Protecting our Oceans
Diesel spilled after barge sinks in Howe Sound – headlines in many BC news outlets read on Thursday after a vessel had sunk near Port Mellon on Wednesday
The Canadian Coast Guard gave an update late Friday: A fuel tank on board has been identified as the source of the spill, which has now been contained. The Canadian Coast Guard said the diesel sheen has also been recovered. Fantastic job Coast Guards! A terrible thing to have happened, but I am glad to see quick action and an immediate response.. no name calling, just get the job done!
“A huge blow for Trudeau and Notley” state some local sources… (Oh boy, I spoke too soon)
I don’t like to see any vessels sink and I certainly don’t like to see contaminants spill into our water-ways. Ironically, though, this highlights some of my points from yesterdays column regarding Kinder Morgan:
The people of BC aren’t in favor of stopping ALL Maritime traffic along the coast, which, as history shows, might be the only way to prevent ANY fluids getting into the ocean. They are in FAVOR of spill prevention, and better cleanup strategies like the ones exemplified this week during a spill that clearly has nothing to do with Kinder Morgan. (Great work by the Coast Guard and all involved! )
Eliminate all maritime traffic?
BC Citizens aren’t opposed to stopping ALL contaminant transportation from occurring:
Steelhead LNG is finishing up details on the engineering study for the project development of the LNG Terminal. The proposed Kwispaa LNG project, is located on the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada and is licensed to export up to 24 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of liquefied natural gas (LNG) for 25 years. (That to me seems like an opportunity for future spills, Vancouver???)
Back to Kinder Morgan, as I’ve stated before, in 2016 Elected Chief Coun. Robert Dennis Sr. said Trans Mountain would have minimal impact on the Huu-ay-aht community, since tanker traffic would pass far offshore and outside of its fishing area. While consultation is appropriate, he said he didn’t think it was the First Nation’s right to claim jurisdiction over the decision. (Wow! What an honest and thoughtful opinion! )
So, as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faced hecklers during a town-hall in Nanaimo, BC, I once again ask my socially conscious and environmentally concerned friends in B.C. (Which, by the way, I too am very concerned over threats to our environment) Let’s have a discussion, not a shouting match.
Let’s talk facts, not one-liners…
Because when I see shouting and kicking and screaming, I don’t see passion, I see ignorance…
I’ve mentioned many times before I attended a seminar in Saskatoon hosted by Saskatoon Tribal council with affiliates from First Nation Power Authority. The theme was clear: We want to make the right financial decisions for our people, as well as the right decisions for those same people’s futures! (Makes sense to me)
Our energy future is important to everyone, our environmental future is VERY important to everyone.
The power of respect and open dialogue is exponential, and ignoring the other side’s views and opinions is not how I want to be a part of the Energy conversation.
That’s your Oil Sands Saturday