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Not if but WHEN
Pipelines break, period. The environmental impact NEVER fully ends. Is the destruction of the flora/fauna of BC's forest/coastal waters worth the damage WHEN there is a oil spill/tanker spill!?!

— Joseph Pfenex Greenlay
Environment is priority No. 1
The economy is NOT now and will never be more important than the environment. The environment is more preciousness than all the money in the world, especially Here in B.C. Big industry and natural resource exploitation will destroy our environment and once that's done it's too late. You have a chance to decide, too bad I think that's a lesson that will be learned the hard way. I feel sorry for Kevin Kurjat's son, while his dad lines his pockets in Dawson because it's booming with the gas fracking, his son will grow up to see the aftermath of that near-sighted decision.

— Mike
Keep B.C. beautiful
If we want to continue to be called 'Beautiful BC' then NO !! Not only pipelines & oil tankers but liquified natural gas pipelines and their ships as well!

There are other ways to utilize our natural resources rather than shipping it to other countries!!

— Barb Shawn
It's not either/or
I don't see why it always has to be "either/or". Yes, developing our natural resources whether it be forestry, mining or LNG is important to our economy and well-being of B.C. families — the jobs and products/services are vital. However, we need the political/public will to develop these in ways that don't decimate our environment/wildlife/water and land. There's still so much profit to be made for corporations and government even after researching and developing methods that work for everyone. The rush to exploit the LNG opportunities is badly thought out, as the present plan stands. Even site C, contentious in its own right, won't supply what these plants will require, especially in the numbers being tossed about. And changing wording in the Clean Energy Act to include natural gas as a "clean energy source" doesn't make it true (since part of the scheme is now that the plants can burn some of their own natural gas to provide power to produce LNG). We need a leader/government who is willing to take tough stands on making sure things are done right, not just expediently. It is abundantly clear to me that Clark et al. are NOT the answer.

— Justa Voter
Creating a pipeline crisis
Let’s see! 50 years ago oil pipelines created a lot of employment all over North America. Those workers are old or dead now, and the old pipelines are also decayed, leaking and must be replaced.

We are creating a pipeline crisis that politicians and oil companies won’t acknowledge. If we can’t afford to replace the old, leaky pipelines how can we even think about building new ones?

— Sue Brown
Process it here
The benefits of tourism far outweigh the benefits of the oil industry... one mistake (human error and/or intentional terrorism would be a costly. Instead of investing in an oil pipeline, Canada should be investing in solar and electric car initiatives and cross Canada rapid transit rail like Japan's system.

Another option is to process the oil here in Canada thus creating CANADIAN jobs and lower our own gas prices!!!

— Anita Swan
Meeting world demand
I don't agree that tourism is BC's biggest industry. It's the resources we have that our biggest industry and asset. Tourism is important, but it ebbs and flows with the tides. The resources we have are what the world needs today and every day.

— Neeny
Still not convinced
I understand those who say that it would be good for the economy BUT until someone can prove that they can build a much safer system than that is in place today so we can not take the risk of destroying the environment further. Instead of continually spending dollars to get us as Canadians to support it the dollars would be much better spent on finding a way to make it safe so that I could support the venture.

— Bob Barten
Invest in ecological research
Full speed ahead and damn the horses aye? That seems to be current thought. Rape all our resources as fast and inefficiently as possible for profit. There are lots of more ecological ways to go. Invest in ecological research for sustainable energy sources that don't pollute and employ people in that field to produce product to generate revenue.

— Avis Ruthven
Don't make B.C. a 'have not'
Thank god that the NDP are being exposed for what they are ...not good for business. They bankrupted the province once and we are going to let them do it again???

Sorry, we are resource-based and if you do not develop these resources, we will be a "have not" province again.

— seawhich1
Ruining our middle class
To the people that say we need to do this and we need the money. Look at our parents generation, they prospered and as a whole lived a far better standard of living than this generation. We need to keep our resources at home, make our own products and create long term jobs. Selling out our resources and manufacturing sector has ruined our middle class, is scaring our landscape and hollowing our souls. Tell the leaders to sell the world our own products and ingenuity. Canada is so much better than dirty oil, logs and other raw unprocessed resources.

— Jeff Congram
Can't pay debts with debt

A business or your household would not survive economically if we paid for debts by incurring more debt. Only a politician finds this acceptable because their actions have no personal consequences.

Investing in a viable business like LNG industry will pay off for all the citizens of BC.

— Greg Sloan

What are our leaders missing?

Seems like everyone is asking the same question and the same answer is always given. NO, NO,NO! Are the people in charge children? Why do they not understand? The answer is not going to change! No matter how long it is drawn out for, and no matter how many "rules" are mapped out that will 'have' to be followed. Which in itself is a joke. We are a more aware people. Aware of our human or inhuman actions and how they impact our environment. Even children are being taught how we impact the earth and how it can be positive or negative. As a whole, people are teaching their children, why are our leaders so dismissive of a negative decision? Why are they not listening? What the hell is wrong with them!

— Elizabeth Stewart-Melanson

B.C. left on the hook
Absolutely not. The costs of a spill would wipe out years of gain, leaving B.C. on the hook to clean up the mess and deal with the effects for years to come. They're still cleaning up in Michigan and have been caught time and time again trying to "cover up" rather than "clean up". Send it East to Canadian refineries.

— Riddley Walker
Have some common sense
How anyone with any semblance of intelligence can possibly believe that yet another threat to our already besieged environment could be traded off for the price of a share in the dirty profits offered by Big Oil is unfathomable.

B.C. residents who have had the opportunity to experience the beauty of our coastal waters could only revile any government decision to undertake such a cynical and foolish gamble that would undoubtedly lead to disastrous outcomes, given the number of oil tankers that would be using our B.C. waterways.

This is a critical time when common sense must prevail and not be overshadowed by greed-driven corporations that will sacrifice any and all of our natural environments for the sake of profit.

— Clayten Ranger
Speaking of...

Speaking of going green (pun intended), if we out half the money into building up localized resource economies such as Hemp( excellent non food fuel source as well as exceptional building material), solar, wind, etc as we do into allowing multinational companies to extract our resources /wealth we could solve both the job and environmental concerns.

— Eduardo Sanchez

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