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