Monday, December 03, 2012
Pipeline Birds and Fish
Once again this is simply corporate greed exporting Canada's resources to be processed by cheap labour in China and/or India .
Why is there no talk of refining the bitumen in Alberta and shipping finished products that will not wreck our coastal marine life?
An Easy question to answer. Big oil is selfish. A refinery in Alberta would require union workers and decent wages. OMG, perish the thought. Don't let this line of thinking get out!
Mr. Black of Black Press newspapers slyly suggested a refinery at Kitimat. What's wrong with that? Bitumen bypassing the refinery and shipping directly to Asia is what is wrong with that. Not to mention the contamination risk of water resources from Alberta to the west coast.. Nice try Mr. Black, but please do not consider Canadians as fools.
The Harper government has stripped the teeth out of environment protection as it is. Once tar sand bitumen reaches Kitimat it would only take the stroke of a pen to allow ever greater black crude amounts to ship out from our coast.
BC still ships out a mass of raw logs, [ and exports jobs ], but our provincial government is on the ropes so no chance of change there.
Alberta oil and the corporations that profit from it is a different matter. They can easily afford to refine in Alberta and ship finished products for added profits to the province and Canada and preserve our coastal marine and bird life in so doing.
Mr. Black explained a refinery in Kitimat made sense because the refinery is built in modules that can be shipped in ...[ foreign jobs again ], more cheaply than construction in Alberta. Not a valid reason for risking water tables we need to live on from Alberta to the BC coastline in my humble opinion.
So we can have our cake and eat it too. Only don't wait for Big Oil or the Alberta government to mention how. They just want quick profits and to hell with our beautiful waters and shorelines.
This is what ex-Alberta premiere Lougheed had in mind when he suggested slowing down oil expansion a little,...it's not going anywhere and prices tend to hold or go up, so why not do as the wise Mr. Lougheed suggested? TonyGutar - TG