This post comes into being as a result of a Twitter conversation I had with Kent Hehr and an interview he directed me to that Naheed Nenshi had on “The House”. I have some problems with the interview and with the Energy East Project in general.
I do find Nenshi extremely likeable and understand he is doing a job for his constituency and his province BUT.
He states that the NEB “has to go through its process” … “based on good science and good environmentalism”. Whether a Conservative dominated NEB will do this is, to me at least, in some doubt. He also seems to be under the impression that Trudeau has not come out in favour of Energy East when he, in fact, he has.
He then goes on to imply that, whereas Central Canada fills up on imported oil coming in on tankers down the Saint Lawrence, trans-shipping dilbit from the East Coast (for Nexxen? For the Kochs?) will some how mean we become more “energy independent”. The magical connection is left unstated. As if imported oil coming in on tankers down the Saint Lawrence will cease.
Mr Nenshi mis-represents Mayor Coderre’s concerns about there being “more people in Montreal than Saskatchewan”, when the context was with respect to the negative effects on the environment and how many people would, therefore, be effected. He then implies that Coderre is making it an East vs West thing. In fact Mr Nenshi manages to do just that (granted,with prompting from the interviewer).
Now here’s the thing. This pipeline is not an oil pipeline, it is a dilbit pipeline. It will be going through pipes not originally built to handle dilbit. Further, there is a virtual certainty of a spill. A virtual certainty of a number of spills. History supports this … to the hilt. The question then is only how much of a disister each will be, which will depend on where it happens and how long it takes to turn off the flow. From documents I have read the “monitoring” is inadequate and reaction times terribly long.
If the talk of self sufficiency held any water at all, we would not be sending dilbit through a cross country death funnel for, basically, other’s benefit and, instead, be processing it IN PLACE.
Something that never seems to be discussed is the true cost of our oil, the many billions of subsidies aside. No value is ascribed to the environmental damage. No thought (not really) is given to making the whole thing cleaner because it would just “cost too much” so lets have tailing ponds instead. “Ponds”.. doesn’t that sound nice? Like “Nation Building”. Who will pay for cleanups? What happens when the water supply for any given community gets compromised. Who will pay. The taxpayer will.
Or it will be ignored/denied like the Athabasca.
I wonder if there is a centimeter of pipe that’s even insured. What insurance company would be that crazy? Why should we be that crazy?