NVN column spurs CBC to look at merits of shipping bitumen on Seaway

Plying the waters of the Seaway in November 2018, a freighter ship enters the Iroquois Lock in South Dundas, Eastern Ontario. The vessel shown is not a tanker ship of the sort that could carry bitumen on the Seaway, thought it is roughly similar in size. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

CHESTERVILLE — Garfield Marks has made waves with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation after his recent NVN editorial proposing to pipe Alberta’s landlocked bitumen to Thunder Bay and on to eastern processing facilities via tanker ships traversing the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway.

The state-funded broadcaster recently interviewed the Red Deer, Alta., resident and former oilfield supervisor on the subject, acknowledging that Marks first “floated” the idea in this “small online newspaper out of Chesterville, Ont.”

Today’s online CBC article quotes experts in the field whose verdicts on the proposal range from “not the craziest thing I’ve heard,” to “easily done” and “not that far-fetched.”

Marks has contributed opinion pieces to NVN for the last couple of years.



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