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NEWS RELEASE · 13th December 2012
BC NDP
Premier's comments on Enbridge pipeline at odds with her constantly changing position

While the premier claims to have taken “the strongest stand of any political leader in the province or in the country on Enbridge,” her constantly evolving position on the pipeline shows otherwise.

In addition to the fact that the B.C. Liberal government's "five conditions" are largely requirements that already exist in law and do little to actually protect B.C.’s interests, the Liberals have been missing in action from the start on this project:

- The B.C. Liberal government handed over decision-making power to Ottawa when they signed the 2010 Equivalency Agreement.

- Premier Clark and the Liberal government tried for months to avoid taking a stance on the project.

- The government missed the deadline to provide evidence to the review panel and fought to keep their own internal assessment of the project a secret.

- While both Alberta and the federal government have been full participants in the review process, the B.C. Liberals have even refused to allow their own government experts to act as witnesses.

- The Liberals have resorted to untenable claims that they could stop the pipeline after it gets approval by denying provincial permits or withholding electricity.

Unlike the premier’s constantly evolving position on Enbridge, Adrian Dix and B.C.’s New Democrats have stood with businesses, First Nations, communities and ordinary citizens in taking a principled, consistent stance against the pipeline and increased tanker traffic on the North Coast.

Adrian Dix has said that if elected, B.C. New Democrats would exercise the right to take back provincial authority from the federal government’s review process and set up a rigorous “made in B.C.” environmental assessment, an approach that would also apply to the Kinder Morgan pipeline proposal.

Quote from Rob Fleming, New Democrat environment critic:

“New Democrats have taken a principled stand against the Enbridge pipeline. We will ensure B.C. voices are heard and B.C. interests are protected with a “made in B.C.” environmental assessment. The premier has taken no real substantive action to address the concerns of British Columbians; she continues to refuse to opt out of the equivalency agreement and protect our province's jurisdictional rights.”
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Comment by Dave B on 13th December 2012
While I have serious concerns regarding the Enbridge pipeline and the eventual consequences I am getting more and more frustrated regarding the latest commercials they are airing regarding the tanker safety aspect. Who do they think they are brainwashing – the brain dead?
I wish I had pictures or video to back up what I have to say but at the times such things were the furthest things to be considered.
I wish such as this could be presented to the revue panel.
I sailed the Douglas Channel for almost 2 years as engineer on the Nechako between Kitimat and Kemano, twice a week.
Some of the winter storms where as much as I experienced in the North Atlantic for 11 years, some worse because of the narrow channel and the winter winds driving the sea up to Kitimat. Besides being totally ice covered and top heavy – so much so we were out chopping ice (how much ice can a super tanker “wear”? , the waves and wind were tramenous.
I also sailed the Pacific coast and North Pacific as tug boat engineer for 2 years.
For Enbridge to offer up that there will be one of two tugs always tethered to the tanker is meaningless in a major storm in the Douglas Channel – they’ll never keep the lines intact or else sink the tug. What use would the second tug be – can’t connect with the tanker either to push or connect a line to pull!!
They also say they can clean up a spill very quickly if they react fast. How in the hell are they going to contain a spill with 15 foot and larger waves travelling at how many knots per hour towards Kitimat? Booms – LOL!
They say they can clean up the bitumen that will sink to the bottom – how with such a deep channel?
I think the District of Kitimat and Alcan, if this ever comes about, should look at changing the name of Hospital Beach to Tar Sands Beach and MK Bay Marina – subject to much debate should be sold to Enbridge so they can watch their investment go up in a puff of smoke.
I would like the Review Panel to be forced to take a trip up the Douglas Channel mid January or February and maybe all the way to Queen Charlotte City and down to Klemtu.