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Enbridge pipeline cause for concern

To the Editor,

As a longtime resident of British Columbia, I  am very concerned about the destination of the Enbridge Oil pipeline destined to end in Kitimat for loading oil tankers.

Looking at the map, I can foresee nothing but navigational problems crossing the Douglas Channel and passing by other small islands before reaching the open sea.

Should the pipeline end at Prince Rupert, it has free access to the ocean for oil tankers via Dixon Entrance.

We should feel reassured that all safeguards to protect our land and sea are taken.

Building a pipeline across British Columbia, with all our mountains and waterways, is challenging enough without adding further possible problems for tankers navigating such a narrow body of water.

A referendum should be held for British Columbians, as we have the most to lose should there be a disaster on our land or seas.

What are the potential benefits as opposed to the potential catasthrophic disaster?

I would require a great deal more information about the proposed pipeline before feeling confident in having it built.  I don’t feel comfortable with politicians residing in central Canada making those decisions regarding our future welfare.

Lorette A. Jones

Nanaimo

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