http://www.neb-one.gc.ca/clf-nsi/rthnb/whwrndrgvrnnc/whwrndrgvrnnc-eng.html “The purpose of the NEB is to regulate pipelines ... in the Canadian public interest...” !
The BC public may be satisfied if the pipelines plans were ‘adjusted’ to MINIMIZE the probability of bitumen spills in Douglas Channel and other the busy marine passes,harbours,sensitive environments,world class travel sites ,etc. , that generate multibillion dollar TOURIST business and FISHERIES revenues .....
There still , is NO INDEPENDENT,SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN method to contain or recover an ocean bitumen spill... in typical ocean conditions..!
In the Canadian (BC) public interest... let Mr. Harper instruct the NEB to direct Enbridge and Kinder Morgan to change routes and jointly operate a combined pipeline system (possibly in common pipe line corridor)from Alberta to Port Simpson—which provides open ocean access to world markets for Alberta bitumen..This route eliminates the behemoth bitumen tankers in our sensitive,busy waters .
Since the wannabe pipe liners and the NEB chose,from day one, to ignore ‘the BC public (concern) interest’ about bitumen spills in our waters they are left now with one option...
FIX the PIPELINES MESS NOW.,in the COMMON SENSE way....or does Mr. Harper suggest that Canadians should choose to await the possible ‘pup’ Justin solution ??
A complex technical operation,like a mine, must be organizationally structured to ensure that the Board is kept apprised of technical ‘areas of concern’ ...why not create a Corporate Technical Officer(CTO)function... to provide ongoing technical/safety counsel to the Board. An ‘independent inquiry’ has been ordered. Is this inquiry too restricted in scope..Many feel that a comprehensive review is required and suggest that a retired judge or review panel be given authority to provide a broader , industry-wide review .Engineers would form a part of the review team..Mining investment could be delayed unless the ‘environmental and economic’ concerns are addressed satisfactorily..by a ‘trusted reviewer’ to ensure public/political acceptance. The public expect the Corporation to carry FULL insurance coverage for mining incidents—a possible item for inclusion in the review ..... The public should not be worrying about ‘who pays’ for the next mining industry screw up !Assuming the REVIEW offers common sense recommendations , a mining corporation Board ,who claim to provide corporate STEWARDSHIP,would be able to offer better protection of shareholders interests
Both BC pipelines,as proposed need fixing !Until the bitumen spill clean-up technology is scientifically proven to ‘work’ in typical ocean conditions... ocean bitumen tanker routes must be located where the probability and consequences of bitumen spills is minimized .....and NOT directly through some of our busiest waterways and the environmentally attractive ,multi-billion dollar tourist revenue generating businesses.. There were were no meaningful negotiations about ocean routing. The pipe liners,not surprisingly,selected the paths of least financial resistance..and the National Energy Board (NEB) seems satisfied with these pipe liners’ ill-conceived ,ocean routing, proposals—The public are not being heard and may yet have to wait ,for the ‘ultimate NEB’ ,(National Election Ballot) ? However ,there is a simple way to get the Alberta bitumen to world markets ,soon ..! The SIMPLE WAY—which will require our leader to LEAD --- !Mr. Harper ,in the National interest,to order the NEB to instruct Enbridge and Kinder Morgan to change the routing and ‘jointly’ build their pipelines from Albert to Port Simpson ,which offers relatively wide open ocean access to world markets.This is likely a more acceptable proposal which all parties,including the electorate , would find more acceptable—?
The pipeline proponents and our government, with little communication or government PLANNING ,have dictated ‘dumb ocean routes’ that threaten our ‘special’ environmentally sensitive waters and shoreline areas with potentially,frightening consequences...Yet each proponent plans to (unnecessarily) travel through these ‘special’ areas when no one has a clue about containing /recovering bitumen spills in TYPICAL ocean conditions “ !Mr. Harper has declared ,that the Enbridge (Northern Gateway pipeline) SHALL be built subject to the 209 conditions ;likely to be decided in the back rooms—with NO PUBLIC INPUT ! Surely,someone must have asked, ‘why TWO ,environmentally challenging , 1200 KM LONG PIPELINES to transport ONE product ‘ ? Yes a completely different , publically acceptable pipeline ,with agreed land and ocean routes, is required. Call it a ‘combined ‘,SMART , Enbridge/Kinder Morgan,pipelines system from Alberta to Port Simpson. How long will Alberta and the customers wait ?
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