Pipeline given OK by panel — with conditions, Dec. 20
Much of the coverage of Northern Gateway has focused on spills — either from the pipeline itself or the tankers that will take the oil to Asia. The spills could be catastrophic, of course, but it’s important to remember the project will be disastrous even if no accidents ever befall it.
Northern Gateway will permit the daily transport — and eventual combustion — of 525,000 barrels of tarsands bitumen, a source of some of the world’s dirtiest petroleum. We need to worry not only about mishaps but also the project’s ongoing, routine climate destruction. A fuel this harmful should be left in the ground.
Gideon Forman, Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, Toronto