Recall when Kinder Morgan(KM) made it clear that tankers/shipping not ‘OUR’ responsibility ––
have ’things’ changed ?
‘Practicing’ spills handling in Burrard Inlet ,is necessary for port/harbour safety….BUT, imagine a night-time bitumen spill , at tide change,in a howling gale,while the vessel hung up on a reef ,etc…. !!
Three risk assessments/studies…mentioned below…
1.Based on their (KM’) “comprehensive assessment risk of vessel traffic’.. expect . ‘enhancements of $100 million and five new bases on the route ”…”to protect against spills”.
A Washington State, EPA funded ,study CONCLUDED “…simply…there is no guarantee that RISK increases ….. can be fully mitigated.” see http://www.seas.gwu.edu/~dorpjr/VTRA/PSP/FINAL%20REPORT/PSP%20FINAL%20REPORT%20-%20DRAFT%20012214%20-%20HQ.pdf
The proposed BC ‘Think Tank’ ‘..is to study the ‘RISKS OF MARINE SHIPPING’ ..
see http://www.nsnews.com/news/marine-shipping-safety-centre-created-1.1996335 When will the public see this ??
BC tanker routing issue remains a major,unresolved, public concern.
Hopefully our new ‘listeners’ in Ottawa will see the benefit of a single,smarter pipeline concept..and get on with earning those vital resources export revenues…while minimizing the probability of marine bitumen spills events !