When one moves into a rental house, one has to first pay a damage deposit. Now, before laying one foot (for Enbridge) or one more foot (for Kinder Morgan) of tar-sands-crude-conveying pipeline in British Columbia, where is their damage deposit?
And for how much? For a spill in Vancouver harbour, Rex Wyler estimates a damage in excess of $40 Billion (with a “B”). For a spill in northern BC? Ask the people in Alaska about the Exxon Valdez spill. The mayor there committed suicide. But would the CEO of Enbridge or Kinder Morgan commit suicide over a spill? Would somebody commit suicide while laughing all the way to the bank?
Plus, a “landlord” has the right to refuse any potential “tenant” for planning to store HazMat (hazardous material) on the property, much less traffick in it through the property. So, do we even want their deposit? We say: HELL NO! JUST STAY OUT!!
Note: A tar sands crude spill is different from a normal oil spill in that tar sands crude is heavier than water, and sinks to the bottom of affected rivers, lakes, seas and oceans, while its volatile components, like benzene and PAHs simply evaporate into the surrounding areas, affecting air quality for miles around. The damaged done to the affected areas can be considered semi-permanent on the human time-scale.
From Wikipedia: “The Enbridge or Talmadge Creek oil spill is a spill caused by a rupture in Enbridge Energy pipeline line 6B at 09:45 on 26 July 2010, in Calhoun County, Michigan, that leaked 877,000 US gallons (3,320 m3) of oil sands crude into Talmadge Creek that flows into the Kalamazoo River. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) later estimated the spill to be in excess of 1 million US gallons (3,800 m3). On 29 July 2010, the Calhoun County Health Department asked 30 to 50 households to evacuate, and twice as many were advised not to drink their water. / The oil was contained to a 25-mile (40 km) stretch of the Kalamazoo River as several hundred workers took part in the cleanup. Regional EPA Director Susan Hedman estimates that it will take weeks to remove the bulk of the oil from the river, several months to clear oil from the flood plains, and several more months to clean the oil out of the marsh where the spill originated. However, a year later, a 35 mile stretch of the river remains closed. Originally estimated at $5 million, by September 2011, cleanup costs passed $585 million and are expected to rise by 20 percent more.”
Anthony Marr, Founder and President
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