Opinion

Let's make use of our natural resources

Editor:  I am appalled by the many frivolous lawsuits filed against the Northern Gateway pipeline project by various interest groups.

If these groups had lived in the 1880s, when the Canadian Pacific Railway tunnels were chiselled through the Rocky Mountains, or in the 1950s and 1960s, when the Trans-Canada Highway, the longest in the world today, was built  — neither would have seen the light of day.

We would still be living in the horse and buggy days today.

Think of how many things these resources are used for. There is gasoline, oil and diesel for transportation, building materials, clothing and countless other items we use today.

What if these conveniences were cut off to us? Yet, how stable is the supply we get from Iraq?

The Northern Gateway pipeline allows Canada to become an energy superpower, by pumping an estimated 525,000 barrels of oil each day. Canada would establish self-sufficiency, create more  jobs and vastly improve economic conditions.

Developing natural resources is called progress. They are put there to be used wisely, not to be disregarded.

Gertie Pool,

Abbotsford

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