Monday, January 10, 2011

Luckily, oil leaks won't happen here

ProPublica reports:
"Almost all oil production on Alaska’s North Slope remains shut down after workers on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline system discovered a leak over the weekend. BP, the pipeline company’s largest single owner, has called it a significant event . . ."
Luckily for British Columbians, the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Project involves a twin pipeline system and Enbridge has an almost spotless record of safe pipeline operations. Besides, running from near Edmonton to a new marine terminal in Kitimat, the Northern Gateway project - such a benign descriptor - completely avoids sensitive ecologies, at least until it crosses onto the west side of the BC/Alberta border.

The people of Haida Gwaii and other First Nations value clean waters of their ancestral territories. They appear unwilling to accept dollars paid to a few leaders in exchange for the potential destruction of an historic lifestyle.

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