Farmer impacted by pipeline

It's not just Alberta oil producers and workers that are hurt by the lack of a pipeline, the impact is felt right here in the Okanagan.

North Okanagan-Shuswap MP Mel Arnold took a different look at the ongoing pipeline debate by talking to a Spallumcheen farmer that would benefit from a pipeline.

The Conservative MP talked to farmer Mark Bartel about some of the challenges he faces and posted that interview on his Facebook page.

“Because Canada has inadequate pipeline capacity, our petroleum is being transported by rail - reducing access to rail cars to carry wheat, grain, lumber and other commodities,” said Arnold. “Without this access, feed for poultry farmers like Mark Bartel, owner of Bartel Farm, has to be transported via truck, a much more costly and inefficient method.”

Bartel said one of the big costs the operation has is feed and because of a lack of available space on the rail line, he must pay more to bring in the much-needed product.

“When rail doesn't exist, our cost of transportation is higher which causes a lack of efficiency in farming,” said Bartel.

Easier and less expensive access to transport would make a big difference to a farm like Bartel's.

He said less expensive feed would stabilize the farm and provide an opportunity for his children to become farmers as well.

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