30 July 2012
On Compensation For Pipelining Raw Fossil Fuels Across British Columbia
Should British Columbia be compensated by the Big Bad Oil Motherfuckers of big bad motherfucking Alberta for passing their product through B. C. territory to market? The expectation that they ought to, should their pipeline proceed, is questionable in my view. This is hardly an area of my expertise but here is one reason why the idea does not make sense to me.
British Columbia ships a good deal of product by train (including the forest products that pass through my hands) to points east. Trains kill people. A lot of people. 25 people at level crossings in addition to 46 people trespassing (walking on the tracks, etc.) in addition to 42 serious injuries from both those categories combined in Canada alone last year. Should the rest of Canada be compensated because we have to ship our products into their markets? That is a lot of death and injuries to be paying for.
Nevermind the cancerous soot those trains choke people to death with or the many spills into rivers and other sensitive areas detrimental to the environment they cause.
Premier Clark (and any fuckhead who would agree with her) would say, "Fuck yeah!" if their philosophy on trade transit is consistent.