The Councillor from Abbotsfords B.C.'S letter (The Bellingham Herald, 2 July) raised the issue that
SE2 would "spew three tons of pollutants a day into the narrow Whatcom County/Fraser Valley air shed. Toxins from SE2
would affect the air that more than a quarter-million people breathe." She also mentions the air sheds "environmentally
The Fraser Valley begins in Richmond, at the mouth of the Fraser River, and the prevailing
wind drives the accumulating pollution east towards Abbotsford.
How does Abbotsford view increased natural gas development
in the Fraser Valley when the results benefit Canadians? Consider the following statement by B.C. Gas: The pipeline, targeted
for construction in 2003, is an expansion of the Southern Crossing Pipeline and will increase the supply of natural gas into
southwestern B.C. and help prevent the dramatic increases in gas prices that we experienced last year.
natural gas pipeline will end at Huntingdon, B.C., located between Sumas and Abbotsford.
If the Councilor truly
wishes to protect the air quality of the Fraser Valley then she should stop the proposed pipeline and institute a moratorium
on the expansion of industrial, commercial and residential development in the Fraser Valley.
If the B.C. government
does not impose such a moratorium on its own development then it should end its opposition to the SE2 generating facility.
Sheila L. Richardson