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Barrhaven resident reassured by safety facts

“I wanted to be reassured about the safety (of the pipeline), and I was,” said Frank Smith, a Barrhaven resident once involved in the oil exploration business, summing up his response to the dozen or so information panels on display — covering everything from economic benefits to emergency response systems — and the two dozen TransCanada employees on hand for the four-hour session in the North Gower community centre.

“As a society we have to be realistic,” said Smith. “We’re not going to break away from the carbon economy overnight, so we have to coexist with oil and gas for at least a few decades to come. (TransCanada) has done a good job putting to rest my concerns about the pipeline — crossing the Rideau River, the regulations and the inspections they’ll do, that sort of thing.”

Frank Smith — Resident, Barrhaven, Ont.

Ottawa Citizen — Pipeline giant soothes fears about safety — February 4, 2014