Safeguards needed prior to Northern Gateway

Nanaimo – I enjoyed reading Mr. Peckford’s opinion of the Northern Gateway Pipeline and I agree with his opinions. However he did not address the cruitial issue of the safeguards regarding tanker traffic across the Pacific. Unless there are meaningful safety requirements, double hulled tankers and ocean going tugs based near Kitimat that can tow a crippled vessel and have chemical retarders on hand, together with access to a financial bond valued in the billions to treat and pay claims for oil spill damages, there will be continued opposition to the pipeline. Corporations understand financial accountability, BP have been paying out billions around the gulf. BC residents require there to be significant financial penalties along with clear guidelines before the much needed pipeline will get my support.

Malcolm Berry

Nanaimo