We await this STUDY –or must we rely on lady luck..
Two freighters collided in English Bay—on a clear night and spilled a relative thimble-full of fuel oil onto our beaches..You’ll note the ‘early’ oil containment and recovery technology…of course Kinder Morgan (and Enbridge) don’t really care—recall , they’ve told us that they are not responsible for the shipping !! Also we still await the ‘world class oil recovery technology’ promised by Ottawa—one that could deal with containment and recovery of bitumen spilled –in typical ocean conditions!—You know—at night,during tide change,in some distant location,during a howling gale ..while bitumen laden tanker is “hung up’ on a reef in some narrow channel—that’s when ‘stuff’ happens.!
As local marine traffic increases by orders of magnitude we can expect another spill at any time..
There is a simple way to drastically reduce the probability of bitumen ocean spills—move all Bitumen tanker traffic out of the busy ,island bound waters—
Yes ,leave Burrard Inlet,the busy Salish Sea,Douglas Channel and tricky exit channels—Have Mr. Harper ,in the Canadian public interest,instruct NEB to order Enbridge and Kinder Morgan change routing ,and build one combined pipeline system,from Alberta to a shipping terminal in Port Simpson—which provides open access to world markets, for Alberta bitumen..
Carl Shalansky,(P.Eng.,retired) https://redfern3359.wordpress.com
Bitumen pipelines and oil tankers will be publically acceptable in BC
1.we are READY to help at sea with distressed tankers and have an INDEPENDENTLY ,scientifically proven, field tested, BITUMEN containment and recovery technology for TYPICAL OCEAN CONDITIONS ..and
- MINIMIZE the probability of bitumen spills !
Did the Russian freighter ‘event’ waken us…our Canadian Coast Guard did their best…BUT surely there are new ,adequate, rescue vessels IN ‘the PLAN’—so we can be READY.
From the outset,the Enbridge and Kinder Morgan ill-conceived pipeline schemes disregarded BC’ PUBLIC CONCERNS !!
Thanks to the Russians ,Mr. Harper must now understand that BC does not want multi-fold increases in bitumen volumes ‘unnecessarily’ plying our busiest ocean waters..
Alberta can just as well send it’s bitumen (to Port Simpson)through a combined pipelines system—while minimizing the probability of bitumen shipping incidents in our busiest waters; the multi billion dollar, tourist generating businesses and environmentally sensitive ocean areas..
While Mr. Harper ‘solves’ the world’s problems we hear diddly squat about solving problems in Lotus Land..check the polls,then take action !