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.