Enbridge, not in my backyard

Helene Fleury disagrees with comments made by Alice Doll in the April 18 issue of the Interior News.

Editor:

(re: Alice Doll’s letter, April 18, 2012).

In her letter, Alice Doll questions opponents to the Enbridge pipeline.

She says we don’t deserve a ‘free ride’ as pipelines and tankers cross areas that are important to others.

Why should people in Northwest B.C. oppose such a project that promises economic benefits (that are considered misleading)?

In other words, she is suggesting that we are Nimbies, or people who advocate the saying “not in my back yard.”

She is partly right.

We do not want a pipeline in our backyard.

This backyard is one of the few remaining intact natural places in this world.

This backyard is also home to very rugged terrain with landslides and avalanches as well as difficult waters in the Douglas Channel.

These two points alone should deter Enbridge from proceeding with the pipeline.

It just doesn’t make sense to put B.C.’s abundant salmon rivers and coast at risk of oil spills.

Alice Doll also suggests we should welcome the future.

The future is not about non-renewable resources.

The future is about renewable resources like solar energy generation.

Opposing the pipeline lets the National Energy Board and Enbridge know that we are interested in alternatives -not dirty oil.

Helene Fleury

Telkwa