CONTRIBUTION · 12th January 2012
I'm from Rupert and now live in Alberta. Not in Ft. Mac but in the center of oil and gas country. We have TONS of jobs, pay no sales tax and we have even received a share of the revenues in the form of a cheque for $400 to each living Albertan who filed taxes and their kids.
We have nice double laned divided highways, free parks with free waterslides, it's AWESOME and it's all thanks to the oil and gas industries.
BUT drive through the countryside and you'll see miles of rolling farmlan glowing bright yellow with canola flowers or blowing grain crops that look like a fawn coloured ocean...that is blanketed by a brownish haze.
The haze that smog from a zillion flarestacks with their awesome pyrotechnical glows that dot the countryside like stars in a clear night sky.
It's all good until you want to eat a FISH from the (once) mighty Athabasca River. I mean you are ALLOWED to eat ONE...unless you're pregnant, elderly or very young. THOSE frail bodies can't handle the levels of heavy metals and other toxins that pollute the rivers. Don't even MENTION ground water contaminants.
Big business has govermnet so far up it's ass that companies like the ones who do Frac-ing don't even have to TELL us what they pump into the ground to fracture the underground rock to "release" the valuable fluids and gasses that have been trapped there for 100 million years.
Here in Alberta it is ALL about the Shareholders, as it is supposed to be in a properly functioning capitalistic society. Say a pipeline springs a small leak. If it is costing the "company"..let's say...$200/day...well (no pun intended)..if it is gonna cost more than that to FIX the leak...well...if it is going to cost the SHAREHOLDERS more MONEY to fix it than to let it leak...guess WHAT!
It's very easy for me to sit here and enjoy the benefits (?) that oil and gas bring to my new home province while telling my brothers and sisters in BC to say NO to prosperity and jobs and everything GOOD that this industry brings.
But everytime I hear about people in BC blocking a new damaging industry from taking hold I stand up applaud and say YES!
When I hear about the pipeline from Ft. Mac to Texas I think..NO..but it isnt because of the environmental impact, it's because.
WHY should we ship our raw materials (=JOBS) to the US?? Why dont we refine it here?
But when I hear about a pipeline through my former "yard" I think...NO! It isn't WORTH it. When I think of the jobs Albertans would lose because of it ...well..there aren't really any.
A handful of local welders may get hired temporarily for the initial fabrication of the pipeline but once it's in place...and I have NO idea...just how many jobs are they talking about creating? I don't imagine it's a substantial number.
So..no one expects BC to keep saying NO. Eventually you'll probably have to crumble and bend. If you have OIL....it WILL be extracted eventually. Whether it's in Hecate Straight or the middle of the Kootenays, salmon and watersheds will not be able to keep big business at bay. Once they are IN...you're hooped!
For an example of how that business/industry is run, just try for yourself to find out what frac-ing fluid is made up of. Find some water quality tests from Alberta. There are farmers living beside oilfields..or on top of oilfields..whos TAP water is FLAMMABLE! I am NOT even KIDDING!
Those people say to the government...we have found this list of toxic substances in our groundwater...it has to be from the frac-ing.
We BET that you will find these non-naturally occuring substances in the frac chemical soup they use. Well...the gov says..nope..that must have already been there because the Frac guys said it wasnt them.
BUT...we can't tell you what chemicals they use because that is copyrighted information. A trade secret. But they assure us it wasnt caused by them so...nope.
That's one example. Go ahead and TRY to find out wbout environmental damage in Alberta. Officially, everything is fine. Justy don't eat the fish from the rivers. They can KILL YOU!
PLEASE stand strong BC. Hold out as long as you can. Don't worry...you will make plenty of revenue from sales of drinkable water and edible FOOD to Alberta!
Even though I left...I really had no choice..I had to provide for my family..and you HAVE to provide for yours so I can't tell YOU to just say NO all the time but..BC is my HOME. My kids were born there. I HOPE that we can all do something to preserve nature (=humanity) on that side of the hill.
It isnt a winnable battle but ......well maybe it IS?
Signed, a two-faced hypocrate who picked up and left BC to seek fortune in AB :(
You are so wrong
Comment by Paul Dament on 17th January 2012
In your little story,there are so many inacuracies,lies and ignorant claims i don't even know where to start.
You have no idea of the things you speak.For instance,in Big Valley,Ab,the shallow gas is so shallow that it seeps into the ground water naturally,my family dealt with it in the 40's,yes the water was somewhat flammable then.
The oil sands oil is litterally on top of the ground,it also seeps into ground water and rivers,so the chicken or the egg.The oil is on the surface,in the topsoil,muskeg,and riverbeds.
As far as jobs go,only a few local welders will be hired??Are you really living in Alberta?There will be thousands of jobs created.Some,shorter term then others,but there will be jobs where there are none.How does all the equiptment,pipe.steel,camps,food,people get there.How will they be housed,fed,fueled,supplied.How will the plants,compressor stations,risers,ditches,right of ways etc get built?There are billions of dollars on the table for local economies,not to mention the income for our country during these difficult times.
Get a clue and only speak of things you know,you won't look so foolish.
Who eats fish caught in Canada?
Comment by Apocalypse Now on 13th January 2012
Why would any one eat fish from Canada when you can get farmed Talapia or shrimp from asia ,which is farmed in water that is discharged from cement factories and little grass huts along the riverbank that use the river as their toilet.Ask your self this when you are buying fish imported from China and any other Asian country. As far as fraccing goes , companies that do it ,are not obliged to tell you what mixture of chemicals they are forcing down these wells to help release the trapped gas. Dick Cheney the Ex US vice presidentgot this law passed in the USA and its called the Haliburton Law,The company which he is part owner of. Of course politicians wouldn't do things that only benefit them would they? Remember that the head of CSIS was forced to resign because he said our govt.is influenced by foreign governments and business men. Time to start looking into the back grounds of some of our politicians.
Comment by Chris brouse on 12th January 2012
they built a pipe line from Dawson Creek north one hour to pump sewage from the Dawson ponds for their fracking processes in the gas fields. now since we are on the subject there are numerous communities on the BC coast that are pumping raw sewage into that pristine salmon habitat. more commonly called coastal fish habitat maybe they should build a third pipeline inland from the coast to carry that raw sewage into the gas fields of northern BC.
As one x albertan to one new transplanted one..
Comment by Larry on 12th January 2012
I am from a dying breed...born, bred and raised in downtown Calgary, Alberta but finally saw the light and moved to God's Country to retire and am lovin it. Maybe one day you and your wife will be able to return. I sure hope so. This pipline is a done deal ....correction it is a DEAD DEAL.
Comment by Chery on 12th January 2012
Thank you for your insight, it is appreciated. As a "radical environmentalist" I am so pleased to have your support.
Gotta run now, I'm expecting a truck load of money from an enviromentalist organization in the States any minute now!