Conservative member Clay Harmon should look up the facts when it comes to Enbridge’s environmental review process — the review panel held a whopping 2 public meetings in 2010. They did indeed hear from dozens and dozens of residents who were resoundingly opposed and deeply concerned about the incredibly narrow scope of the review for this mega-project, the 3-member make-up of this panel, and the lack of consultation and accommodation with First Nations.
Enbridge recently updated their application with their “oil spill response plan” that includes doing nothing to clean up oil, deciding on their spill response based on level of media attention, using oil spill booms proven not to work, and applying dispersants not allowed in BC’s waters. This is the same company who asked oil spill clean-up workers from their Michigan catastrophe to just bury the oil along the Kalamazoo River.
Councils and candidates who have faith in this environmental review process should look at it more closely – it will only confirm what we know – that the project will bring oil spills to our region, that the company doesn’t care about British Columbians and will not be able to clean up oil, and that the risks far outweigh acting as a throughput to China.
We live in an incredible place and need to vote for those who will stand up to protect it and our interests.