If the land were privately owned, the owner of the property could be ordered to clean it up, unfair but true. The problem here is that the land is Crown Land, owned by the Province of British Columbia.
So even if the concerned citizens raised the money to hire trucks and equipment and volunteered their labour, they don't have permission to proceed.
In our current political climate in this province, that seems as elusive as the cougars that live here.
The company spokesperson has stated that that pipe was inspected May 5th and passed.
California has mined its petroleum for decades, but has changed policy since a spill in 1969. Offshore drilling is now banned, but the state only has jurisdiction for the first three miles of coastal waters. Oil rigs are located outside their jurisdiction.
This latest spill will serve to increase opposition to Royal Dutch Shell’s bid to drill in the Arctic. Those opposing more petroleum pipelines being built will also stiffen their resolve to oppose them. Canadians are facing proposals to add more pipeline capacity as well as new pipelines in order to ship bitumen to overseas markets.
Some environmentalists are taking up the mantra – A solar spill is described as a very nice day.
Currently there is an investigation and trial ongoing in British Columbia in which a couple, John Nuttall and Amanda Korody are accused of plotting to blow up the legislative buildings in Victoria, BC. They are further accused of conspiracy to commit murder, of possessing explosives on behalf of terrorists and of planting pressure cooker type bombs on the legislative grounds.
Unknown to Nuttall and Korody, the ‘jihadists’ that they met were undercover police. The bombs were duds.
According to Public Safety Canada, they are aware of at least 80 people who have returned to Canada after travelling to areas where terrorists operate. They have some information of extremist travellers’ fate, but all are male. It is know that some young women travel to join the jihadists. At least one apprehended on Tuesday was female. No information on young women.
Some Canadian Extremist Travellers
· Xristos Katsiroubas, dead
· Ali Medlej, dead
· Mahad Ali Dhore, presumed dead
· Ali Mohamed Dirie, presumed dead
· Damian Clairmont, presumed dead
· Andre Poulin, presumed dead
· Hassan El Hajj Hassan, wanted for murder in Bulgaria
Victoria Times Colonist
Public Safety Canada
Omar Khadr granted bail
The extent of torture that he was exposed to is unknown, but in video of him being interviewed by Canadian representatives, he is pleading for medical care.
While Khadr was imprisoned the US changed a law that made it a war crime to oppose US troops. The firefight took place in Afghanistan where the US military was the invading force.
Canadian courts have consistently ruled that Khadr’s rights as a Canadian citizen were violated.
Khadr pleaded guilty to murder and war crimes in a plea-bargain session August 9, 2010. I would like to remind people that those American pilots downed and captured in N. Vietnam 45 years ago confessed to dreadful crimes while being held in inhumane conditions too. People captured by Al Qaeda operatives have confessed to amazing crimes while being held outside the law as well.
We cannot know how Omar Khadr will fare in our modern Canadian society, whether he will be a model citizen or not. If we value the rule of law in this country, then we must respect what those entrusted with our justice system have decided.
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