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Response to TexasTowelie (Reply #2)

Fri Dec 20, 2013, 08:54 AM

7. With your logic, if one has skin cancer, no point in quitting smoking?

Or perhaps, someone has a 3rd degree sunburn on their face, so ignore the gangrene in their foot?

The issue is not the pristineness of the entire vast Pacific Ocean, it is the pristine condition of the the pathway of the proposed pipeline from Alberta through British Columbia, and the waterways through which the huge oil tankers would have to navigate. And of course, any huge body of water is not going to be totally pristine - however it's presently pristine enough in the B.C. area to support a major fishing industry. A major issue is the impact on fisheries. As I posted/documented elsewhere on this thread:

"There has been an informal moratorium on all oil tanker traffic off the coast of BC since 1972, renewed by the House of Commons in 2010 after the Harper government said there was no official moratorium. As for the Northern Gateway pipeline, all we have been told is that Enbridge, the pipeline’s owner, says it has a foolproof plan to manage all this. The area is one of the richest and most productive ecosystems on the planet, all based on the salmon. It is critical habitat for seventeen types of marine mammals, including the endangered blue, fin, right, sei and orca whales. Rivers critical for sixty percent of BC’s multi-million-dollar salmon catch run through the region."

As to Fukushima's discharge of irradiated water, there remains a variety of projections on how the water has dispersed and how much the radiation has been diluted. It may or may not prove to have an impact on B.C. waterways & salmon.
As to the impact on fisheries of ONE spill by a tanker, the Exxon Valdez, read on:

Three years after the 11 million-gallon spill in Prince William Sound blackened 1,500 miles of Alaska coastline, the herring on which he and other Cordova fishermen heavily relied disappeared from the area. Platt and some others stuck around, fishing for salmon and hoping things would improve. The herring never returned to Cordova. Platt's income plummeted, severely straining his marriage and psyche. He dipped into his sons' college funds to support his family. . . People's lives were ruined.

The herring loss alone has cost the region about $400 million over the past 21 years, according to the developmental director at Cordova's Prince William Sound Science Center. The average fisherman suffered a 30 percent loss in income after the spill, but those who specialized in just herring lost everything, Kopchak said.

"The Valdez oil spill was a tragic accident and one which ExxonMobil deeply regrets," Exxon said in a separate statement" . . . As a result of the accident, Exxon undertook significant operational reforms and implemented an exceptionally thorough operational management system to prevent future incidents. ExxonMobil has a long history of community support throughout Alaska and we continue to expand that focus," the statement said.

Well, we all see how well that "exceptionally thorough operational management" worked out in Arkansas, where the state has had to sue Exxon to clean up its major spill there. So the Canadian company assures us it has a fool proof plan? Cripes. What next - sell us the Brooklyn Bridge?

If you are located in Texas, any chance you have a personal interest in the oil bidness? Full disclosure on that subject, if you please.

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