Peckford blind to shipping risks

Cowichan Bay – Re: Brian Peckford’s opinion piece It is unclear whether Brian Peckford is amazingly naive or simply in the pay of big oil.

His opinion piece in Friday’s paper lumps together all pipelines, irrespective of their destination or cargo.

If gas pipelines develop leaks, little environmental harm is likely.

If an oil line, especially one carrying bitumen, develops a leak, it is an environmental disaster.

However, in the case of the Northern Gateway and other lines to the B.C. coast, the most likely and biggest disaster emanates from the shipping carrying the oil to trans-Pacific markets. This is the primary reason that I have been actively against the pipelines.

It is amazing that Mr. Peckford does not seem to understand this aspect of the total package.

Brent Heath

Cowichan Bay