OMNIBUS BILL

The PM  told media that a rewrite of NEB rules. would  include Trans Mountain Expansion (TMX) pipeline. . See Omnibus BILL C-69,that  addresses nicely the deficiencies of the NEB/TMX….for instance, seeking outside expert assistance….

 

TMX  submits that ….”there are no impacts….that cannot be mitigated ”  !   So be happy, BC…       We worry, nonetheless .

http://www.burnabynow.com/news/kinder-morgan-s-final-argument-the-project-is-in-the-public-interest-1.2133616

 

 BC Senator Neufeld,  comments in the media.  “ … leadership is needed ..  He(the P:M) must stand up … for Canadians.” Surely the Senator ….saw the Senate Pipeline Study which suggested that government “…restore legitimacy to the pipeline approval process. http://www.parl.gc.ca/content/sen/committee/421/TRCM/Reports/FINALVERSION-PipelineStudy-2016-12-07_e.pdf

Senator, please help to solve this problem and apply some  ‘sobre second thought ‘ to this new, but late, innovative government Omnibus  Bill C-69.

Can  the Senate  delay approval of TMX until it’s upgraded  with Omnibus Bill C-69 necessary features ?Alternatively courts are likely to be involved…could you request that they consider the Bill 69 features before deciding ?

Pipelines and tankers are here for a long while…so let’s gain community support …and get on with a new, less risky, export plan  !

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UNNECESSARY RISK REMAINS AS THE ISSUE !

Rachel Notley she has decided to play ball with the Federal Liberals !! Apparently some favourable climate accord deal was fashioned…which will soon be cast aside after the next Alberta election… ! Your best bet Premier is to  encourage everyone  to hear the common sense arguments for a new pipeline to the coast that could handle more dilbit with less risk !

 

https://www.vicnews.com/opinion/mp-report-defending-our-oceans/

Murray Rankin, MP Victoria “ .. took the PM  at his word when saying ..the approval process(for the Trans Mountain Expansion(TMX)pipeline would be “redone”…Did not happen !

MP Rankin ..”My question to the Liberals is this: since when is breaking…. promises, accepting unscientific assessments and inadequate consultation , threatening …. orcas, and BC’s coastal environment ……. in the national interest?

 

The PM  offered to mediate this pipelines issue whereupon he could direct  tankers  to more  open waters !

The government’s recent  Omnibus Bill C 69 criteria ,along with existing risk assessments of BC port locations(see attach.) and  The West Coast Spill Response Study, by NUKA  ) would leave the PM with one choice…namely Port Simpson !

Carl Shalansky, P. Eng. (Retired)

Blog: https://redfern3359.wordpress.com/

(604) 986-4657

 

FW: PRIME MINISTER TO GUIDE US TO A BETTER EXPORT PLAN…

The  Trans Mountain Expansion(TMX) pipeline project was approved by government and still we hear Minister Carr did not provide substantive answers to  group of senators… says BC Senator Mobina Jaffer… BC and Washington State communities see that the TMX chosen tanker routing is directed through our busiest, most environmentally challenged waters. Unnecessarily ! Minister Carr might  have difficulty masking that fact !

Local communities remain concerned …verstehen ?

The PM once offered to mediate this pipelines mess and with him ‘at the helm’, and  his new Omnibus Bill C 69 criteria he should be able to craft  a new, acceptable dilbit export plan.

The vital  risk assessments have been completed by government(attach) ,and  coupled with more recent NUKA ,BC coast  marine traffic studies should give his study group the ability to offer a new much less risky dilbit export plan…from Port Simpson !

START AGAIN…

https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2018/03/21/Trudeau-Notley-Trans-Mountain/?utm_source=daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=210318

“Trudeau, Notley and Trans Mountain Claims: A Tyee Fact Check”

By Andrew Nikiforuk Yesterday | TheTyee.ca

 

Before we create a national joke of Canada’s ability to create a common sense ,financially sound export opportunity we must admit that the TMX proposal is broken   and would fail under conditions by Bill C 69, required for new similar projects,

Where to from here… create a new diluted bitumen (dilbit)export plan ,with the Bill C 69 criteria, that allows larger  tankers to enter the open Pacific…after being loaded from a new loading terminal at the terminus of  a new pipeline from Alberta…Sell more dilbit and gain community support (as stipulated by PM Trudeau)for a common sense plan that avoids sending loaded tankers through BC’s environmentally sensitive ,multibillion dollar business areas such as Burrard Inlet and the island bound  Salish Sea.

DON’T BOTHER ME WITH THE FACTS…

 

ttps://www.nationalobserver.com/2018/03/07/opinion/fatal-flaw-albertas-oil-expansion

… I suppose National Observer would print the ‘other side’  to the above “fatal flaw” article…maybe PM Trudeau could pen something for us?

