By Mel McConaghy
I sincerely believe, that no matter how many people protest, no matter how many war dances are performed, no matter how many environmentalists rattle their sabers, and no matter how many yet unelected politicians shake their fists and shout, “If I’m elected, there will be no pipeline across BC”, the Enbridge pipeline will be laid across our province.
I read and listen to all the propaganda that’s being piled on top of me by so called, “EXPERTS?” like everyone else. It’s all written by people who have the title of doctor behind their names, but there’s no indication if they are proctologists, doctors of English, or veterinarians, and I’m none the wiser. I personally think that it’s a bad idea. I can’t tell you exactly why, because I’m just an old retired working stiff, but I just don’t like the idea of a Enbridge pipeline.
So, who are we actually dealing with? Well, we are dealing with a federal government that has a massive deficit, and could use the influx of cash into its pockets. It is also under pressure from foreign countries and companies, who have been buying our country’s non-renewal natural resources for years. Then, there is our neighbors out to the west, whose leader reacted almost violently when it was suggested that, if the Enbridge pipeline went through our province, since we are the ones taking all the risk, we should reap a lot more of the harvest. But, let us not forget Enbridge. I don’t like Enbridge’s track record when it comes to oil spills. They seem to have a ‘ho hum’ attitude when there’s a spill. According to media reports, Enbridge is a shadow company, made up of other companies, who do not wish to be identified. According to another media report, Enbridge isn’t the best company for adhering to safety and environmental standards either.
Could it be, that the country reputed to own the tar sands, and that will reap most of the benefits, is a country with some of the worst human rights, worker safety and environmental records in the world, who also owns a good part of Enbridge? Like I have said on many occasions, I am not an expert. All that I know about pipelines, is that they are a means for moving large volumes of liquid over large distances, and are occasionally known to leak. When I considered all the pros and cons of the proposed Enbridge pipeline project, keeping in mind my very vivid imagination, I decided that I really don’t like the idea of the possibility of crude oil spills in our mountains, or along our shorelines. But, I fear the Enbridge pipeline project is so big, that what I or anyone else thinks, is of no importance to the people who are in control. And that, is my opinion.
My Life Through a Broken Windshield by Mel McConaghy
Mel McConaghy is a retired trucker and author from Prince George, British Columbia. Mel’s tales are his views of life “through a broken windshield”. They are entertaining and humorous in a folksy style.
Visit Mel’s website at www.melmcconaghy.com