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Oil has real benefits

Did any of the many protesters in Victoria this week arrive at the protest by automobile or bus?

How do those protesters who did drive, think the oil and gasoline got to their Vancouver island gas station (before they conveniently filled their tanks to get them to Victoria)?

The fuel was moved by ship and barge (daily). The risk to the environment from these thousands of fuel shipments yearly, to and around Vancouver island, is real, but it is extremely small.

Would the protesters advocate stopping all oil and gas shipments to all the gulf islands and Vancouver island to reduce the environmental risk to the B.C. coast?

No? I didn’t think so.

We should only listen to those anti pipeline protesters who exclusively transport themselves by foot or bicycle and heat their homes with wood and are not connected to the power grid and grow all their own food. How large a group would that make for the next protest?

All others are enjoying the real benefits from oil and living with the small risk of a spill during transport.

Bill Wilson

Saanichton

 

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