Saturday, August 07, 2010

The North coast tanker debate takes to the pages of the Globe and Mail

The prospect of a lifting of the informal moratorium of tanker traffic on the North coast has become a focus item for the Globe and Mail this week.

The National paper, which features a fair amount of BC coverage these days, examines the latest developments with the controversial idea, including a debate between Gerry Martin of the KT Industrial Development Society and Eric Swanson of the Dogwood Initiative.

Mr. Martin, a long time proponent of development for the Terrace Kitimat corridor outlines his case for a change in the moratorium, emphasizing the need for checks and balances on safety issues.

Mr. Swanson, offers up the environmental side of the debate, suggesting that the moratorium should remain in place as the potential to disrupt vital  ecosystems is too great.

It makes for an interesting review of the talking points of the issue and continues to highlight the Globe and Mail's extensive coverage of the topic which is of great interest to residents of Haida Gwaii and the North coast.

You can view the point counter point discussion with the view from Mr. Martin to lift the moratorium  and the counter argument from Mr. Swanson to make it permanent.

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