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The proponents for moving Athabaskan Tar Sands bitumen across the Canadian Rockies to the head of Douglas Channel and then either down the coast to the States or across the oceans to China make two claims. 
The first is that they can safely pipe the bitumen to the coast. History has shown that no pipeline is leak and or spill proof. 
The second is that the supertanker traffic will be absolutely, and absolutely is their word not mine, safe.  I would argue that the link below reporting on a near accident between an U.S. nuclear sub and a tanker in the self same waters puts the lie to the ‘absolutely safe’ argument.
Nuclear sub narrowly avoids collision with freighter off B.C. coast: report

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