Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Enbridge Pipeline Meltdown
The war of words between BC and Alberta’s premiers has begun to reveal some true colours. BC wants more revenue if it’s going to assume the environmental risk and Alberta says no way. BC says it wants Alberta to cover the cost of clean up if there is a spill in their pipeline and the Alberta premiere said that was ridiculous. Clearly the bottom line is greed.
The primary concern is environmental risk. The primary concern is a Huston firm that has a horrible history of bad maintenance and bad safety standards. This has tainted the project and swayed the balances in favor of rejecting the proposal. Letting this company build the pipeline would be irresponsible. Period. There is no reason a Canadian company or another company with a better track record of maintenance and safety standards could take over the project.
Another concern is transporting toxic unrefined oil. Not only is that exporting jobs, it is increasing the environmental risk. Canada is famous for shooting itself in the foot and exporting raw materials. This is very short sighted. We could solve the pipeline problem by drilling oil off shore on the BC coast.
Realistically, a pipeline doesn’t create jobs in BC. It may generate revenue providing clean up costs from an oil spill doesn’t suck up that limited revenue. Tourism on the other hand does create jobs in the province.
Whatever we do decide to do, it is imperative we be selective in the company we entrust our sacred environment to. Enbridge is not the company to trust. These companies with bad maintenance and bad safety standards keep changing their name to avoid liability yet they stay involved and keep causing accidents with no regard for others. The only way this will change is if we change the company that gets the contract. We need better safety standards. I do not support Enbridge’s bid on the Northern Pipeline any more.