An oil worker holds raw sand bitumen near Fort McMurray, on July 9, 2008. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

No to bitumen in B.C.!

Editor:

Hartmut Schmid’s Letter to the Editor on July 11 clearly and concisely points out that “refined feed-stock be shipped across our province” rather than bitumen, which is impossible to clean up even with a world class spill response in place.

I, too, have seen the pipeline preparation in Laidlaw behind a curtain of forest.

We should not allow bitumen to come through our province, (because) as Ms. Asdal says in her July 4 Letter to the Editor, spills happening in this seismic area is (unavoidable). And to have refineries in B.C. to provide jobs for our people as Hartmut Schmid suggests is some kind of compromise and we would benefit from that rather than Alberta getting all the spoils. Indeed, oil spoils.

Ruth Renwick

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