Open letter to Piers McDonald, chair of Yukon Energy:
After the collision on the Riverdale bridge on May 27, which blocked access in and out of both Riverdale and the hospital, it was noted by both the mayor and the head of EMR that the road over the Yukon Energy dam was the emergency back-up access to the area.
Why on earth is Yukon Energy being allowed to place its liquified natural gas project right beside the access to this critical infrastructure? I have noted in my submissions to YESAB that I was concerned that all of the crucial energy infrastructure being located in one area is a recipe for disaster.
As you know, I was on the Yukon Energy board when the hydro plant, control system and corporate offices burnt down in October 1997. We were lucky, and we had extremely dedicated hardworking staff that made all the difference.
LNG is a volatile fuel. I shudder from the thought of a leak or incident beside the only vehicle access into the Yukon Energy compound. I was worried about the company’s staff, but now I’m worried for the people of Riverdale and the rest of us with the hospital.
The Yukon Energy board needs to meet with its shareholders, the Yukon people, and hear their concerns about the LNG project. We also want to hear from your board why you think this is such a good idea. I have little trust in your CEO and his consultants.