By Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist July 24, 2012
Environmental groups are dismissing as meaningless the B.C. government’s announcement of conditions that must be met before the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline gets the go-ahead.
There is no way that government can be given any hard guarantees that B.C.’s fragile northern coastlines will not be soiled by an oil spill as tankers take bitumen from Kitimat to Asian markets through rough seas and narrow inlets, the Raincoast Conservation Foundation said.
Requirements for a world-leading marine oil spill response, prevention and recovery system for the B.C. coastline cannot be met, said Paul Paquet, Raincoast senior scientist.