Domestic petroleum industry keeping food on the table

Previous letter propagates myth about nature not recovering from oil spills says reader

In the letter Sept.19 titled Don’t support the pipeline — in three parts by Don Edwards, Mr. Edwards propagates the myth that nature will never recover from an oil spill.

That is just not the case. Modern oil spill cleanup practices are very effective. But nature itself is extremely resilient. There are bacteria in our environment that metabolize oil. They break it down into harmless byproducts. I don’t think the pipeline opposition groups go out of their way to tell people about this.

An oil spill is not what anyone wants, but man and nature together take care of spilled oil, and that fact is evident in all areas of past spills, no matter how large they were.

The second point that Mr. Edwards’ letter made was that the Enbridge pipeline is being proposed to allow a petroleum company to sell a product to Asia and make a lot of money.

What Mr. Edwards did not say is that the amount of employment that the oilsands petroleum production and related pipeline construction creates is a huge boost to our economy (Canadian citizens from all provinces are finding employment in the petroleum industry).

This economic benefit has, in the words of some economists, been the most critical factor in preventing a recession here in Canada over the past four years. And this benefit will continue for generations.

So we are not looking simply at the economic benefit for one petroleum company, but a huge halo benefit for the Canadian economy as a whole.

Imagine Canada or all of North America without any petroleum pipelines. Our highways and rail systems would, out of necessity, be brimming with tanker truck and rail tanker traffic.

Would this situation lessen the environmental risk and the risk to human life? Quite the opposite.

At this time in history we need petroleum pipelines, and Canada needs the jobs and revenue that pipelines help safely produce. I would like to see a percentage of all government and industry profits from petroleum sales go to alternative energy research. The domestic petroleum industry is helping to keep food on Canadian’s tables. Let’s not ever forget that fact.

Bill Wilson

Saanichton

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Patrick brothers who shaped modern hockey also tried, but failed, to remove violence

New history thesis shows efforts to sell a “clean game” in Oak Bay

Victoria man to run marathon after overcoming rare cancer diagnosis

Nigel Deacon was diagnosed with ocular melanoma in 2010

Burger sales bring in $5,000 to build Imagination Libraries in Greater Victoria

United Way of Greater Victoria and Big Wheel Burger team up to get kids reading

Donated sculpture in Sidney’s Beacon Park a testament to perseverance

Victoria artist Armando Barbon picked up sculpting 22 years ago

Sidney builds community resilience through neighbourhood gatherings

Meet Your Street needs residents to create gatherings, safe interactions

QUIZ: A celebration of apples

September is the start of the apple harvest

POLL: Do you plan on allowing your children to go trick or treating this year?

This popular annual social time will look quite different this year due to COVID-19

Ferry riders say lower fares are what’s most needed to improve service

Provincial government announces findings of public engagement process

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87

The court’s second female justice, died Friday at her home in Washington

Comox Valley protesters send message over old-growth logging

Event in downtown Courtenay was part of wider event on Friday

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Application deadline for fish harvester benefits program extended

Those financially impacted by the pandemic have until Oct. 5 to apply

VIDEO: B.C. to launch mouth-rinse COVID-19 test for kids

Test involves swishing and gargling saline in mouth and no deep-nasal swab

Most Read