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The Douglas Channel is seen from Kitimat, B.C.


The Douglas Channel is seen from Kitimat, B.C.

In its promotion of the Enbridge Northern Gateway project, the federal government fails to admit extraordinary assumptions are being made about oil-transportation infrastructure (Pipeline process must flow, June 19).

This coastal shipping route and a pipeline ending at Kitimat is not a "science-based" choice. The frequent major earthquakes near the B.C. coastline, with the possibility of devastating tidal waves, places Kitimat at risk of becoming Canada's Fukushima.

Archival records from the past half-century show big quakes near Haida Gwaii can send damaging shock waves as far inland as Kitimat. In October 2012, a 7.7-magnitude earthquake raised the alarm about a tsunami, and now coastline navigators doubt the safety of shipping oil through Queen Charlotte Sound.

Are bitumen-carrying pipelines built on shock-absorbing platforms to reduce the impact of earth tremors? Can supertankers navigate in narrow sea channels under conditions of tsunami-like waves?

We cannot make science-based decisions in the absence of science.



Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 23, 2014 A8


Updated on Monday, June 23, 2014 at 7:54 AM CDT: adds link

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