British Columbians who are against the proposed pipeline, are being called hypocrites, empty nesters and grey-haired baby boomers, with only four words in their vocabulary: "B.C. not for sale."
Proponents claim continued employment will be maintained by the product flowing to China. If anything, it will do the exact opposite.
Do they ever read the labels on goods they buy, like Made in China?
We grey-haired baby boomers are of the opinion Canadian oil should be also be marketed in Eastern Canada, where they import oil from Venezuela.
This will add value to our own resources by promoting manufacture of goods in Canada.
Proponents call our claims ludicrous that a spill in B.C. could be "Armageddon." Are they aware that more than 40,000 British Columbians living along an unspoiled coast derive their income from tourism and fishing?
From 2003 to 2007, Enbridge had 333 self-reportable oil spills, spilling 38,627 barrels of oil.
On Jan. 3, 2009, Enbridge spilled 4,000 barrels at its tank farm on Highway 881 in Alberta. The tank farm was unmanned, no security on site and the detection system did not notice the leak.
According to Enbridge, 4,000 barrels was "too small a spill" to register.
How about the Kalamazoo River oil spill? So far, the cleanup has cost $767 million and is still going on.
The then-governor of Michigan called Enbridge's initial response to the spill "anemic."
At the planned pumping rate of 400,000 barrels per day, a 30-minute spill at a stream crossing would discharge more than 1.3 million litres into the water. A similar rupture in the condensate pipeline would discharge about 500,000 litres.
We "hypocrites" also know that Enbridge's maritime responsibility ends when the tankers leave port. It is the owners of the tankers - which most likely sail under low-cost, foreign flags of convenience - who will be responsible for cleanups. Best of luck!
We also live in an earthquake-prone zone.
We know there will always be pipelines, but until Enbridge cleans up its act, the proposed Northern Gateway must not be built.
At this time, the National Energy Board has the final say, but - fortunately and with a new government - the language in the agreement between B.C. and the feds allows B.C. to back out and block the project.