‘Come hell, high water or a refinery’

Why not build the refinery in Alberta and minimize the bitumen pollution that would result from a pipeline failure?

David Black, owner of Black Press, says he wants to build an oil refinery in Kitimat.

He claims coastal pollution would be less harmful if a tanker carrying refined petroleum products, rather than diluted bitumen, has an accident.

I’m befuddled. Why not build the refinery in Alberta and minimize the bitumen pollution that would result from a pipeline failure? The Alberta option would also eliminate the added expense of building a recycling pipeline for the toxic distillate used to thin that gooey heavy oil.

I can think of two reasons: One, refining crude oil requires enormous quantities of water, and two, Enbridge intends to ship bitumen out of Kitimat come hell, high water or a refinery.

When I heard the company spearheading the bitumen refinery proposal was called Kitimat Clean Ltd., I instantly thought of George Orwell’s book 1984. In that fictional tale about tyranny, the Ministry of War is called the Ministry of Peace and the Ministry of Propaganda is called the Ministry of Truth.

Kitimat Clean sounds like a name dreamed up by a team of public relation consultants after they consumed too many martinis. Hopefully Mr. Black will not misuse the power of his newspapers (more than 80 of them are here in B.C.) to limit criticism of the Northern Gateway project and thereby manipulate public information. As anyone can see, there is now the potential for a conflict of interest.

 

Lloyd Atkins, Vernon

 

Build it in Alberta

 

Re: “$13B oil refinery proposed for Kitimat,” The Leader, Aug. 21.

David Black claims that building a $13-billion oil refinery at Kitimat would solve half of the problem by shipping refined gasoline, jet fuel and diesel in tankers instead of heavy crude.

Why go halfway when you could go all the way to a 100-per-cent solution to this problem?

Build the oil refinery near the oil pipeline-friendly B.C.-Alberta border area, where it would receive quick approval.

Not only would this be a 100-per-cent solution to a crude oil spill in a highly sensitive ecosystem, it would also save millions of dollars in not having to parallel this pipeline with a second return pipeline carrying thinning fluids removed from the crude oil prior to being loaded on oil tankers destined for Asia.

This would also be an alternative solution to an Alberta plan to ship their oil to Valdez, Alaska on a pipeline on rails or reversing the Mackenzie Valley pipeline to carry crude oil if the Northern Gateway pipeline is rejected.

 

Fred Perry, Surrey

Surrey North Delta Leader

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

LETTER: I’m sorry, Surrey, for smelling like cigarettes all those years

If I could go back and tell my 13-year-old self to put down that cigarette, I would, reader says

‘A bag full of garbage every 15 metres’: Surrey industrial area filled with trash

Local workers looking to recruit business, raise funds to help dispose of litter

Survey suggests 83 per cent of Surreyites ‘favour a referendum’ on policing transition

Survey was conducted by Pollara Strategic Insights on behalf of the National Police Federation

Racist graffiti sparks Cloverdale man to renew calls for City to clean up street

Hate message the latest garbage dumped at the end of 176th Street

VIDEO: Behind the scenes of turning newspapers into digital archives

Kelowna Capital News donated materials dating from 1980 to 2000

Landlord ordered to pay $11K after harassing B.C. mom to move days after giving birth

Germaine Valdez was pressured to move just a few days after giving birth by C-section to her child

Heart attacks strike B.C. husband and wife just over one year apart

Courtenay couple share personal stories to bring awareness to heart month

‘Nothing surprises us anymore:’ U.S. border officials find brain in package

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents found the brain packed in a glass mason jar in a Canada Post shipment

VIDEO: Giants winning streak now stands at 11

Team erased a 5-2 deficit by scoring every five minutes

Fiery collision involving truck closes Highway 1 at Three Valley Gap

Drivers should expect major delays and congestion; estimated time of re-opening is 2 p.m.

B.C., Ottawa sign sweeping 30-year deal for northern caribou habitat

West Moberly, Saulteau co-manage new protection on two million acres

Eyes on police after Trudeau orders blockades torn down, injunctions enforced

The RCMP in B.C. have sent a letter to the traditional leaders of the Wet’suwet’en Nation

B.C. massage therapist suspended following allegations of sexual misconduct

While suspended, Leonard Krekic is not entitled to practice as an RMT in B.C.

Most Read