Letters: Who owns our oil?

Letter writer questions Chinese oil interests in Canada

Thank you for David Black’s well-reasoned and informative op ed piece April 23 in the Sooke News Mirror. I was reminded how horrific and permanent a tanker spill of bitumen would be given the fragility of our coast and the near impossibility of the oil’s recovery.

Whose oil is this? It’s never been clear to me. I thought the People’s Republic of China bought huge amounts of “our “ tar sands and it’s basically their oil we are piping through B.C. Are we taking an enormous risk shipping private property through one of the few pristine places we have left?

Finally Mr. Black urges us to contact our local MP’s to register our concern. If you live in a Conservative riding it’s guaranteed “your” MP has been taught the “Sit, stay, repeat after me command.” Harper has purchased those MPs like China has purchased “our” oil.

Ted Roberts

Sooke

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