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Safer than trains, Cheam First Nation chief makes the pitch for a pipeline extension

Tamara Pimentel
There are dozens of chiefs that support the Trans Mountain pipeline – but there are few like Ernie Crey who will openly talk about it.

Crey is the chief of the Cheam First Nation, a community that sits about 100 kilometres east of Kinder Morgan’s Burnaby Terminal, the current epicentre of opposition to the pipeline.

According to Crey, the Trans Mountain pipeline has run through his community since 1953 and there has not been an incident in that time.

At the moment a train carrying Alberta bitumen runs through Cheam every 30 minutes – Crey says he’d rather have a pipeline running through his community than a train loaded with Alberta bitumen.

But not everyone is on board.

Some in the community don’t want the pipeline extension.





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4 Responses to “Safer than trains, Cheam First Nation chief makes the pitch for a pipeline extension”

    lyle zaksauskas April 25, 2018 at 4:12 am #

    Arthur M Dick appears to me your either retired, an environmentally inclined or your occupation has nothing to do with the oil industry. Now there is a chance you don’t like North Eastern BC, Alberta or Saskatchewan residents or worse yet are living south of the border and enjoy seeing that cheap oil being shipped USA side. Let me assure you that a lot more people than myself are concerned about another issue. The USA is making $millions of dollars with cheap oil and without that pipeline they will continue to bleed us dry. The oil making the coast by rail has a by far larger chance of environmental damage than a pipeline would face. Reading an article there is more panmax traffic entering the terminal than would be exiting. In other words Canadians need to work and oil is a huge employer. The longer those pipelines are being held up the farther we fall behind other countries as a supplier.

      Valerie Harrison April 26, 2018 at 6:01 pm #

      You are so wrong Lyle. How could more tankers enter the harbor than leave? I live here and do not see a pileup of tankers. There are far fewer people employed in oil than those here in fishing and tourism who would be affected by a spill in these waters. The risks are 7x greater with 7x the tanker traffic. Keep the existing pipeline flowing but no more. If the pipeline goes through it will change the political landscape in Canada for the worse for decades.

    Arthur M Dick April 24, 2018 at 6:09 pm #

    this is not just a pipeline concern. The people living on the coast have an entire livelihood at stake. So much more diverse industries at stake. People who have already lined their pockets with dirty money will defend themselves because the money well will dry up.

    RichardKudra April 24, 2018 at 7:02 am #

    He doesn’t answer any questions at all.
    Total BS!
    ASK on his FB .
    You’ll see the real dismisive tactics of a cede’r … not a leader.