People back east demand that those of us who don’t want the Northern Gateway pipeline explain what we really want.
In the tradition of Jonathan Swift (Gulliver’s Travels) here is my option to the problem. I call it the Southern Gateway. Alberta’s Flat Earth Society who don’t understand mountainous terrain (living on flat terrain as they do) will like this idea.
We run the pipeline along the Yellowhead Highway to Prince George. We then veer it south through Cariboo Country following closely beside the Fraser River. In the Hell’s Gate region the pipeline would have to be suspended above the Fraser Canyon and then dropped wherever the river flows.
Once in the Lower Mainland the pipeline would come by False Creek to docks where it’s sludge would be loaded onto tankers and would sail away to China.
Well you should have heard the howls of protest from people I know in Terrace and Vancouver. This idea produces such emotion; they either don’t understand satire or they’re just too emotional.
I think this is a better idea than burying the pipeline in the Nass lava beds. Volcanic eruptions act just like massive earthquakes.