NEWS RELEASE · 26th July 2011
Enbridge Responds to National Geographic Article
Please attribute all quotes to Enbridge spokesman Paul Stanway.
A feature article in the August edition of National Geographic Magazine (also available on the magazine’s website) deals with the potential impact of the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline on the forests of the north British Columbia coast – often called the ‘Great Bear Rain Forest.’
• The headline “Pipeline Through Paradise” is unfortunate because it suggests the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline would run through the Great Bear area. In fact, the proposed pipeline route would end at Kitimat, which is 32 kilometres from the nearest protected area associated with the ‘Great Bear Rainforest’.
• Enbridge spent a considerable amount of time and effort working with National Geographic in an attempt to ensure the article was balanced, and it’s unfortunate the magazine chose not to use information provided on marine safety – which we feel would have greatly mitigated the concerns raised by about tanker traffic.
• We have proposed a world-class marine safety plan, including double hulled ships, compulsory use of experienced, licensed BC pilots, and tethering to powerful escort tugs. In addition Enbridge is committed to supporting the creation of an advanced system of navigation aids, which will exceed Canada Shipping Act emergency response standards and greatly improve safety for all shipping on BC’s north coast.
• Enbridge is committed to using the best international safety practices (including from coastal oil terminals in Norway, Sweden and Scotland that have operated safely for 30 years) to ensure we avoid accidents and have minimal impact on the environment.
• Gateway is required to pass an extensive and robust public review. This Joint Review Panel process is specifically designed to thoroughly test all our assurances, our safety procedures and our planning – in detail and in public. It enables everyone to have their questions answered and concerns addressed: as it should.
Lies and Propoganda
Comment by Paul Dament, Alberta on 8th December 2011
National Geo,ought to be ashamed.Presents itself as a scientific,tolerent mag has now(and previously)entered the realm of the National Inquirer.Not a surprise,considering where much of their funding comes from and the people in their employ.
Do real journalism,not propoganda.