December 2, 2016


-3° C, Overcast

Full Forecast

Letters to the Editor

Plenty of pipeline questions

Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 22/6/2014 (893 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

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.

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


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

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.




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

You can comment on most stories on You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective January 2015.

Photo Store

Scroll down to load more