The following suggests a way to earn some MUCH NEEDED public trust ...PIPE LINES ARE SAFE ..’MOST’ of the time!Since the 2010 Kalamazoo Michigan incident ,Enbridge are still finding bitumen . Old pipelines CAN be upgraded .New pipe lines may include ;thicker pipe; continual flow monitoring ; avoidance of sensitive areas ,extra isolation valves; more surveillance ; support of local community activities,etc.,However,because of inappropriate operating/inspection procedures, delayed maintenance,design deficiencies,and lack of stewardship by Boards ,pipelines can fail ! So----pipelines don’t fail !PEOPLE FAIL PIPELINES ! OIL TANKERS ARE SAFE –’MOST of the time !We hear about double hulls,sophisticated navigation aids ,GPS, trained crews,accompanying and tethered tugs,—Then , enter the PEOPLE—who become distracted, or ? It’s happened throughout history—So----ships don’t sink !PEOPLE SINK SHIPS ! ‘MOST’ of the time ‘ is NOT GOOD ENOUGH! The public demand that there be an ‘absolute minimum’ of oil( bunker) spill incidents ; on land ,in rivers,wet lands,lakes and ocean passes ,narrow inlets and and bays.THIS WE CAN DO——can anyone imagine dumber location than Douglas Channel with it’s many connecting inlets for a BITUMEN shipping route ??—Now comes Kinder Morgan and their unbelievable scheme to increase ,by orders of magnitude , the bitumen laden tanker sailings and bitumen volumes in our busy Burrard Inlet—and the other critical passages through Haro Strait and Boundary Pass ?? The proposed Kinder Morgan twinning project is NOT required !Here’s the alternate plan; Form a joint venture(Enbridge and KInder Morgan) and create ONE PIPELINE SYSTEM from Alberta to a shipping terminal just north of Prince Rupert –with access to world markets. And MINIMIZE THE PROBABILITY AND CONSEQUENCES OF BITUMEN SPILLS ,while retaining the benefits of export for Canadians!
Nothing should surprise us...I see that Joe Oliver,Natural Resources Minister.... intends to meet the June deadline ....to approve the Enbridge Northern Gateway oil pipeline ... After a public Hearing the Enbridge Project was approved with the much hated Kitimat –Douglas Channel routing remaining —and 209 conditions –which will be HANDLED by some ‘experts’ and NO PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT ! Expect a similar result at the upcoming Kinder Morgan Twinning project which will result in an order of magnitude traffic increase in Bitumen laden tankers in our busy Vancouver Harbour and busy shipping channels in the southern gulf Islands. Expect some ‘conditions’ for KM ; and again with no public involvement for resolution. Matters not—PM Harper wants to win the pipe line BATTLE and move on before the 2015 Federal election—where he may lose the WAR.. All along there was a simple solution that would have addressed most public concerns .That is form a joint-venture of the wannabe pipe liners and create one combined pipeline system from Alberta to a shipping terminal just north of Prince Rupert with open ocean access to world markets....and thus addressing most of the public concerns about bitumen spills in our narrow, busy ocean passes...and potential damage to the BC’ multi-billion dollar tourist ‘ocean and international nature lovers’ related trade ..With the recent delay of Keystone XL pipe line project ,by the Nebraska Legislature, we might as well invite TransCanada to join in and with a minimum of disruption to BC lands create one neat pipeline system to market Alberta Bitumen ..and gain public support by showing PUBLIC CONCERN —that’s why our leaders were elected---right ..to LEAD !Come on leaders—it’s not too late to free your governments from this pipe lines ‘tar’ baby !
see http://www2.canada.com/vancouversun/news/westcoastnews/story.html?id=988b5b94-0915-48e5-bdd4-e8e6ab5351c8 ...for a classic photo, of what WILL be !I do not see the need for the twinning the Kinder Morgan pipeline at this time ...and the resultant extra behemoth bitumen tankers in our busy Burrard Inlet and ‘complex’ southern BC waters .Instead,create a ‘ONE PIPELINE SYSTEM (an Enbridge/Kinder Morgan joint venture)from Alberta and to a shipping terminal at a point just north of Prince Rupert--- to gain benefits of exports while supplying world markets! This plan removes Enbridge bitumen ships from Douglas Channel and the Great Bear Rainforest areas,etc.. Thus minimizing the likelihood of ocean bitumen spills –coast wide !Why do our leaders persist in these two bitumen projects—the courts await ! Or must we use THE last venue ! The NEBB (National Election Ballot Box) . The Leaders still can do the ‘common sense’ thing NOW !Until the BITUMEN industry DEMONSTRATES that they can deal with all the issues related to that inevitable bitumen mess on our beaches and other countless precious ocean areas—they must adapt to reality—and realize that pipeline and ocean routes will be restricted..The LNG industry has a proven safety record(after decades of complex storage and shipping challenges).Now it’s the the Bitumen industry’ turn to earn their good record.And in the meantime LISTEN.. and adapt!
The now ‘’darling’ of the petroleum industry ,LNG , after many DECADES of development is accepted –as relatively safe. Our ,relatively new ,BITUMEN OCEAN SHIPPING INDUSTRY—is still in the ‘growing pains’ stage.
Statistical studies are ‘appearing’ that suggest various spill frequencies—none convincing . It’s time to bring this pipeline mess to a common sense conclusion --so we can export—relatively SAFELY !
Typically, those that manage their way through the intervener ‘screening’ process ,will receive a polite audience . To have any impact ,interveners will need to be ARMED with EXPERT EVIDENCE that the NEB can evaluate( for comparison to the Kinder Morgan ‘expert’ reports)—or you’ll have little impact ! Anecdotal,hand wringing ,nimby appeals will have no impact .
There’s no evidence to show that anyone is even close to solving this ocean bitumen spill problem..So what to do--
AT THIS TIME the OBVIOUS pipeline route would be ,for a joint venture Enbridge/Kinder Morgan pipeline system ,from Alberta to a point just north of Prince Rupert –this location provides open ocean access to world markets and addresses many of the public’ concerns about bitumen ocean spills. Shipping bitumen should NOT be permitted near our ‘getting busier’ harbours and narrow island bound inlets and shipping channels(Douglas Channel,Hecate Strait ,Burrard Inlet,Boundary Pass,Haro Strait,southern Gulf Islands etc.) and not in environmentally sensitive inlets and bays near our beaches and cherished fisheries and wildlife sanctuaries (Great Bear Rainforest)..
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