A pleasant dream

In Dreamland we soon had our discovery registered, as geological experts all agreed we had struck the mother of all mother-lodes.

I had a dream the other night. At my wife’s behest, I was dutifully preparing a hole on our backyard in order to plant a new rhododendron, and guess I got a little carried away with how far I was digging down. The next thing we knew there was a loud whoosh as thick black gooey liquid started gushing and oozing out of the ground. Yep, we had struck oil  —  not unlike The Beverly Hillbillies  —  surely,  we were made for life.

In Dreamland we soon had our discovery registered, as geological experts all agreed we had struck the mother of all mother-lodes; more than enough to fuel all those factories in China for several decades.

We contacted a company in Calgary, called something like Bridgend, to transport the oil through a state-of-the art pipeline to the nearest deep-water port in the Strait of Georgia, where we built state-of-the-art  refineries.

State-of-the-art supertankers loaded refined products every day at state-of-the-art terminals, and there were well-paying jobs for everybody for miles around; building and maintaining pipelines, refineries and oil terminals, and loading the ships. Taxes and royalties were  paid to all levels of government to fulfill demands for hospitals, schools, daycare centres, seniors residences, roads, cheaper gasoline and every necessity of life that some Canadians take for granted.

Trouble is, I awoke from my slumber to find it was only a pipe dream, as large numbers of British Columbians have apparently been swayed to believe that any dealings with pipelines and supertankers are fraught with inevitable danger and ruination.

What a shame, when so many other countries embrace their mineral wealth, using their oil resources to great financial and commercial advantage under strict regulatory guidelines. It was such a pleasant dream.

Bernie Smith, Parksville

Just Posted

UPDATE: Nanoose Bay residents miffed as roadwork on Northwest Bay Road causing long delays

‘I sat in traffic for a half-hour and moved approximately 50 feet’

Oceanside RCMP officer makes Alexa’s Team

Munro able to stop and process 15 impaired motorists during the past year

Potty Mouth artist creating Funky Fungus

Parksville-Qualicum’s Carmen Lutz has people chuckling with her hand-made, rustic mugs

Qualicum Beach charity hosts fundraiser for Guatemalan students

Aldea Maya has been working in the Central American country since 2012

Parksville Lawn Bowling Club on a roll for artificial turf

Project to cost over $500,000 but will save club money

Disney Plus to launch in Canada in November

Analysts say latest streaming service may escalate cord cutting

Parksville man, 75, goes missing from north Nanaimo home

Police dog services called in to help with search

B.C. manhunt suspects left cellphone video before they died: family

Family member says Kam McLeod, Bryer Schmegelsky recorded final wishes

Okanagan bus driver assaulted for asking patron not to smoke

59-year-old in hospital with non-life threatening injuries

Wildfire burning outside of Port Alberni

Coastal Fire Centre on scene

B.C. sets rules for ride hailing, same minimum fee as taxis

Larger operating areas seen as threat by cab companies

Two hiking families team up to extinguish fire in B.C. backcountry

Children and their parents worked for three hours to ensure safety of the popular hiking region

Police seek tips in 2015 death of Island teen Brown

Four years has passed since the body of Penelakut Island woman was discovered

Most Read