Description doesn’t hold water

According to columnist Tom Fletcher, something that hasn’t happened, apparently can never happen

I think the operative word that eludes Tom Fletcher’s description of the recent spill and cleanup of oil in English Bay is “preparedness”.  He derides just about everyone who might have a criticism of our current federal government policies regarding the west coast in general, because disaster after disaster hasn’t piled upon itself like so many ship wrecks on the rocks.

In his own words: “It’s been two years, and nobody has [drowned]”– this in regard to the closing of Kitsilano Coast Guard station.  Likewise, the recent oil spill can be considered a trial run for “the big one” (not the earthquake/tsunami big one), as tanker traffic is ramped up, even as resources to battle what some people call the inevitable (not Mr. Fletcher though) are reduced.

The English Bay spill was 3,000 litres.  A supertanker spill could be as much as 300,000 barrels.  Are we prepared for that?  From the example of  the Exxon Valdez in Prince William Sound, Alaska (250,000 barrels), we are not ready for much more than a ship casually pumping out its ballast.

But, according to Mr. Fletcher, because it hasn’t happened, it apparently can never happen.  The “hysteria” surrounding our wee oil spill is nothing more than shrieking “the sky is falling, the sky is falling”.  To interpret his response to media/public responses over the oil spill, if we apply it to the schools across this province, there is no need for earthquake upgrades – because there hasn’t yet been a school that has collapsed from an earthquake.

Richard Weatherill

Saanich

 

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