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B.C. should be working to protect own air shed

As published in the Bellingham Herald on 5 August, 2001

Dear Editor:

The Councillor from Abbotsford, B.C.'s letter (The Bellingham Herald, 2 July) raised the issue that SE2 would "spew three tons of pollutants a day into the narrow Whatcom County/Fraser Valley air shed. Toxins from SE2 would affect the air that more than a quarter-million people breathe." She also mentions the air sheds "environmentally sensitive" nature.

The Fraser Valley begins in Richmond, at the mouth of the Fraser River, and the prevailing wind drives the accumulating pollution east towards Abbotsford.

How does Abbotsford view increased natural gas development in the Fraser Valley when the results benefit Canadians? Consider the following statement by B.C. Gas: The pipeline, targeted for construction in 2003, is an expansion of the Southern Crossing Pipeline and will increase the supply of natural gas into southwestern B.C. and help prevent the dramatic increases in gas prices that we experienced last year.

This 24-inch natural gas pipeline will end at Huntingdon, located between Sumas and Abbotsford.

If the Councillor truly wishes to protect the air quality of the Fraser Valley then she should stop the proposed pipeline and institute a moratorium on the expansion of industrial, commercial and residential development in the Fraser Valley.

If the B.C. government does not impose such a moratorium on its own development then it should end its opposition to the SE2 generating facility.

Sheila L. Richardson

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