Are Harper and his ilk just born liars? Can their warped, Born Again brains even recognize truth?
Courtesy of The Tyee, the latest Northern Gateway pipeline outrage. It now turns out that pipeline is designed to carry 60% more toxic sludge bitumen than claimed that could translate into many hundreds of additional tankers passing through British Columbia's coastal waters.
"Prime Minister Stephen Harper may need to do more than rush these projects through under cover of legislative shelter.
"Particularly when British Columbians learn the true magnitude of what these projects mean for tanker traffic.
"So far, Kinder Morgan has told us their twinned pipeline proposal would expand capacity from 300,000 barrels per day and 71 tankers a year to 850,000 barrels per day and more than five times the tankers.
"That's an oil tanker a day transiting Burrard Inlet.
"We've also been told that Enbridge's Northern Gateway project represents 525,000 barrels a day of crude oil flowing along the pipeline into Kitimat, and 193,000 barrels a day of condensate flowing along a pipeline in the other direction, out of Kitimat. Every year, 220 tankers will navigate the difficult and vulnerable Douglas Channel in order to pick up raw crude and drop off toxic condensate.
"What most people don't know is Northern Gateway has been designed to carry 60 per cent more crude oil and 40 per cent more condensate -- all that's required is an increase in pumping power along the pipeline route.
"... More crude, more condensate, more tankers, more risk -- way more risk.
"Hidden in the thousands of pages of evidence filed with the National Energy Board is Enbridge's intended capacity expansion plan. It's imbedded in an answer to a National Energy Board Joint Review Panel question requesting "a detailed description of the potential expansion scenarios which could be possible by adding additional pump stations and pumping facilities."
"Enbridge notes in their documents that "these expansion scenarios and associated facilities are not part of the applied for project... any future expansion scenarios and associated facilities beyond the applied for project would be the subject of future regulatory application."
"But there is no mandatory hearing requirement for modifications to existing pipeline systems. The legislation is very clear on this, as are NEB publications. 'Hearings are not required for additions to existing systems.'"