All promises in the world don’t make pipelines safe

all of the promises, commitments, contracts, rules, regulations and laws in the world will not stop an oil pipeline from leaking.

A recent article in the Victoria Times Colonist reported that Alberta’s energy regulator has ordered Nexen Energy to immediately cease operations of 95 pipelines in northeastern Alberta because of non-compliance surrounding pipeline maintenance and monitoring in its Long Lake oilsands project, which has resulted in spilling about five million litres of a mixture of bitumen, water and sand.

This article confirms that all of the promises, commitments, contracts, rules, regulations and laws in the world will not stop an oil pipeline from leaking and destroying our environment.

But the Conservative, Liberal and New Democratic parties all support increasing the number of oil pipelines in Canada. In the upcoming federal election, the people of Canada are being given an opportunity to empower Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party, whose policy is to help to reduce the consumption of fossil fuels in the world and to support the development and application of renewable sources of energy. Perhaps the real change that is needed in Canada at this time is the empowerment of women in politics.

 

Robert Radford

Duncan