Ask peo­ple of Michi­gan

The Daily Courier - - OPINION -

Dear edi­tor: In your ed­i­to­rial of April 11, you took the stance that the fed­eral govern­ment should be able to force prov­inces to ac­cept projects that they ob­ject to.

Fur­ther you say “Al­berta has a prod­uct but B.C. is say­ing you can’t sell it.”

The is­sue isn’t about sell­ing a prod­uct, it’s about forc­ing B.C. to ac­cept, in our ma­rine habi­tat, a prod­uct that if spilled can’t be cleaned up.

There was a spill of this same oil into the Kala­ma­zoo River in Michi­gan and seven years later much of it has not been re­cov­ered. Di­luted bi­tu­man (dil­bit) does not act like reg­u­lar oil that floats and can be skimmed of the sur­face, within a short time it sinks to the bot­tom.

The EPA or­dered the oil com­pany to dredge the river bot­tom and still there is an es­ti­mated 80,000 bar­rels that have not been re­cov­ered. Type “Kala­ma­zoo oil spill” in your search and be ed­u­cated on B.C.’s ob­jec­tions to this prod­uct be­ing forced into our Habi­tat.

No B.C. res­i­dent aware of the dan­ger is go­ing to ac­cept that risk and nei­ther should the edi­tor, you should be sup­port­ing our pre­mier in his sci­en­tific stand on the is­sue.

Larry Calvin

Kelowna

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