Until we see INDEPENDENT , expert, opinions about the greater probability of bitumen spills due to the increased marine tanker traffic …AND we are assured of effective,SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN spill containment and recovery methods in real ocean conditions ,in wetlands,rivers,lakes,etc. …. we should forget the pipeline schemes , or, can we proceed cautiously ?!
Note;The U.S.. has just initiated a study “ to study the effects of dilbit spills on the environment and human health “ http://globalnews.ca/news/1345513/more-setbacks-for-the-kxl-pipeline/
Enbridge has already proposed ‘thicker pipe’ for the Northern Gateway pipeline..—would that initiative be enough for Canada to proceed with a pipeline now—?
Assume that Government decides to proceed ..there is a simple, doable SOLUTION. Combine the two ‘thicker’ Enbridge and Kinder Morgan pipelines and transport Alberta bitumen to a much ‘safer’ shipping terminal location near Port Simpson—which offers relatively open ocean access to world markets and removes those behemoth bitumen laden tankers from —Douglas Channel and the tricky path out to the Pacific, Burrard Inlet, Gulf Islands (Boundary Pass , Haro Strait) and Vancouver Island and U.S. shores. This plan should minimize the environmental and POLITICAL risks !
Finally ,someone wants some serious scientific study carried out so Dilbit ‘behaviour’ can be better understood — see http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-05-21/u-s-agency-will-assess-dangers-of-tar-sands-oil-spills.html
“The new (US Federal government ) study could help fill … information gaps. …Should there be special rules for; pipelines carrying dilbit ; prevention and spill response plans ; companies and …communities ….special equipment and methods? Do evaporating dilbit chemicals create ….health (and environmental) hazards …?” …..
CANADA’S QUANDARY ? Will the dilbit knowledge gap affect our plans ? Should Canada join in the study to include ‘dilbit behaviour in ocean waters’ ——?
Will this Study result in further U.S. delays for Keystone XL ?
As I recollect —Enbridge has chosen ‘thicker ‘pipe ?… will that be ‘sufficient’ to carry on with our pipelines..?
CONCERN;While there is a near total knowledge vacuum about bitumen/dilbit behaviour in typical West Coast ocean water conditions ,BC must insist on RESTRICTING bitumen laden tanker routing in our busy,narrow, island bound waters from Prince Rupert to southern Vancouver Island waters—to minimize the probability of dilbit spills in our waters !!
The pipeline terminus and ALL BITUMEN SHIPPING to be located at Port Simpson,which provides relatively open access to world markets-. This assumes that Mr. Harper can convince KM/Enbridge to create a single pipeline system ,jointly ,from Alberta to Port Simpson ?..Therefore resulting in no need for Kinder Morgan twinning expansion as proposed ..
A smart move ,now , might allow BC public to mellow somewhat,come Oct 2015 ?—We know that infrastructure must be built—but the bully tactics seen so far suggest that these pipeline proposals may never ‘happen’,as proposed—without some ‘fine tuning’ –soon !