When disaster almost strikes but doesn't, a question always lingers: Was the close brush a reminder that accidents will happen, or proof that we can deal with them when they do? So it went with the Simushir, the Russian container ship that lost power off British Columbia's coast last weekend and drifted into the political shoals of the province's ongoing tanker debates.
Arno Kopecky is an environmental journalist and travel writer whose dispatches have appeared in The Walrus, Foreign Policy, the Globe and Mail, Reader's Digest, and other publications. His latest book, The Oil Man And The Sea, chronicles his sailing exploration of the Northern Gateway's proposed oil tanker routes, and is shortlisted for a 2014 Governor General's Award. He lives in Vancouver, B.C.
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