Pipeline panned

Resident expresses concerns about pipeline across northern B.C.

This is in response to Cliff Wedgewood’s claim in a letter to the editor to not even understand why people oppose the northern B.C. Enbridge pipeline.

If the recent pipeline burst in northern Alberta, leaking oil into sensitive land and a river that supports important biodiversity, isn’t enough of a reason to oppose a pipeline that stretches across our entire province, then maybe the business aspect will.

Wedgewood wonders who will buy our oil if Asian companies don’t. Has he considered the pressure it would alleviate from the Canadian economy if we found that we no longer had to import oil and could provide the resource to the Canadian people through Canadian business and control the price of our own oil sands resource?

Better yet, we could slow the development of the oil sands to a sustainable pace that does not include the deaths of thousands of animals every year, and when the rest of the world is suffering for oil resources (in 80 to 100 years), our oil sands would amount to liquid gold.

But regardless, there is no point in trying to convince these people of the downside to exploiting natural resources without an exit plan. There is no point in trying to explain that the B.C. economy is one of the strongest in Canada and the world without new ventures like the Enbridge pipeline.

Since when was oil such a strong industry in B.C. that it has the potential to cripple our entire medical and educational systems?

Since when were tourism and lumber industries aided by environmental-degrading oil projects?

Unfortunately for us, and the future generations of B.C. humans and animals who rely on this pristine landscape for sustenance, some people only pay attention when they hear the cha-ching of dollar signs.

Ryan Plouffe

Vernon