We are letting oil and gas pipelines cut across our province with hardly any compensation at all.
For years the people of Alaska have been receiving compensation for the 800-mile pipeline from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez on Prince William Sound, which had a major oil spill in 1989 from the super tanker Exxon Valdez. Getting super tankers out of Prince William Sound is a cake walk compared to getting super tankers out of Kitimat or through Vancouver Harbour.
A major oil spill on our Coast would be devastating for everyone and everything.
As for an LNG tanker explosion, there wouldn't be much left to clean up. The oil and gas company is spending billions on the 700-mile pipelines ready to transport our natural resources overseas for a long-term endeavour. The least we could do is to get some compensation for the risk of trouble to come, like subsidizing the Port Mann bridge and our road systems, like BC Ferries, where we can hardly afford to transport our cars and trucks around the province.
Ed Gibson, Gibsons
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