Over the past week I have listened carefully to 119 of my fellow citizens express their opinions and concerns about the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline.
They were speaking at the Smithers hearings of the National Energy Board’s Joint Review Panel (JRP).
My primary purpose in writing is to commend all those who made oral presentations.
They presented well-reasoned arguments and were often eloquent and poetic.
Time and again I heard brave people express their discomfort at being in the spotlight and their fear of public speaking while undertaking the very thing that terrified them.
After weighing the benefits and the risks, it is my conclusion that the risks involved are too high.
I will submit a “letter of comment” to the JRP expressing my views and would urge all concerned citizens to do the same, either by mail or online.