Editor, The Times:
When all this pipeline kerfuffle started – the vision of Stephen Harper to turn Canada into a thuggish petro-state – oh, I mean an energy superpower. The one pipeline that did make sense was Energy East. After all it would pipe Alberta tar to Canadian refineries and lessen our dependency or even remove it altogether from Saudi Arabian, Venezuelan or any other source.
Now of course there was opposition to this pipeline – crush some rare prairie grass or something like that. (Well at least it wasn’t snails).
And, there was something about using an old natural gas pipeline – reversing the flow to send the Athabaska tar east? I don’t really know and not much was ever said about this aspect of the whole energy east thing.
Alberta sludge is pretty toxic stuff! As we saw in Kalamazoo it sinks to the bottom in water unlike ‘refined’ which as least floats on the top.
It also is pushed through the pipe with high heat and pressure. I get a ringside seat on this as the pipeline passes about 10 metres – 30 ft. from my head when I’m sleeping.
When the snow is inches deep it melts off the pipeline track.
One can go and scoop a handful of soil off the top of the pipeline right of way. It’s dry to the touch – I know! I’ve done it!
One of the few good ideas that Alberta blonde – Rachael Notley has put forward was to build more upgrades – clean the tar up – make it something worth something.
Now no doubt she got shot down in flames by those Calgary Petro-thugs whose great ambition is to pipe everything out raw whether it makes sense or not!
Then there’s this Canadian thing about shooting ourself in the foot – then yelling yahoo got rid of the ingrown toenail! Look at the whole Port of Churchill twisted tracks thing – sold the whole thing for a dollar!? to Omnitrax.
One of the most puzzling aspect of this whole energy east thing is that when Trans Canada pipeline announced it was throwing in the towel there was little done or said by the government of the day.
Instead those bozos which include Trudeau, Mourneu, Alberta peroxide, and all kept trying to promote this pointless Trans Mountain thing. Just check the figures. It doesn’t pay!
How Canadian – blow your whole foot. Aha got rid of the toenail fungus!