More advice--We’re told by Kinder Morgan(KM) that Burrard Inlet neighbours need NOT worry—many oil tanker safeguards will be included(double hulls,pilots, accompanying tugs)to reduce the likelihood of a bitumen leak ‘incident’ in our waters.—Also we hear about busier harbours ,such as Rotterdam ,with much more traffic,etc.Some of our Lower Mainland leaders wish to be part of the hearings process (to appear as interveners)and hope to offer the National Energy Board ‘ (NEB) legal and technical staff bona fide EVIDENCE for their consideration..Firstly ,our leaders will be required to retain consultants(pipe liners,shippers,marine/harbour specialists) to prepare their evidence . Much evidence will be required—even some travel to major harbours to gather evidence relative to our concerns—the public are concerned and the public require independent,impartial EVIDENCE that this Kinder Morgan pipeline twinning proposal can proceed as proposed—OR the KM proposal requires minor or major ‘adjustments’—or ??Unless we’re prepared to make a sound case—and spend funds to gather data,etc.—Kinder Morgan will just proceed as they please--WE MUST MAKE OUR BEST EFFORT TO PREPARE AND PRESENT EVIDENCE—dithering,letters to the editor,and hand wringing emotional appeals gives the NEB nothing tangible to work with !Respect that the NEB was created to protect the public interest—SO the publics’ leaders (local,Provincial and Federal) need to get to work and PREPARE to protect our interests --NOW.OR ,‘take credit’ for the consequences...good or bad ?
Mr. Anderson,Canada ,Kinder Morgan ,C.E.O. left a Vancouver Board of Trade meeting and refused to answer questions.People were told to ‘send emails.’ To refuse questions was not what would be expected from the person that should have answers (no doubt Mr. Anderson does have answers).
Prime Minister Harper recently hinted the likelihood of an ‘executive decision’ that pipelines are in the ‘National Interest’. So ,why should KM bother with all this public interference –just carry on. Ignore the rabble---.
Mega Corps ‘bullying’ style used to work perhaps—we hope those days are gone ?. Expect the inquiring public to show up to demand answers—
Recently we read about the BIG ONE http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Metro+Vancouver+transit+officials+busy+preparing/9115031/story.html—you know ,the Richter scale 9.0 magnitude earthquake—this event is of concern to all those responsible for infrastructure—schools already foresee the need for billions of dollars for new and earthquake upgraded buildings—bridges are being reviewed and new ones are likely---and on and on..All infrastructure,including pipelines, would be affected—somehow.
An ‘email’ question for Kinder Morgan--I recently drove around the Burnaby Munucipal golf course and caught glimpses of the KM tank farm—tucked nicely into a Burnaby residential neighbourhoods ,below . What changes is KM planning for existing tankage and containment structures –and what will be the earthquake ‘specs’ for new tankage, soon to be 5.5 million gallons ,I read....?
This new ‘ferry scheme’ , http://www.vancouversun.com/Selling+ferry+terminal+will+solve+tanker+issue/9081712/story.html warrants consideration—likely a long term project that would require government cooperation and coordination. 1.The Kinder Morgan loading facilities and their bunker carrying partners are better relocated out of our very busy Vancouver harbour and to a location where ‘common sense’ suggests a reduced probability of bunker spills ; Roberts Bank or Tsawwassen ?Kinder Morgan are ramming through their 60 year old ‘location plan’ with little regard for the many new conditions of 2013. 2. Enbridge need to move bunker loading and tankers out Douglas Channel and to a location north of Prince Rupert that provides safer access to the Pacific. Pipeline or shipping incidents cannot be eliminated,and our only one option is to reduce the probability of bunker spills . It’s time for our political leaders to ’talk to’ Enbridge and Kinder Morgan to inform them that the BC public are willing to share the risk of bunker transportation ‘In the National Interest’--- but these are the ‘conditions’ ; see 1. and 2 above.
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