Somewhere at some time there will be a leak from oil pipeline

One thing is certain, though. Someday, maybe not today or tomorrow, but some day down the road something will go wrong.

Open letter to Kelowna residents:

Re: Northern Gateway Pipeline.

I will try to keep this letter short, because it doesn’t take many words to speak the truth.

About a year ago I moved to Kelowna. I moved here to find work as an apprentice electrician and I’ve come to love your sandy beaches in the summer and Big White in the winter. However, I will never forget where I’m from.

I was born and raised in Terrace B.C. I have many friends there. My parents still live there. Now that area faces a huge threat: The Northern Gateway Pipeline.

If you’ve ever been there you’ll know just how beautiful, wild and pristine it is. If you haven’t been there I suggest you check it out.

If the pipeline goes ahead, sure it might be fine. It might create lasting jobs. It might even be fine for years to come, who knows. One thing is certain, though. Someday, maybe not today or tomorrow, but some day down the road something will go wrong. Oil will be spilled on that coastline or somewhere along that pipeline. My home town will be devastated. Then what?

I admit, I don’t know every single detail about the pipeline. But I do know that if something sounds wrong, looks wrong and feels wrong, it probably is wrong.

I don’t know if this letter will actually reach that many of you. I doubt it will even persuade your feelings on this issue one way or the other, (most people’s minds are already made up). I realise Kelowna is a long way from Terrace, but you still live in BC so this does affect you. So, when asked about the pipeline, please just take a second to consider exactly what’s at stake.

Thanks for your time.

Silvie Giannelia,

Kelowna

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