23 Jan '12, 9pm

The best laid plans of cruise ship captains and pipeline builders

Mother Nature might be even more unpredictable. The engineers who built the Fukushima nuclear reactors didn't anticipate that an earthquake and tsunami would undermine the backup cooling systems, or that radioactive debris would be washing ashore here in Canada and the U.S. a year later. Closer to home, an unpredictable chain of events led to the Queen of the North running aground at Gill Island (which just happens to be along one of the proposed tanker routes into Kitimat Harbour ), killing two people and leaving 200,000 litres of fuel on the sunken boat — an underwater disaster waiting to happen. Even though B.C. Ferries had the most up-to date technologies and best practices, unexpected human behaviour caused that crash, undermining their best laid plans. If "best practices" means building a pipeline that pumps thick bitumen across 800 fish-bearing rivers and streams, a...

Full article: http://www.davidsuzuki.org/blogs/healthy-oceans-blog/2012...

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