Here in British Columbia, the land is a natural resource for mining, logging, hydroelectric and offshore fishing. The land in the north …. the north is relatively wild and untouched by industrial life.. Now there is talk, it’s more than talk as the building has started of a pipeline to haul bitumen from the tar sands in Fort McMurray, Alberta to Vancouver, BC where it will be shipped to other countries. Bitumen is heavy oil with the sand removed. A solution is added to keep the oil flowing. The pipeline has been started despite the cries of naturalists and natives of the regions. What a double-edged sword. The jobs the pipeline will provide are in the thousands but and this is one HUGE but…there will be a pipeline going through Jasper National Park in the Rockies. The pipeline will destroy the homes of many animals and wildlife. What if there is a spill? How many years will the area take to clean itself of the oil? Will the clean up also provide jobs? I, myself, prefer the wild. The oil has been shipped by train to Vancouver in the past and is currently shipped this way which is probably as equally dangerous. Still, all this fuel is going to pollute because there is a strong demand for it. With the pollution comes climate change as evidenced by the forest fires and stronger hurricanes, We are not as cold here in the Central Interior as we were in the ’80s. Destructive insects were killed off with the -40c weather but not anymore.
The time for change is now. If there was no demand for oil and it’s derivatives, there would be no pipeline but our demands must change before industry follows.