Jason Kenney's government has launched an inquiry into who funds groups that criticize Alberta’s oil industry.
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My name is Adrian Rain, I’m an jewelry maker and a cashier. I was born in Williams Lake, BC, and now I live in Abbotsford. I donate to, and take action against projects like the TMX not because I gain politically or because I want to sabotage my fellow Canadians. I do everything I can to resist these multi billion dollar schemes that pollute my country and destroy what I believe is Canada’s proudest feature. Our environment is precious, and pristine. Especially in BC, where one of our biggest industries is tourism. In 2014 near where I was raised, the Mount Polley mine tailings pond dam burst, spilling arsenic and other toxic waste into Polley Lake, over spilling into Quesnel Lake and into Cariboo river which I spent many childhood summers swimming in. These are also important places for BC’s Salmon run. The lead alone this disaster released into the drinking water of several communities was unprecedented. The impacts from that disaster will be felt for decades. The cause of this disaster was thought be caused by Imperial Mineral’s over filling of the mine’s tailings pond for 3 years that led to the stress that caused the dam failure.
In January 2012, Kinder Morgan’s pump station near my home on Sumas Mountain, the original TMX pipe leaked 110,000 litres of oil from a holding tank. Eight months later the NEB posted that: “the leak was detected later than it should have been,” the company’s management of procedures was “inadequate” and that the operator “failed to recognize the leak situation” on two occasions.
In the Abbotsford spill, the NEB report said that at 2:39 a.m. on Jan. 24, a “creep” alarm was received at Trans Mountain’s Edmonton control centre but it was determined to be a false alarm due to high winds.
A second alarm at 3:11 a.m. was also dismissed as false.
It took two more alarms and a shift change before a terminal operator was sent out at 5:50 a.m. to attend the Sumas site and investigate the cause of the alarm.
At 6:50 a.m.-four hours after the first alarm-the operator arrived on site, discovered the leak, closed the valve and isolated the source.
110, 000 litres of oil in 4 hours of lazy employees refusing to care about the damage they were causing to my home. My city. 70% of Kinder Morgan’s spills happen at these pump stations, like the one on Burnaby mountain which has an elementary school within a kilometre of it, only one road to evacuate by, and no nearby fire station. In the TMX’s history there have been 78 claimed spills.
And that’s what these companies do. They don’t care about the impact that failure to maintain safety regulations has. They ignore alarms, they ignore recommendations by the NEB and push everything until it breaks. For poisoning our water Polley Mine got some gold and silver. For poisoning our soil Kinder Morgan sold some oil. But I get nothing from either. All I get is forest fires, and lead poisoned fish, and a future that gets worse and worse the more pollution these big companies spew into my home.
So that’s why I help fund initiatives that fight these greedy, malignant corporations. It’s my country and my future and this is the only way I can have a say in protecting it.
Sincerely, Diana Domai
Signed BC resident.
Keep it in the ground!!
It’s ordinary citizens like me who are bankrolling the opposition to your terrible “black snake” that means death to everything we hold dear for the sake of some (sunset) jobs for Albertans and huge profits for the Koch brothers and other extremely wealthy foreign investors!
So I’m an ordinary Canadian citizen who has lived and worked on the B.C. coast for most of my life. I donate and take action to stop the Trans Mountain Pipeline. I am not a paid foreigner. I want my children, and all other life on our land and in our ocean, to have a viable future. I’m sure, if you would don your long-term vision glasses, you would wish the same.