 

What  about Canada’s major banks. At least one bank  is a major investor  for the Trans Mountain Expansion (TMX) pipeline.  There is much being said about the ‘community dislike ’ of the TMX and leads me wondering if the banks did their due diligence before committing  investors holdings to that community disliked export plan ? There were no independent risk assessments called for to assist the NEB when evaluating  this project ,as proposed ? To no one’s surprise the TMX project, preferred by the wannabe Prime Minister, and  was eventually approved. Like the major banks, our Prime Minister shows no supporting science for his  ‘preference’ !

IT’S MEDIATION TIME MR. PM

IStop importing  BC wine (and maybe beer?)…now  Jason  Kenny wants to stop the flow of oil/refined products….leaving  BC looking at possibility  $2 gasoline prices …

Or , let BC stop handling Alberta exports AND imports through our ports….!!!

What to do…

…welcome back Mr. Prime Minister….time for you to stop the silliness…and fix this pipeline/tanker export plan….    that you created!

 

….. roll up sleeves Mr. PM and start mediating(you offered to do this) and maybe rebuild the party  POLL   standing !

 

…. don’t forget our Washington State neighbours.…?

 

http://www.kiro7.com/news/local/thousands-to-protest-trans-mountain-pipeline-expansion/713227569

 

…9,000 people …..signed up for a march this Saturday morning in Vancouver, Canada.

… an (EPA funded ) oil spill risk assessment by George Washington University in 2016.  focused on …. expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline…

(predicted) an increased oil spill risk of 68 percent throughout Northern Puget Sound ….

…the study predicted a risk increase of 375 percent….in  prime feeding grounds for endangered killer whales.

Is Canada ready for oil spills? ,(Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Washington ) answer: “No.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

GOOFINESS REIGNS !

 

 

Stop importing  BC wine (and maybe  beer?)…now  Jason  Kenny wants to stop flow of oil/refined products….leaving  BC looking at possibility  $2 gasoline prices …

Or , let BC stop handling Alberta exports AND imports ….!!!

What to do…

…welcome back Mr. Prime Minister….time for you to stop the silliness…and  fix this pipeline/tanker export plan….    that you  created !

 

….. roll up  sleeves Mr. PM and start mediating(you offered to do this) and maybe  rebuild the party ‘popularity’ standing !

 

…. don’t forget our Washington State neighbours.…?

 

http://www.kiro7.com/news/local/thousands-to-protest-trans-mountain-pipeline-expansion/713227569

 

…9,000 people …..signed up for a march this Saturday morning in Vancouver, Canada.

… an (EPA funded ) oil spill risk assessment by George Washington University in 2016.  focused on …. expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline…

(predicted) an increased oil spill risk of 68 percent throughout Northern Puget Sound ….

…the study predicted a risk increase of 375 percent….in  prime feeding grounds for endangered killer whales.

Is Canada ready for oil spills? ,(Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Washington ) answer: “No.”

GOOD INTENTIONS WITH COMMITMENT ??

B.C. Environment Minister George Heyman is developing an Intentions  Paper without announcing the intentions  ?. British Columbia has launched public consultations on how to defend its shores from oil spills.For those trying to grasp the magnitude of the issue of large tankers in our local south coast waters ,see link below:

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/kinder-morgan-trans-mountain-pipeline-bc-coast/article35043172/

This info was published in  the Globe and Mail and was compiled with the effort of a group of volunteer (Concerned)Professional Engineers,CPE, and donations from other BC supporters.

 

“This is about anyone who transports oil through the province.” …. Yes, we must make our maximum effort to minimize the probability of a MAJOR tanker spill  incident…

Is the  BC  objective to  kill the Trans Mountain Expansion(TMX) pipeline export plan….

.or WILL/should   BC consider  a realistic opportunity to build a better diluted bitumen (dilbit) export plan for good of  all Canadians ?

BC doesn’t need the TMX to create vessel spills…we get our share because most of our entire coastline communities are served vital goods typically  by barge and tug arrangements. We have a long way to go to improve our handling of these typical (much smaller)spills.  A  recent tugboat fuel oil spill (Bella Bella) took too long to clean up.  Some time ago there was a major mishap as  BC passenger ferry was holed and sank near Gil Island. The ferry sits on the bottom still with its fuel still on board !! … BC and Canadian governments have done some planning  to better handle existing,typical spills ,

So, what’s BC so worked up about ? When Trans Mountain first presented their dilbit export plan ,it  required a 7-fold increase of multi thousand BARREL cargoes to travel out busy environmentally challenged waters. These waters and shores comprise many  job intensive businesses, a major visitor industry in BC and does not need to sit and wait for that, inevitable ,mega thousand barrel  big spill . We don’t see the need to continue to push for this unacceptabe TMX plan .

How unacceptable—we’ll see .

Sadly this kerfuffle could/should have been avoided if our Prime Minister had not been fixated on this goofy TMX plan. Scientists in Ottawa ,we hear ,now have more freedom to speak out ! Let our new Chief Science Officer show the way .

