I have always felt that the choice of Kitimat BC (which lies at the end of a long narrow fjord) as the destination for the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline was odd. Surely a narrow winding fjord presents a navigational challenge for large oil tankers.
But put on your Enbridge supplied rose-coloured glasses and all of a sudden that pesky narrow fjord is no longer a problem:
About 1,000 square kilometres of islands have disappeared from Douglas Channel in an animated depiction of Enbridge Inc.’s proposed Northern Gateway pipeline and tanker route.
The project would send bitumen by pipeline from Alberta’s oilsands to Kitimat, where it would be loaded onto tankers for export to Asia.
A video on the Enbridge website shows Douglas Channel as a wide open funnel leading from Kitimat to the Pacific, omitting the narrow channels, islands and rocky outcrops that make up the potential tanker access route.
Now take off those rose-coloured glasses and see if you can spot the difference:
The Enbridge view of Douglas Channel would make anyone who knows the area chuckle, said Eric Swanson of the Dogwood Initiative.
“In reality, it’s a twisting path through rocky islands and granite outcroppings, including 90 degree turns, but it’s shown as a sparkly, open channel,” he said.
“They are certainly painting a rosy picture of a very complicated and dangerous waterway.
There is a good reason up until now there has been a moratorium on tanker traffic on the BC coast; it is as treacherous as it is beautiful.