HERE’S A straight-forward question.
Supposing, five or 10 years from now, the oil pipeline that runs through Westsyde splits a seam or whatever it is pipeiines do when they break, and there’s a major spill that damages or destroys homes and might even put lives at risk.
If you were a City councillor at the time, would you rather be able to say:
(a) We asked the Canada Energy Regulator (formerly National Energy Board) to order Trans Mountain to decommission the pipeline but the CER didn’t do it.
(b) We thought about asking the CER to order Trans Mountain to decommission the pipeline but we decided it was none of our business.
That’s the way Coun. Denis Walsh sees his notice of motion that will be debated at Tuesday’s City council meeting.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops, former school board chair, former editor of The Kamloops Daily News, and a current director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He was awarded the Jack Webster Foundation’s lifetime achievement award in 2011 and was a 2019 Commentator of the Year finalist in the Webster Awards. His editorials are published Monday through Thursdays, and Saturdays on CFJC Today, CFJC Midday and CFJC Evening News. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.