It’s not about what’s in one’s jurisdiction. It’s about finding the humanity in one’s decision making process. A Health Impact Assessment by an Independent Third Party should be required for the whole coal corridor – From White Rock to Texada Island.
The fear is in what the data will reveal. Proponents of this proposal are saying that their are no risks to the public and that it should be allowed to proceed. But I believe the real issue here is bigger than just our concerns with the proposal to ship US Thermal Coal through BC Communities. What if the health impact assessment comes back showing that there are indeed risks that need to be mitigated? How does this then look for the BC Coal Industry? This is their fear. I have been told by a politician that this will open up pandora’s box and that it essentially is better left closed. So this person is telling us that it is better not to know the truth and to protect the Coal Industry as a whole, instead of doing the right thing, gathering the most current scientific data, and trying to make things work so that there is a balance between health and business. Are we saying that both cannot exist together? Are we saying here that one must go forward blindly and that ignorance is bliss?
I do not accept that. Nor should the over 100+ schools within the coal corridor of this proposal.