Another anti-tarsands voice
Another voice is being heard among the chorus of those opposed to the pipeline transportation of tar sands oil from Alberta to Quebec.
While there is no risk-free method of transporting oil, pipelines are thought to be the safest -- certainly safer than rail transport of oil. One need only think of Megantic. But Quebec's Socio-Economic Research Institute says the Enbridge pipeline reversal project to carry oil from the Alberta tarsands to Quebec is still a bad idea. Institute reasearcher Renaud Gignac says comparing pipelines and trains leads to a false debate. He says there will continue to be pressure for more rail-transport of oil, regardless of the success or failure of the Enbridge project.
Moreover, says Gignac, the Enbridge pipeline project, subject to public hearings in Quebec, would be far more polluting that any non-pipeline or non-tarsand alternative because of the energy needed to run pumping stations all along the pipeline.