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July 15, 2016 4:57 P.M.
Oil 'sweeper' used in second and third years of cleanup at Kalamazoo River in Michigan. (Michell BorlandSmith photo)

Can you imagine the fear and confusion of waking up in the morning to find the fresh air of Kamloops suddenly full of toxic fumes? Or the desperation as you, your children, your parents, friends, neighbours and pets develop headaches and begin to cough and feel nauseous, dizzy and fatigued?  

How about your anger, grief and worry upon learning that you have to evacuate your homes because the fumes to which you and your family have been exposed include cancer-causing benzene?  

Trap used to check for oily debris and dead animals. (Michell BorlandSmith)

Residents of Calhoun and Kalamazoo counties in Michigan experienced this and much more six years ago when a diluted bitumen pipeline of the type Kinder Morgan wants to construct through Kamloops ruptured, spilling between three and four million litres of diluted bitumen into their communities and the Kalamazoo River.

We are a former resident of Calhoun County, Michigan (who experienced the spill there) and a Kamloops mom.  We don’t ever want the people of Kamloops to suffer through what residents of Calhoun and Kalamazoo counties have had to deal with.

Unfortunately, the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline would put Kamloops residents, the Thompson River and the Kamloops economy at unnecessary risk of something very similar. You have an opportunity to raise these and other concerns at the public meetings that the Government of Canada’s Ministerial Panel on the Kinder Morgan pipeline proposal is holding in Kamloops this July 19 and 20.  

The Kinder Morgan pipeline has not been approved and can be stopped. The sparse and fleeting benefits it might bring to Kamloops are far outweighed by the risks.

Please take action now to defend your community and environment! The meetings take place at the Irving K. Barber Centre at Thompson Rivers University. The exact schedule for the meetings in Kamloops and other BC communities can be found at http://mpmo.gc.ca/measures/272.

MICHELL BORLANDSMITH

Former resident of Calhoun County, Michigan

GINA MORRIS

Kamloops Moms For Clean Air

 

K-town Sarah says:
July 19, 2016 12:06pm

Thank you for standing up for us - I don't want this dirty pipeline anywhere near my kids.

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Earl Richards says:
July 19, 2016 07:30am

The toxic, tar sands should not be permitted pass the AB/BC border to reach Kamloops. Kinder Morgan and their responders have no world-class equipment to clean-up a spill. Google and read, Enbridge's, Kalamazoo River disaster. We do not want this type of disaster to happen near Kamloops. Let's keep beautiful British Columbia.

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K-town Sarah says:
July 18, 2016 10:46am

Thank you for standing up for us - I don't want this dirty pipeline anywhere near my kids.

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bubba says:
July 15, 2016 08:43pm

Do you drive a car or truck?

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