Learn the lesson of history

Two things come to mind regarding the Northern Gateway crude oil and condensate pipelines.

Dear sir,

Two things come to mind regarding the Northern Gateway crude oil and condensate pipelines.

First, our over confidence in technology. Second, our vulnerability to the forces of nature.

Examples of human tragedies and ecological disasters caused by both are far too numerous to list here.

However, I reference one event. This April 15 will the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.

A modern marvel of the age with many safety features – water tight compartments, electronically controlled water tight doors, eight massive water pumps, wireless radio – the Titanic fell victim to the arrogance of technology and the might of nature.

The owners, designers and builders of the Titanic never said publicly the ship was “unsinkable” – brochures and news articles made that claim.

But they did state the ship was “practically unsinkable” and “as far as possible to do so” the Titanic was “designed to be unsinkable”.

The proponents of the Alberta to BC pipeline believe that as far as it is possible to do so, this pipeline can be engineered, built and operated not the fail.

And are equally confident that the tanker ships carrying the millions of barrels of oil are “practically unsinkable”.

Faith in the technology of 1912 was proven fatal. Staunch belief in this Northern Gateway pipeline is equally flawed.

John Evans,

Tatla Lake.

 

Just Posted

B.C. turns up the heat

Environment Canada issues a special weather statement for most the province due to high temperatures

Northwest Regional Airport terminal project officially opens

Celebration today marks the completion of phase one of the Terrace-Kitimat airport expansion

‘Daddy bonus’ common in B.C. workplaces, study finds

UBC researchers say dads don’t have to be number one in the office to get a raise

North coast represented on B.C.’s new Wild Salmon Advisory Council

Joy Thorkelson, James Lawson and Tasha Sutcliffe will help create strategies to protect B.C. salmon

Suncor refinery restart to ease B.C. gas station fuel outages

Suncor’s 142,000 barrel-a-day Edmonton refinery was restarted last week after being shut down

REPLAY: B.C. this week in video

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week

Sweden beats South Korea 1-0

Sweden gets benefit of video review in World Cup

Blue Jay Roberto Osuna not expected to appear in court

The Blue Jays pitcher is charged with one count of assault by Toronto police

Global warming cooks up ‘a different world’ over 3 decades

Over 30 years the world’s annual temperature has warmed nearly 1 degree according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Family separation policy starts dividing Republicans

Deep concerns arise over the child separation policy in the U.S.

Strong earthquake in Japan kills 3

The magnitude 6.1 earthquake that struck the area early Monday near Osaka

B.C. NHL prospect expected to make ‘full recovery’ after an incident in Calgary

Jordy Bellerive was injured in a reported house fire Saturday night

BC Lions defensive back Marcell Young levels streaker in home opener

Young hit the fan near one of the 45-yard lines

Police: Taxi driver who hit 8 Moscow pedestrians fell asleep

Two Mexican World Cup fans were among those hit

Most Read