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PETERS – Are we a country or aren’t we?

(Image: Kinder Morgan)

THE FUNDAMENTAL QUESTION of the Trans Mountain debate doesn’t really have anything to do with how the pipeline expansion will impact the environment.

Almost all environmental impacts are hypothetical – they may or may not happen, but aren’t assured.

The added pipeline capacity will surely result in some bitumen being diverted from diesel-spewing, derailment-prone rail transport to underground pipeline transport.

However, studies show crude oil transport by rail will increase markedly in the next 20 years anyway, even with the new pipeline capacity.

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James Peters is the radio anchor at CFJC, coming to Kamloops in 2006. He anchors the afternoon news on B-100 and 98.3 CIFM, and contributes weekly editorials to the CFJC Evening News. He tweets regularly @Jamloops.

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About Mel Rothenburger (5567 Articles)
ArmchairMayor.ca is a forum about Kamloops and the world. It has more than one million views. Mel Rothenburger is the former Editor of The Daily News in Kamloops, B.C. (retiring in 2012), and past mayor of Kamloops (1999-2005). At ArmchairMayor.ca he is the publisher, editor, news editor, city editor, reporter, webmaster, and just about anything else you can think of. He is grateful for the contributions of several local columnists. This blog doesn't require a subscription but gratefully accepts donations to help defray costs.

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