Re: KTW’s editoral of April 24 (‘Pipeline feud needs to stop flowing’):
The editorial, which seems to be hoping Alberta won’t beat us up by restricting fuel movement to B.C., is not necessarily the best way to approach this looming problem.
There is no “feud” — only one party acting as a bully.
British Columbia is staying cool and acting responsibly by fleshing out its legal rights to environmental protection through the courts.
Since Alberta Premier-elect Jason Kenney wants to escalate the situation by stopping the flow of gasoline and fuel to B.C. via the existing pipeline (but keeping tarsands bitumen flowing), a relevant and effective response from B.C. could be two-fold:
1. Immediately act to put into place more responsible and dependable alternative suppliers of fuel to B.C.
2. Bring forward legislation completely shutting off all Alberta oil flow through B.C. via the existing Trans Mountain pipeline. This would primarily stop flow of tarsands bitumen heading to oil tankers at the coast, which is an obvious environmental threat now to B.C. waters, fish and sea life.
The existing pipeline is obsolete, having been in use since 1953, even though it was not originally designed to accommodate the heavy and coarse tarsands bitumen.
Clearly, there would be some short-term pain until new suppliers of refined gasoline and fuel could be put into place.
But this a good opportunity to eliminate the threat arising from the daily movement of the dirtiest oil in the world across our land, rivers and ports, as well as to act on the threat to climate change posed by ramping up tarsands production.
John McNamer and Susan Mann