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  • Energy East pipeline faces new demands from Quebec [View news story]
    K. Ching,

    Thank you for your response and your apology it is gratefully accepted.

    By the way, your cash register icon is an interesting touch.
    Nov 22 08:26 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Energy East pipeline faces new demands from Quebec [View news story]
    K. Ching, You ask "where I am from".
    I'm from a place that believes in a balanced approach to most things, a place where we have the right to be responsible for our own actions, a place where we don't expect the Gov't. to provide for our every need and wish, a place where we make our own way in life and benefit accordingly, where we don't expect something we did not earn, where we believe there are some who through no fault of their own deserve a hand up. We believe protecting the environment to be important but that knee jerk reactions often create a worse problem. We believe if you want to solve a problem you must first identify the cause and solve that, then the problem will usually disappear. We believe if you want the benefits of society you must contribute to it by an amount greater than what you expect to receive.

    Now, where do I live:
    I live in a place where I am surrounded by a segment who seem to believe they can have something for nothing, a place where the Gov't. should solve all problems for us, a place where we want the benefits provided by oil. Nat. Gas and all sorts of things but we don't want to take responsibility for the consequences that may go along with those or for figuring out reasonable and feasible means of minimizing possible consequences. We say; "no oil" but we don't want to give up that which only oil or nat. gas can, at this time, provide. We say no pipelines so we force industry to use a more polluting and riskier method to get the product to us so we can enjoy almost everything we consume and take for granted. We complain and criticize but we offer no solutions. We don't back many of our criticisms with fact. We think we can have everything without having that which is required to create it. When a solution is offered we ignore it because it is too difficult for us to embark on or to comprehend.

    When someone says; no oil, no gas, no pipelines in my back yard, no tankers along our coast I find it annoying because those comments are made by people who could not live without those products or the means of transporting them. If they think it is possible, show us a plausible way that it can be achieved and back it up with some common sense and fact.

    As for the comment; vivre le Quebec libre.
    You may be aware of a federal gov't. program that has been in operation for quite many years whereby the "have" provinces contribute to an equalization fund and the "have" not provinces receive funds from that program. This program has provided a tremendous amount of money to Quebec every year since inception. You can look up the actual values paid in and the amounts paid out to each province if you wish. Much of the wealth Quebec has been receiving has been generated by the oil and gas industry. Also, Quebec has benefited handsomely because a lot of product used by industry in other parts of Canada including the oil and gas industry in the West is and has been manufactured in Quebec. Quebec benefits far more as a province of Canada than I suspect the Quebecois would have you believe. This subject, and the "no pipelines , etc., subjects" are fraught with much more emotion than common sense. I wish we could keep the politics and emotional foolishness off this forum and let us, if we must discuss these here, try to offer alternative solutions if we don't agree with proposed methods of achieving a goal. For example if you don't want a specific pipeline in your area maybe you shouldn't have any pipelines. But no, you still want the pipelines that serve only your needs. Rather selfish don't you think? If the goal of shutting down the oil sands were accomplished do you think it would not hurt the people of Quebec? When products including oil and gas are exported it creates wealth for all Canada not just part of it. Think it through!
    I do not wish to appear offensive but the comments that predicated this diatribe are extremely offensive to many of us. You should be happy to have a pipeline crossing your province that generates wealth directly and indirectly into your province. You should also consider yourself privileged to live in a country that is the envy of people worldwide.
    And no K., I do not live in Alberta!

