Letter: Landowners retain reservations about pipeline

To the editor,

I am writing this letter to ‘correct’ a statement, published in the March 1st issue of your newspaper regarding ‘Pipeline cleared through Valemount.” It read: ‘… landowners were satisfied with arrangements made by the company.”

My husband and I are two of the 11 landowners who initially objected to the pipeline expansion project. We wanted a hearing; we were granted one, but were told we could only address the concerns about our piece of property.

I knew it wouldn’t be difficult to come to an agreement with Trans Mountain in that matter, but I am overall against this project – mainly for environmental reasons. I filed two statements of opposition in 2017: the one having to do with our property was addressed, the other seven points I made were totally ignored.

We felt pressured to sign an agreement with Trans Mountain in regards to our land, because our life would be quite disrupted otherwise if the project will go ahead.

The book “6 Degrees,” by Mark Lynas, is explaining the state our planet is in; I would encourage everyone to read it. It’s an eye-opener! There is definitely no time to build another pipeline and to deal with fossil-fuel capitalism for the next 40+ years!

Maria Lerch

Valemount, BC

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