I’ve been known, periodically, to throw the odd barb out there and see if a snicker or even chuckle might be generated. So, the first time I hear Kinder Morgan I thought it might be the name of a law firm.
Maybe, a new type of wine.
Sorry for the comedic attempt, though perhaps there are a few interesting sidebars from those uneducated comments.
When the Kinder Morgan pipeline and its potential development became a hot topic, Premier Rachel Notley briefly suggested Albertans, despite our unusually warm weather creating unquenchable thirsts, shouldn’t sip British Columbia wine. No way.
But there’s my wine.
And now British Columbia, it seems, faces having the oil taps turned off. It’s a complicated case, which reporters are covering with much more knowledge and understanding of the issue than this keyboard’s operator.
It is, however, interesting.
In fact, the entire Kinder Morgan Pipeline has the potential for being a game changer — not only for Alberta, but Canada as a country heading into the future.
I understand there is opposition. It’s always there, lingering, no matter how positive the issue is.
Truthfully, I really haven’t thought of the Kinder Morgan pipeline. Sure, I knew it was there and, with the deadline looming of whether or not the deal would get done, I knew, as an Albertan and a Canadian I needed to be more engaged.
Thank you, Nick Purdon.
Recognize that name? The first time I heard Purdon’s voice 2008 when a friend suggested I listen to Afhganada on CBC Radio One. It was a half-hour radio drama, chronicling Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan.
As a radio lover, I found the show compelling. Purdon was the host who introduced each show and then named the cast at its conclusion.
Purdon’s voice: it was one I could instantly trust.
So when I saw a promo of Purdon driving from Edmonton to Vancouver, the pipeline’s route, Monday night on The National I dusted off the record button on the PVR machine.
Purdon’s piece doesn’t get much better, interviewing both sides of the story. (I’ll share the link at the bottom of this column which I have on my blog.)
We hear from business owners and First Nations chiefs. We hear from Charles Hayes, a farmer in the interior of B.C. We hear from an operator of a gondola in Jasper where the pipeline zig zags through.
After Purdon’s 11-minute piece I became convinced any shadow of a doubt we drastically need the Kinder Morgan pipeline.
We need it as a province. We need it as a nation.
We’re seeing the aging population growing at an incredible rate. Those people are our pioneers and deserve to be treated with dignity and care … and, that comes with a cost.
The pipeline can sustain that need.
I’m a grandparent. I think of my three young grandsons and worry, at times, of the future they will experience. The pipeline can help that, too.
It’s interesting how an afterthought has become a passion. And, there’s no comedic relief.
PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR THE NICK PURDON PIECE