Letters: Groeneveld column on Mount Polley all wrong

Dear Editor,

Bob Groeneveld’s column on the Mount Polley breach is filled with innuendo and assumptions and is short on fact [Stewards actually administrators, Aug. 19 Odd Thoughts, Langley Advance].

For example, his statement that the “ministry’s missives” were filled with words of encouragement… in fact, the missives turned out to be correct, and the situation was not as bad as first thought.

At least they attempted to inform on a regular basis. Imagine the outcry if they did not!

He goes on to state that we were lucky, no thanks to Imperial Metals or the Government, yet the cause of the breach is as yet unknown and will be determined by independent review.

Thus his statement is assumptive, at best, biased at worst.

Of course, the environment is used (“exploited”) by business and government, as well.

Almost everything you use every day – including newsprint – is as a result of using the environment. Without the exploitation of the environment, Groeneveld would likely not have a job.

Yet he uses the innuendo of “business” as though it is a bad thing. It is business that provides employment.

He may have the opinion that the five conditions laid down by the Clark government would not have been brought forward if not for the election, but like the rest of his random thoughts, it is only opinion, and not a known fact.

Alberta does have it right: we are one country, and the natural resources ought to be exploited and used for the good of Canada, not held hostage by petty politics.

The assertion that the Northern Gateway pipeline is a “disaster-in-waiting” is, to be kind, once again, biased opinion and not a known fact.

Perhaps a less political and more local focus of random thoughts would be easier to back up with fact, and a heck of a lot less biased.

At least, that’s my opinion.

Don Woode, Langley

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