How would you feel if a new pipeline route was planned through your neighborhood?
You’re in the industry. You see oil and gas pipelines all the time. You’re familiar with the anonymity with which they regularly transport their contents at all hours of day and night. You’ve also seen or at least heard about the effects when a pipeline leaks or ruptures.
So, would you buy a house near a gas or oil pipeline? That’s a question Kennedy Stewart, a Member of Parliament for Burnaby-Douglas in British Columbia, posed to his constituents after hearing from many people who were concerned about the possibility of a new crude oil pipeline being routed through their neighborhood.
Stewart, in an article he wrote for the Vancouver Sun, noted 68 percent of respondents to a survey conducted by Angus Reid’s Vision Critical polling company stated being in close proximity to a pipeline would have a major impact on their decision to buy, with 45 percent saying they would not purchase a home near an oil pipeline. Reluctance to purchase a home near a pipeline was even higher in some locales.
We all know that certain types of news are more likely to grab headlines and influence opinions. As pipelines go, a spill is going get much more press than all the countless other days when it operates without incident. And so people’s opinions are often swayed one way or the other by stories that may not be representative of the whole.
Pipelines are a part of everyday life for those who work in the oil and gas fields, so how would you feel if a new pipeline route was planned through your neighborhood? What impact would the location of a pipeline have if you were looking to buy a new house?
Let us know what you think. We’d like to hear from you.