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EDITORIALARCHIVES15YearsAgo...FiredestroyshallTheFortResolutionredepartmentiswithoutahomeafterareonEasterSun-dayburnedthetownsrehalltotheground.Thereresultedinthelossofthedepart-mentsonlyretruckalloftheirreequip-mentplusthecommunityszamboni.HayRiverhasleantthemfourfullre-ghtingouttsaswellasafewhosesandnozzlestoattachtowatertrucksincasetheyareneededforthetimebeing.IssueApril8199820YearsAgo...TractortradeagooddealAnequipmenttradehastakenplacebe-tweenFortChipewyanandFortSmithwhichisbeinghailedasagooddealforbothcommunities.TheTownofFortSmithswappedtheiroldzamboniwithFortChipforatractorequippedwithafrontendloaderwhichcouldbeusedtoworkonthegolfcourseandothergeneralduties.IssueApril8199330YearsAgo...OntheBanksoftheSlaveRichandcolourfulhistoryisalegacywhichisfoundinFortSmithandthrough-outtheNorth.Thesetime-honouredtrea-suresofourpastwillsoonbebroughttolifeusingpicturesanddialogueswithpastFortSmithresidentsinthebookOntheBanksoftheSlave.TheideaofthebookoriginatedwithaclassofGrade6studentsin1974begunasaproj-ectforFortSmithscentennialyear.IssueApril819834TuesdayApril92013TheNorthernJournalisanindependentnewspapercoveringnewsandeventsinthewesternArcticandnorthernAlberta.VisittheJournalonlineatwww.norj.caAnzacAtikamegBrownvaleCadotteLakeChardChetehColdLakeConklinDriftpileDufeldEdmontonEnildaEnochFortChipewyanFortMcKayFortMcMurrayFortVermillionFrogLakeGlenevisGoodshLakeGrandePrairieGrouardHighLevelHighPrarieHytheJohnDorPrairieAvailableinAlbertaatAklavikBehchokoColvilleLakeDelineEaglePlainsEkatieDiamondMinesEnterpriseFortGoodHopeFortLiardFortMcPhersonFortProvidenceFortResolutionFortSimpsonFortSmithGametiHayRiverInuvikJeanMarieRiverLutselKeNahanniButteNormanWellsPaulatukTheNorthernJournalisavailableinthefollowingNWTcommunitiesRaeEdzoSachsHarbourTroutLakeTsiigehtchicTuktoyaktukTulitaUlukhaktokWekwetiWhaTiWrigleyYellowknifeKehewinKinusoLacLaBicheMornvillePeaceRiverRedEarthCreekSaddleLakeSlaveLakeSt.PaulValleyviewWabasca2011CCNACANADIANCOMMUNITYNEWSPAPERAWARD2011CMCAAUDITEDAdvertisingDeadlinesDisplayaddeadlineisThursdayat400p.m.ClassiedaddeadlineisThursdayat500p.m.Emailadsnorj.caSubscriptionRates867872-3000PricesincludeGST.47.25inFortSmith52.50elsewhereinCanada105intheUSAoverseas164.30.LetterstotheEditorPolicyTheNorthernJournalwelcomesletterstotheeditor.Lettersmustbesignedandincludeaphonenumbersotheauthorcanbeveried.Nameswillbewithheldonrequestinspecialcircumstanceswherethereasonsaredeterminedtobevalid.TheJournalreservestherighttoeditlettersforlengthlibelclarityandtaste.Opinionsexpressedinlettersandcolumnsarenotnecessarilythoseofthepublisheroreditor.PublishedweeklybyCascadePublishingLtd.PrintedonrecyclednewsprintwithvegetableinkatWainwrightStarChronicle.PublisherManagingEditorDonJaque867-872-3000ext.21djnorj.caEditor...........................MeaganWohlberg867-872-3000ext.24newsnorj.caReporter.........................ReneFrancoeur867-872-3000ext.25reporternorj.caComptroller...........................DixiePenner867-872-3000ext.23dixnorj.caAdvertising....................JoshuaJorgensen867-872-3000ext.28adsnorj.caAdministration...............AldoLandaverde867-872-3000ext.29adminnorj.caProductionGraphics.......SandraJaque867-872-3000ext.22sandranorj.caPaulBannister867-872-3000ext.27graphicsnorj.caIntern.........................GeorginaSkippingsInhisannouncementlastweekoffederalsupportforaproposedpipelinesystemthatwouldcarryAlbertaoiltoEastCoastren-eriesMinisterofIndustryTonyClementassuredCanadianstheyneednotworryaboutoilsandsbitumenbeingmorecorrosivethanothercrudeoilthusshorteningthelifeofthepipeleadingtoleaksandruptures.TosupportthathequotedsciencefromtheCanadianEnergyPipelineAssociationCEPAwww.cepa.com.Thatagencyisalobbygroupcreatedandfundedbypipe-linecompanies.Clementisirresponsibleifheonlybaseshisdecisionsoninforma-tionfromsuchagencies.Everythingtheysayaboutpipelinesisgoingtobespuntomakewhatthatindustrylookgood.Thatiswhatlobbygroupsareabout.Itisessentialthatgovernmentsacquireindependentdatatocorroborateordisprovesuchinforma-tion.Onewouldthinkthatwouldbecom-monsense.ItisworrisomethatClementdoesnothavethatunderstanding.Abetterconsiderationinhisimportantroleingoverningournationislookatthebiggerpicture-includingthelifespanofpipelines.Howlongdoesittakeforthemtodeterio-rate.WhendotheygetsooldthematerialsstarttobreakdownandleakevenruptureInsuchcaseswhatistobedoneThatdetailseemstobeoverlooked.ThepipelineconnectingtheNormanWellsoileldtotherestofCanadastretches869kmthroughvastreachesofborealforestandtraverseschallengingterrainincludingnumerousriversnottheleastofwhichistheMackenzie.Thepipelinecontentsarerefrigeratedsoastonotcauseissueswithpermafrost.Itwascompletedin1985andassuchitismodernusingstateofthearttechniquestechnologyandmaterials.Thatpipelinehassprungfourleaksinthelasttwoyearsandthousandsoflitresofoilhaveleakedontotheland.Arewetocon-cludethisisasignofworsethingstocomePleasetelluswhatisgoingtohappentothatpipelinewhenithasdeterioratedtothepointthatitmustbereplaced.Istheextentoflifeofthepipeandthejoin-ingweldsandgenerallytheneedtoeventu-allyreplaceanypipelineonceitreachesoldageeverconsideredWhenpermissionsaregivenbytheNationalEnergyBoardarethoseeventualinevitablereplacementcostsfactoredinWhatofthecalculationsbythecompanyatthedesignstagewhenprotabilityisconsidered-arereplacementcostsincludedItseemsthatnoneofthisisinplay.Wejustbuildthethingsanddontconsiderthattheyhavealimitedlife.TheESSOpipelineinArkansaswhereoilfromarupturehasrecentlybeenrunningthroughthestreetsofafuentneighbour-hoodswasbuiltinthe1940s.Conventionalwisdomhasitthatpipelineisshowingitsageandmorespillsarecoming.Obviouslythou-sandsofmilesofpipelinesworldwidelikethatareeventuallygoingtoneedreplacing.Theyareessentialtonationaleconomies.WehaveourfairshareinCanadaandareplanningmore.Replacementinfuturewillbeincrediblycostly.WhowillpayInthefuturewewillfacemultipleboon-dogglesthatdwarfthelongtermmulti-billiondollarcostsoftheGiantMinecleanupcur-rentlybeingrevealedinYellowknife.Toxicwastethatthreatenshumanhealthandcre-atesanenvironmentalmessaburdenfordecadesevencenturiestocomewillbethenewnormal.SincetheCanadiangovern-mentisalwaysstuckwiththebillforsuchcleanupsonewouldthinktheywouldbemorecircumspectincorporatingprojectedlifeandeventualreplacementcostsintotheapprovalcriteria.TheAlbertasolutionLetindustryhaveitswayTheAlbertagovernmenthasselectedalongtermoilindustrypromotertoheadupakeynewprovincialboardtaskedwithregulat-ingindustryandenvironmentalmonitoring.TheappointmentofGerryProttiwasan-nouncedlastweekbyprovincialEnergyMinisterKenHughes.Prottiisaformerex-ecutiveofcerofseveraloilcompaniesandistherstchairoftheCanadianAssociationofPetroleumProducersCAPP.CAPPthankstoextensivefundingbyoilcompanieshasrunasuperbcampaigntocounterthenegativepressgeneratedbyenvironmentalistsandFirstNationgroupsaboutimpactsfromtheoilsandsindustryeffectivelypaintingallthingstodowithitsexpansionasgreenandbenecial.Mr.Prottiisverygoodatwhathedoes.InselectinghimtoheadtheirkeyindustrymonitoringbodytheAlbertagovernmenthasmadeitclearthatintheirprovinceindustrywillhaveitswaytotally.AndwecriticizedHugoChavezforhispoliciesinVenezuela.TheAlbertagovernmentdoesnotevenpretendtobeobjective.Environmentalim-pacteventhehealthofthecitizensaresecondaryintheirtotalcommitmenttoin-dustrialgrowth.Thinkinglikethisisanem-barrassmentandwillbecostlytothefutureofAlbertaandCanada.PayingitforwardwithoutthinkingPhotoMichaelYakabuskiRankinInletteamsuccessstoryatBalsillieCup21teamsfromacrosstheNorthtravelledtoYellowknifeontheweekendforthe30thannualBalsillieCupOldTimer35HockeyTournament.DuetoightdelaystheRankinInletteamarrivedlateandhadtoplayvegameswithin24hoursincludingback-to-backgameslateSaturdaynightbutthatdidntslowtheteamdown.NecoTowtongiescoredonabreakawaywithlessthantwominutesremainingtoleadtheBearstoatight4-3victoryagainsttheTopKnightSpiderGoatsintheBdivisionnal.