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 ?
Most primary industries get similar treatment--but would you please ask your 'bitumen industry' to consider others, who try to cooperate ,by ensuring that your producers, pipeliner and government friends do not export their product's problems before the necessary research is carried out..Enbridge and Kinder Morgan, with their ill-conceived pipeline/shipping proposals,as proposed, are not welcome in BC waters...the potential down stream problems of piped bitumen must be dealt with if Canadians are expected to work with Alberta in support of your bitumen industry --following has been sent 'around'Carl Shalansky,(P.Eng.,retired)
http://redfern3359.wordpress.com Subject: Minimize the RISKS-- http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Opinion+Northern+Gateway+proposal+carries+much+risk/9925331/story.html Opinion: Northern Gateway proposal carries too much risk ...,writer Ph. D. Dennis Takahashi Kelso’ says.....his credentials/experience suggest that his observations be given serious consideration.. All the sectors of the ENERGY INDUSTRY struggled in the early days—For instance ,search the 1944 Cleveland LNG disaster---70 years hence ,LNG now considered safe !BC does not accept being a ‘guinea pig’ while Enbridge and Kinder Morgan ,along with their bitumen shipping partners ,EXPERIMENT , on our COAST—. First;;Don’t PLAN to send bitumen tankers into any busy,narrow,island bound waters ,and sensitive fisheries. Terminate BOTH Enbridge and Kinder Morgan pipelines near Port Simpson area..In this way our leaders address many of Dennis Kelso’ concerns –by practically eliminating risks ...in sensitive areas ! Second;Organize an INDEPENDENT study of the Bitumen challenges—where all the interested parties (pipe liners,producers,shippers,governments,insurance industry) contribute to joint Canadian/U.S .university research to produce a WORLD CLASS bitumen transport/handling study . B.C. has always supported the beneficial, national , import/export industries ..but with this challenging BITUMEN situation we insist that risk be minimized....surely that’s a just/reasonable CONDITION ?
A lucrative opportunity exists to market Alberta bitumen ,through B.C., to ‘world markets’ .
Mr. Harper has signalled that THE proposed PIPELINES are in the National interest ..this might be considered ...if war was imminent....?
These behemoth ,bitumen laden, tankers should NOT be permitted in our busy,narrow,island bound channels,many busy harbours and passes,and threatening Canadian and U.S.
environmentally sensitive shores !—
A near perfect solution exists ; let NEB recommend , to Cabinet’ , a route that addresses B.C.’ MAJOR CONCERNS...AND instructs KM and Enbridge to combine their pipelines and terminate at a location near Port Simpson—which gives relatively OPEN ACCESS to the Pacific ..
Harper’s folks claim to have a ‘world class’ bitumen containment and recovery system in hand-–hopefully backed with peer supported science;after successfully ‘field tested ‘ experiments, in typical ocean conditions !
Meanwhile ,until scientific study PROVES otherwise ,build the pipelines where COMMON SENSE DICTATES..thus leaving our multi-billion dollar tourist organizations ,much less threatened.
As you’ve guessed,it’s about the money,stupid !
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