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)
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