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Professional Photographer Specializing in Wilderness & Wildlife Supports Canadian Pipeline
Much exaggeration and misinformation is being fed about the true risks to the environment and impact of a pipeline from Alberta to BC's coast. The potential for a large spill is so minimal, that this is how the opposition is continuing to fight it.
By: ProPics Canada
The pipeline should be handled at the federal level, however the government of British Columbia is blocking the expansion and challenging the right of the federal government to make decisions. Further delaying what the federal government has already approved. The owners of the pipeline have been patient and met all regulatory requirements but is ready to pull the plug on the project due to ongoing and costly delays (rightfully so) and this will have impacts from coast to coast. It can also have a lasting impact on reducing available funds for research and development of technologies which will reduce the long term need for the fossil fuels and by-products. It will also have reduce available funding by governments for current clean energy grants.
As a photographer, have photographed areas in almost every region of Canada, from coast to coast to coast. I grew up in the lower mainland and have enjoyed camping, hiking, canoeing, kayaking and so much more in the amazing and scenic areas of the west coast. The last thing I would want to see is a spill along the pipeline or in the pristine waters. Look at the environmental disaster that was the Britannia Mine as it leached into the Howe Sound. It took decades to get a clean up going and is still in remediation. I just honestly feel that enough regulation and responsibility is being brought in with the project to prevent this and that enough emergency response infrastructure is being put in place to respond on the very remote chance of an accident. If I honestly felt that there was a serious risk which was not being addressed, I would be against the pipeline but I am not.
The problem is that the opposition is the group which is a minority however, they are the loudest. They are blocking a legally approved project and politicians are using it as a platform to kiss ass of the vocal minority. Let's face it, most people support the work of the Vancouver Aquarium which housed and cared for marine animals who could not be released back to the wild and survive. The vocal minority made it seem as though the Aquarium was actively catching healthy whales and other species to only make money from exploiting them so that has come to an end. To clear a tree from your private property is a very expensive and exhausting permit process where people can object and make the decision what you do on your property. I have seen bylaw officers on a farm / orchard in Surrey BC threatening action because a neighbor felt that the small tractor being used for maintaining the orchard was too close to the trees and it may damage the tree's roots under the ground. The tractor could no longer be used (it was actually a small bobcat on tracks which even spreads the weight of the machine out further than should it been on wheels).
The time for reason is now. The majority need to stop bending over and taking it from the tree hugging extremists. Yes, we need environmental regulations, yes we need to ensure people have a right to be heard and to evaluate the concerns which they raise, yes we need to ensure that the future reliance on environmentally unfriendly energies and products is reduced with a goal of elimination where reasonable. What we do not need are the people that do not respect the rule of law and the support of our federal government when it does not match their own agenda, inclusive of provincial politicians but still expect all of the benefits being provided to them by the federal government.
The pipeline is being twinned along the route of a current pipeline. New technologies and systems are being used to reduce the chances of a catastrophic spill to almost zero and the economic impact is hurting thousands of CANADIAN families. Some of those objecting the pipeline feel it is the federal government's responsibility to help these families and that the government need to decide how best to get the funding and how to manage the programs to help these people. Ironically these same protesters are not respecting that it is the federal governments responsibility to make the decisions and manage the rights of the energy sector including the pipeline.
This is my personal opinion and if it does not match yours, you need not reply with insults and idiocies. However if you wish to share your view and opinion in a respectful manner, I am always happy to look at and respect such. I am not always right and always like to hear other sides of the coin and evaluate if I have missed something in my extensive research and awareness of both sides of the pipeline debate. I say, build it now and let's move on to actually spending money and time on dealing with real, current environmental initiatives with benefits for generations to come.