A one-time youth protestor looks at Cherry Point in a new light years later.

A one-time youth protestor looks at Cherry Point in a new light years later.

Early fears unfounded

Editor:

I am confused by all the opposition to the Northern Gateway oil pipeline and Kinder Morgan initiatives in Burnaby.

Editor:

I am confused by all the opposition to the Northern Gateway oil pipeline and Kinder Morgan initiatives in Burnaby.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, I was part of a youth movement opposed to the Cherry Point Refinery in Washington state, less than several kilometres to the south of White Rock in Whatcom County.

Since then, my concerns of super oil tanker traffic have been unfounded with not a single incident of an oil spill attracting environmental concern.

So I ask, what is the lack of faith in the new initiatives in this province, or have we forgotten about the old ones’ success due to lack of critical incidents?

Today, I look at the Cherry Point Refinery in Washington as a success, unfortunately disproving my concerns of years gone by.

In fact, I remember doing a school assignment on the environment and featured the Cherry Point Refinery as being a disaster waiting to happen.

I think with correct and proper management – as exampled by the likes of the Cherry Point refinery – that yes, there is always a risk, but it might not be as great we fear.

Ron Eves, White Rock

 

 

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