NEWS RELEASE · 1st June 2012
Douglas Channel Watch
KITIMAT PUBLIC FORUM & PRESENTATIONS HOSTED BY DOUGLAS CHANNEL WATCH
Douglas Channel Watch (DCW) will be hosting a public forum, "NORTH COAST REALITY CHECK - What Enbridge isn't telling us" on Friday, June 8th, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the Kitimat Riverlodge community room.
DCW is a group of Kitimat and Terrace residents brought together by their shared concerns over Enbridge's plans to build liquid petroleum pipelines through the rugged Coast Mountains, then zigzag 1,100 foot long supertankers through north coast BC's dangerous waters.
Presentations will be given by DCW members highlighting many serious issues Enbridge prefers not to talk about, such as geological and marine hazards, corrosion in double hull tankers, and socio-economic impacts of the Northern Gateway proposal.
"Enbridge is very slick with their media messaging" says DCW member Murray Minchin. "Enbridge is careful not to dwell on anything negative, and when asked tough questions about where the pipelines will actually be built, they say they will let us know after detailed engineering. This project could be approved by the Joint Review Panel without anybody knowing exactly how Enbridge intends to avoid everything the Coast Mountains will be throwing at their pipelines."
According to Mr. Minchin, the forum is open to everybody, particularly fence sitters and supporters of the Northern Gateway project. "We want the residents of north coast BC to have a full, balanced understanding of the risks involved. We want them to know about the other side of the story, the side Enbridge is very careful to avoid. We are being asked to shoulder the triple barrelled risks of pipelines, a tank farm, and supertankers. We deserve to know the whole story".
One example he shares is how Enbridge plans to pump 83 million litres of diluted bitumen per day, then increase to 135 million litres per day, and then ﬁnally to 150 million litres per day. This means going from the 225 supertankers per year Enbridge talks about, to an estimated 406 supertankers per year, or 812 supertanker trips into and out of Kitimat per year.
DCW is dedicated to protecting the environmental integrity of Douglas Channel and its watershed for present and future generations.