March 1, 2016
In their op-ed of January 21st, 2016, Messrs. D’Avignon and Finlayson, (Read op-ed here) respectively the CEO and Executive VP of the Business Council of British Columbia, state that it is time for a mature conversation on oil exports against the backdrop of current economic realities.
As a group of retired Professional Engineers who have spent the past four years participating in the reviews of the Trans Mountain and Northern Gateway projects, we agree with their statement.
The authors rightly point out that the world demand for energy continues to grow and that the majority of this growth will be driven by India and China. They also state that Canada does an excellent job regulating its oil and gas industry, and that if we don’t help to fill this growing demand, countries with less stringent standards will step forward and take our place.
They ask: How does the world benefit if Canada says ‘No’? It is a fair question, and one that deserves debate. Read the Letter here!