If the two colonies of Vancouver Island and Vancouver, having just amalgamated into British Columbia, had insisted that the agreed upon conditions of Confederation with Canada were adhered to, then there would be no need to be looking for pipeline routes from Alberta to the west coast now.
The railway line via Bute Inlet from the YellowHead and Yoho Pass would have been connected to Esquimalt as the western terminus.
Esquimalt WAS the designated terminus for CPR. They ran out of money because they put a bid in too low.... and still received 20,000 acres either side of the right-of-way for every mile completed.
Vancouver??? Port Moody?????? not even on the map back then. The pioneers knew the lay of the land.
Washington Group has gone from being a bit player to a major actor on the British Columbia scene, just remember that they are now the sole owners of the old E & N railway line on Vancouver Island which WAS a condition of Confederation, and was delivered. A line from nowhere (Na-Nai-Mo) to nowhere (Vic-Tor-Ia) carrying coal resources.
There's no guarantee that the 30 year, $8 billion, 17 vessel contract will be completed, let alone start, but a North Vancouver marine facility will, and it will be used to build a new corridor, a major highway, a rail route, and pipeline. BC Hydro will divert before Seymour Narrows and strike south towards Gibson and then hook into the Smart Grid for Vancouver.
The Dogwood Initiative has a Post on Texada Island being the recipients of a brand new LNG fired Thermal Plant (electricity) but BC Hydro has said "NO!!!".
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The old Bute Inlet method, the one that Canadian negotiators agreed upon, so too did the Members of Parliament (MP), but were stymied by "Wallin and Duffy"'s SENATOS who turned the deal down, and the CPR ended up in Vancouver. The Senate shenanigans haven't changed to having open minds in over a 150 years!
BBC Post: If Kitimat LNG tanks, will Texada Island LNG take over? and it has
The Washington Group is going down a different path than the embattled Enbridge and Kinder-Enron-Morgan companies whereby they are trying to run roughshod over the public and private land owners. The Coquihalla Highway also houses a Pipeline, soon to be doubled in volume (Kinder Morgan). Enbridge, who have proved how efficient they are in creating crude oil spills and then spend more money on public relations than on the ACTUAL cleanup, have won round one with the NEB, but.... not the public.
What's to stop the Washington Group from using their Rail Right-of-Way for a pipeline, from Port Alberni to Williams Lake or bypass them and head straight up to Prince George to the heart of British Columbia? They already own Esquimalt to Courtenay and tees off at Parksville to Port Alberni's Port, with a clear run out to the Pacific Ocean. No Douglas Channel. No Burrard Inlet either.
A Bonus: BC Ferries money losing sailings out of Port Hardy to Prince Rupert will be taken over by Private interests..... like the "interest" that has been proven in the lucrative rail trips between Vancouver to Whistler.... which was formerly run by BC Rail.
Second Bonus: BC Ferries trips to Vancouver Island will shift operations to Delta and then proceed to Island hopping in the Gulf Islands and then bridging to the BIG Island.
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