Burnaby City Councillor calls out Mayor Ackerman over address to British Columbians

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman recently wrote a letter in the Vancouver Sun to address B.C. citizens regarding the Oil and Gas sector.

The ad from the City of Fort St. John didn’t sit well with one City Councillor from Burnaby.

Sav Dhaliwal sent a letter of his own to Mayor Ackerman, saying the letter she wrote “smacks of a lecture”.

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In her letter, Mayor Ackerman started with a headline that wasn’t true but was meant to make people think. That headline was “USA stops importing Canadian oil and gas”.

Dhaliwal goes on to compare some headlines of his own to hers.

“In the same vein, here is another headline for you to ponder: “Oil tank at Kinder Morgan’s tank farm in Burnaby bursts open.” It is not a current headline either, but, unlike yours, it could be.

Another possible headline: “Tank farm in Burnaby explodes.” Again, not a current headline, but it could be. One shudders at the thought.

Considering a staggering 5.6 million barrels of highly combustible bitumen stored 24-7 in densely populated residential and industrial area in a large urban centre. That is roughly equivalent to seven, fully loaded, Aframax tankers! Please do a little research, Mayor Ackerman, and you will find how catastrophic such an accident could be.”

He ends his letter inviting Ackerman to come to Burnaby to take a tour of the proposed expanded tank farm.

“Before you dismiss these real life-threatening concerns out of hand, Mayor Ackerman, I invite you to come down to Burnaby. I would be happy to walk you around the proposed expanded tank farm that you are expecting us to live in the shadows of 24 hours a day, every day of the week – each morning hoping and praying that there be no headlines this day about the tank farm accident in Burnaby or an oil tanker spill in Burrard Inlet.”

Mayor Ackerman was not immediately available for comment.

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