Yes the main concern is about inevitable dilbit spill on our beaches and into our marine ‘critter’ habitat !

We could /should be preparing a common sense export plan that gets Alberta bitumen to reach  the waiting market…

The table is set to reach that goal…when  the PM follows up with his offer to mediate this BC/Alberta export impasse.The new omnibus Bill C-69 allows for a more thorough assessment than did the NEB  which recommended  TMX to slip under the radar !

The table is set that shows  how to build a less risky,more community permissible export plan given the new government assessment language in omnibus Bill C-69. Our PM and TMX  can  challenge the angry  community and end up with NO PIPELINE or TANKERS…OR you can develop a more common sense ,less risky plan, a little later…if you create an export plan that directs   tankers to sail  from a port   near Port Simpson which would be the terminus for a new pipeline from Alberta.

Our PM told us that only communities can give permission…we now know that no communities gave permission. Our science minister told that  “we need to be basing our decisions ……on facts…..and …. SCIENCE “! Let our scientists show where the least risky routes are located…No independent expert science was offered to the NEB which allowed them to select tanker routes that were less risky than those ‘handy’ routes proposed by Trans Mountain .

The PM told us that the current assessment procedures were to be changed AND he told us that these new procedures would be utilized for the Trans Mountain Expansion(TMX)) pipeline ;they were not utilized !!Why not Mr. PM ?

Even our Senate, in their   Pipeline Study,  asked how  to “…restore legitimacy to the pipeline approval process.”  See  http://www.parl.gc.ca/content/sen/committee/421/TRCM/Reports/FINALVERSION-PipelineStudy-2016-12-07_e.pdf ….. I’ve seen no response from our PM !

Thanks to  Mike  Priaro, P. Eng.,Calgary, we are shown an existing  science based risk assessment of the BC and nearby coasts.  .These reports  (see links in the attached above)   sat in government files since 1978…add  the BC government  traffic marine survey done in 2013 , https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/environment/air-land-water/spills-and-environmental-emergencies/docs/westcoastspillresponse_vol2_vesseltrafficstudy_130722.pdf  which could assist in determining the least risk terminal location..

Or see WEST COAST SPILL RESPONSE STUDY by NUKA Research.

Fortunately  the Omnibus Bill C-69.which   incorporates fixes for many of the issues of public concern not addressed in the NEB recommendation for approval…

Now, our government   expects the potentially impacted communities to  let he ill-conceived TMX proceed-to proceed without first fixing it –

We ask our Supreme Court to bring this national issue forward for resolution ,and prevent the TMX to proceed as proposed.

 

BETTER LATE THAN SORRY

Recall that Justin Trudeau announced his ’preference’ for the TMX before becoming the BOSS ! Not surprisingly the MEDIA,TMX,the Cabinet,the NEB remembered the   BOSS’ preference.

Wiser heads COULD  yet prevail…The new OMNIBUS bill requires the PROJECT REVIEW process…. no longer depend entirely on scientific data supplied by project proponents…. Ottawa will pay to bring in external scientific experts when needed…. !

Yes, that time is NOW…do bring in  scientists (in the public interest) and LET THEM  show the BC public the location of the least risky tanker routes along the BC coast !

Our  Minister of Science…  told us  that …“We need to be basing our decisions and policies on facts…..and on SCIENCE ! Or, did your Minister misspeak ?

Omnibus Bill C-69…apply the principles, NOW

 

The PM  told media that a rewrite of NEB rules. would  include Trans Mountain Expansion (TMX) pipeline. . See Omnibus BILL C-69,that  addresses nicely the deficiencies of the NEB/TMX….for instance, seeking outside expert assistance….

 

TMX  submits that ….”there are no impacts….that cannot be mitigated ”  !   So be happy, BC…       We worry, nonetheless .

http://www.burnabynow.com/news/kinder-morgan-s-final-argument-the-project-is-in-the-public-interest-1.2133616

 

 BC Senator Neufeld,  comments in the media.  “ … leadership is needed ..  He(the P:M) must stand up … for Canadians.” Surely the Senator ….saw the Senate Pipeline Study which suggested that government “…restore legitimacy to the pipeline approval process. http://www.parl.gc.ca/content/sen/committee/421/TRCM/Reports/FINALVERSION-PipelineStudy-2016-12-07_e.pdf

Senator, please help to solve this problem and apply some  ‘sobre second thought ‘ to this new, but late, innovative government Omnibus  Bill C-69.

Can  the Senate  delay approval of TMX until it’s upgraded  with Omnibus Bill C-69 necessary features ?Alternatively courts are likely to be involved…could you request that they consider the Bill 69 features before deciding ?

Pipelines and tankers are here for a long while…so let’s gain community support …and get on with a new, less risky, export plan  !