, ….”-


We’ve heard similar claims by  bitumen shippers !!


In it’s early days (1940’s), LNG had some  ‘bad days’. After much research ,this industry can legitimately claim… ‘No accidents leading to loss of cargo have occurred over the history of maritime liquefied natural gas transportation.’

Now,and  in spite of BC public concerns, Enbridge  and Kinder Morgan   intend to send many behemouth bitumen laden tankers through some of our busiest and environmentally sensitive waters—while having NO scientific,independent research showing a PROVEN method for  handling that inevitable  bitumen spill —in typical ocean conditions..


In support of Canada’s  economic  need to export our resources… we need look for a common sense ,compromise, SOLUTION….Let’s minimize the consequences of a bitumen ocean spill by allowing shipping routes only where their is the least probability  of a spill—or major environmental damage..! STAY OUT OF ISLAND-BOUND DOUGLAS CHANNEL—and  THE BUSY,AND GETTING BUSIER ,NARROW OCEAN PASSAGES IN THE SALISH SEA. Independent studies show that the risks increase as traffic increases.

Recent headlines confirm that  there’s no perfect transport  infrastructure (pipelines ,rail,ships,aircraft,autos etc..)  ! We can however insist that industries prove their serious commitment to making the situation better.Recall when  Mr. Harper counselled,said—’let science help us to decide—NOT POLITICS  !’—good counsel Mr. Prime Minister get your oil pals to listen !!!

Forget Burnaby Mountain-just go away !




Apparently the Burnaby mayor would prefer to stop the $5.4-billion Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion !

Right on Mr. Mayor !—and now please tell Kinder Morgan(Trans Mountain) and Harper’s other oil pals..’where to go’ ! Their pipeline,as proposed ,is in the wrong place and comes at the wrong time..Recall when ,not long, ago Mr. Harper counselled that we should use SCIENCE..not POLITICS help us decide We still see no proven science to help us DECIDE  if anyone knows a fig about bitumen spill clean-up in typical ocean conditions ; you know,at night,at tide change,during a howling gale,while hung up on a reef or with container monster ship stuck into the bitumen tankers side..Typically,that’s when ‘stuff’ happens !


Following are my thoughts ;

If Mr. Harper decides to USE THE HEAVY HAND OF GOVERNMENT and declare the Enbridge and Kinder Morgan  pipelines to be ‘in the NATIONAL INTEREST’, such action   will be  seen as a ’POLITICAL’ decision …that ignored the B.C. public interest !!

The land and water routing proposals appear to have been dictated  by the  bean counters,with no consideration of the BC public’ concerns !—


Any significant ocean bitumen spill could  needlessly threaten the B.C. , high employment,well established, multibillion dollar revenue generators for governments AND associated   tourist businesses, ( including  the  sports and commercial fisheries ,general tourist travel trade and other environmentally associated businesses..).

There is a common sense way to ‘rework’ these pipelines to deliver  Alberta bitumen to world markets relatively quickly !

Mr.  Harper to order  NEB to instruct Enbridge and Kinder Morgan to CHANGE and SIMPLIFY the  route  ,and to   jointly build and and operate a pipeline system (possibly in a pipeline common corridor)from Alberta to Port Simpson in order to MINIMIZE the probability of ocean bitumen spills in Douglas Channel and vicinity ,Burrard Inlet and all southern BC and nearby Washington State waters and shores !!

Simple as that !


Carl Shalansky,(P.Eng.,retired)