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.

 

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

Just Posted

Provincial COVID-19 data can now be used for B.C. to prepare for a second wave

In the past week, B.C. has seen a slight spike in daily test-positive case counts

Four air ambulance flights out of Terrace delayed or cancelled

Pandemic precautions caused nighttime closure of service station providing weather data to pilots

Skeena Resources, Tahltan prez excited by purchase of Eskay Creek

Skeena gets full control of mine, Barrick gets 12 per cent of Skeena and a one per cent royalty

Tamitik Status of Women granted $500,000 to support housing construction project

The funds will be used to support the construction of second stage and affordable rental housing.

In Our Valley: Lois Godfrey

Godfrey has spent 50 years helping with the Girl Guides, and even more helping out in her community.

QUIZ: Are you ready for a summer road trip?

How much do you really know about roads, motor vehicles and car culture? Take this quiz to find out.

Beverly Hills 90210 star’s family selling Vancouver Island Beach Resort

You can own Jason Priestley’s Terrace Beach Resort in Ucluelet for less than $5 million

Genetic detectives begin work to trace spread of COVID-19 in Canada

The kinds of genetic technology being used for this project did not exist when SARS hit Canada in 2003

Sports fishers protest Fraser River Chinook closures

Public Fishery Alliance wants hatchery fish open for harvest

Amber Alert for two Quebec girls cancelled after bodies found

Romy Carpentier, 6, Norah Carpentier, 11, and their father, Martin Carpentier, missing since Wednesday

B.C. man prepares to be first to receive double-hand transplant in Canada

After the surgery, transplant patients face a long recovery

Grocers appear before MPs to explain decision to cut pandemic pay

Executives from three of Canada’s largest grocery chains have defended their decision to end temporary wage increases

Bringing support to Indigenous students and communities, while fulfilling a dream

Mitacs is a nonprofit organization that operates research and training programs

Northern B.C. First Nations call for reversal of grizzly bear hunting ban

Growing grizzly populations have led to fewer ungulates and increased fear of attacks says Chad Day

Most Read