B.C. government right to be Kinder Morgan cautious

A letter to the editor by Don Bright

To the editor:

Would it not be nice if the petroleum industry, the federal government and the Alberta provincial government take a holistic approach to development, instead of only an economic approach?

The Prime Minister’s latest statement is that if the Kinder Morgan pipeline is not completed the result would be the federal government’s greenhouse gas reduction targets cannot be met. His argument, however, is based on the Alberta government’s refusal to sign on to the federal carbon tax plan unless Kinder Morgan is completed. There is no consideration of the results of the combustion of additional fossil fuels extrapolated from tar sands.

Please consider. Our only hope of reducing the production of greenhouse gases is to gradually phase out our use of fossil fuels, not encourage greater use. How does Kinder Morgan fit into that equation?

Also, please consider that several years ago it was determined that the emissions from tanker traffic in our lower mainland surpassed the greenhouse gas emissions from the city of Vancouver. How will the addition of an annual sailing of 200 huge oil tankers improve the situation?

Also, consider that the petroleum industry or governments have not submitted a plan to deal with dilbit spills. The several significant oil spills on the west coast of Canada were not caused by faulty technology, but by human error.

Want to place any bets that the 200 sailings of huge, football field-length tankers in usually very rough seas and often dense fog will not be subject to such errors?

How about the ballast emission from tankers that take on Asian coastal waters and empty the water onto our coast? It might be recalled that such caused considerable concern after the Japanese tsunami.

The B.C. government is correct in taking a cautious approach to Kinder Morgan.

Don Bright

Cowichan Bay

Just Posted

100 Mile House high school soccer team gets an addition to the trophy case

PSO Eagles boys team medals for the first time in five years

Two South Cariboo artists unite to display contrasting paintings in 100 Mile House

Seasons of Change: A Tale of Two Artists will run Oct. 19 to Nov. 10 at the Parkside Art Gallery

Elevated noise and gas odours in 108 Mile Ranch starting Oct. 22

Enbridge will be bringing a 36” pipeline back online due to ongoing work in Lac la Hache

VIDEO: The CanAfrica Blues Tour stops in Forest Grove

Doc MacLean and Albert Frost treated an intimate crowd to a unique blend of blues.

Forest Grove & District Recreation Society hoping to get funding for community hall improvements

Lack of proper insulation in Forest Grove Community Hall could be fixed

B.C. NDP retreats again on empty-home tax for urban areas

Rate reduced for all Canadians, dissident mayors to get annual meeting

Jets score 3 late goals to beat Canucks 4-1

Winnipeg ends three-game Vancouver win streak

Two B.C. cannabis dispensaries raided on legalization day

Port Alberni dispensaries ticketed for “unlawful sale” of cannabis

Canada not sending anyone to Saudi business summit

Sources insist Ottawa never intended to dispatch a delegation this time around

Earthquake early-warning sensors installed off coast of B.C.

The first-of-its kind warning sensors are developed by Ocean Networks Canada

VPD ordered to co-operate with B.C. police watchdog probe

According to the IIO, a court is ordering Vancouver police to co-operate with an investigation into a fatal shooting

B.C. woman looks to reduce stigma surrounding weed-smoking moms

Shannon Chiarenza, a Vancouver mom of two, started weedmama.ca to act as a guide for newcomers to legal cannabis, specifically mothers

B.C. teen gives away tickets to Ellen Degeneres show, plans O Canada welcome

The Grade 9 student wanted to give away tickets in the spirit of inclusivity

Most Read