Kitimat Calls Out to Enbridge to Address Water Concerns
The District of Kitimat is once again putting the spotlight on Enbridge to address concerns raised by one of its councillors.
Two weeks ago, Councillor Phil Germuth raised the issue of the threat the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline poses on the town's water supply.
During last night's council meeting, Germuth put forward a motion that council send Enbridge a list of questions regarding the measures that are in place to protect the water supply in case of a spill.
"If the Enbridge pipeline is built, a spill within the Kitimat river watershed becomes a reality. The result of a spill occurring in the Kitimat river watershed will mean that the water supply to the District of Kitimat would be completely cut off until the spill is cleaned up. If contaminated water from a pipeline invades our water distribution system, it could weeks, months, or even years to clean the contaminents from the water system, keeping our water supply shut off. I believe this motion goes along with council's position to remain neutral. Nothing in this motion proposes that we be for or against the project, it only asks the pertenent questions."
Council rejected Germuth's motion by a 4 to 3 margin because the proposed questions to be sent to Enbridge only had the input of one council member.
Majority of the councillors felt that all of them should have a say in the questions being asked.
A new motion was accepted moments later, requiring all councillors to have a look over the questions and add their input before sending them off to Enbridge.
Council also agreed that the answers to the questions should be held in the form of a public presentation sometime in the near future.