    Nov 22 03:51 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Energy East pipeline faces new demands from Quebec [View news story]
    K Ching,
    This is not a Quebec political forum, keep your vivre le Quebec libre comments off this site. It is rude and insulting!
    Nov 20 07:55 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • TransCanada CEO rebuts Obama’s claims that Keystone XL no benefit to U.S. [View news story]
    Which is better; prostitutes in the town or drug dealers praying on your kids?
    Nov 18 07:56 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • TransCanada CEO rebuts Obama’s claims that Keystone XL no benefit to U.S. [View news story]
    Nov 18 07:37 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • TransCanada urged by PR firm to launch "smear campaign" against critics [View news story]
    I think it's all about ignorance of fact and emotional rant probably combined with an unknown amount of foreign interest by offshore producers who are concerned about loss of their market.
    Nov 18 01:15 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Suncor Provides A Good Dividend But Not Much Else [View article]

    Have you ever been to any of the oil sands plants and actually saw what you claim? And have you studied how the sands are mined, the oil extracted and how much water is actually used and effectively recycled. Have you looked at the reclamation of land and it's use after reclamation as opposed to it's use prior. Do you know how much oil was seeping into the water streams as a natural occurance before mining the sands ever took place? I really don't believe you have otherwise you might have quite a different view.
    Nov 11 08:55 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Lawyer says Trans Mountain pipeline protesters out to harm Kinder Morgan [View news story]
    Lets close all gas stations in the Vancouver area and see how long it takes for the environmental nut bags to start whining about no gas for their cars and no food on the store shelves.
    Nov 6 07:57 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Keystone XL re-approval in South Dakota draws skepticism [View news story]
    I wonder what would happen if suddenly there were a shortage of gasoline in North America as there was in the early 70's.. Would people still believe we can live without petroleum?
    Oct 28 01:04 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Keystone pipeline alternative embroiled in feud that could kill the project [View news story]
    Trans Canada Pipelines website.
    Oct 26 10:04 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Keystone pipeline alternative embroiled in feud that could kill the project [View news story]
    Well, at least now (as of yesterday ) TRP has received Gov't. approval to proceed with the Coastal Link gas pipeline to the west coast. While it isn't of benefit to oil producers it is a step in the right direction for pipelines.
    Oct 26 11:08 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • TransCanada Shares Appear Overvalued By At Least 20% [View article]
    TransCanada Corporation (TSX: TRP) (NYSE: TRP) (TransCanada) announced today ( Oct. 24/14) that the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) has issued an Environmental Assessment Certificate for the Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project (Coastal GasLink).
    Oct 25 05:30 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Fluor secures Canadian oil sands contract valued at $1.3B [View news story]
    john, would you explain please.

    Sep 24 01:36 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Keystone pipeline debate goes to Nebraska high court [View news story]
    The pipelines are to get the oil to refineries in the US which refine it for domestic US markets. The US is an importer because it has not been able to produce enough to satisfy its own market. It has for years been importing oil from the Middle East and Argentina to satisfy the domestic need. Relying on imports from those areas is risky. A source of supply from a friendly stable area such as Canada is a much safer plan. The KXL pipeline is not planned in order to ship crude from Canada and North Dakota to Asia.
    Sep 17 02:54 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Keystone XL replay haunts Trans Mountain as fight shifts to climate [View news story]
    I have reviewed the references you provide in support of your argument. I now question if you too have read them as I see minimal in them to support your claims. In fact, I see in them statements that refute what you say. for example in your reference "The liquid spilled from pipelines in Canada over the past twelve years is equivalent to three teaspoons dripped out of a gasoline nozzle over the course of 50 fill-ups of 50 litres each". It also states; "5 Litres is the amount of liquid spilled per million litres transported by pipeline in Canada between 2002 and 2013".

    When it comes to polls in BC I suspect if you asked the exact same question of 500 people in the lower mainland region and another 500 people in a more northern area you could expect to get a different response. In fact one of your referenced articles states that.
    You say you are a writer. I expect therefor you are aware that before a newspaper article is published there are a number of questions that must be asked including is it true, etc., but the most important to the owners is "will it sell newspapers?" Although in the mind of some there may well be the thought-- "the truth be-damned, we can always retract"!
    I wonder how some pollsters might handle the challenge of balancing accuracy with the need to satisfy the wishes of their masters?

    Sep 10 10:52 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment