Pipeline battle is regrettably ridiculous

Dear editor,

We have quite a situation in British Columbia.

The new premier, John Horgan (leader of the NDP-Green minority government), spent considerable time before deciding not to cancel the new hydro power dam development (Site C) which is half finished and projected to cost about $10 billion (much higher than first estimated).

But, we have learned only recently that B.C. is negotiating a contract with its neighbour, Alberta, for purchase of Site C power to be exported to Alberta to the value of $500 million per year. What a great deal for B.C.; it will recover the full cost of the generating plant in just 20 years!

But, coincident with this, our premier is taking steps to disallow this same neighbour to export its main product (oil; the backbone of Alberta’s economy) to foreign buyers through B.C. and its coastal waters, to the Pacific Ocean.

We have quite a ridiculous, regrettable situation in British Columbia.

Ralph Moore

Qualicum Beach

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