Washington State concerns

 

 

https://prod.greenpeaceusa.info/usa/reports/tanker-superhighway/

Lots of numbers thrown about by the potentially tanker spill  impacted public …but Canadian governments since day one have avoided any independent studies that would suggest that the Trans Mountain Expansion(TMCX) is anytjhing but a goofy ,ill-conceived plan…The Canadian governmsnent avoided carrying on any odependemt stufies,the BC government is yacking about wanting to find out more about the potential damages resulting from a tanker spill  but have shown no ‘independent ,hard science to suggest they are serious. The recent reports referred suggest that someone had better do something SOON !

Reports like these suggest that no one would be goofy enough to but this lemon of  diluted bitumen export plan …Would any one take it for  free??

The problem, since day one, has been concern about likelihood of a tanker spill in our southern BC ‘visitor industry’ marine business locations .Our Federal government never seemed to care ,while local communities screamed out about their concerns but did nothing but wring their hands and cry woe is me !

 

The so called public review process was flawed since day one and has recently been redrawn…see Omibus Bill C 69 which requires a much more rigorous assessment proces than existed during the TMX review ! Washington State has been concerned for years about the increased shipping in the Salish Sea and their independent risk assessment  report says  (see link below)CONCLUDED    “…simply…there is no guarantee that RISK increases ….. can be fully mitigated.”

See  http://www.seas.gwu.edu/~dorpjr/VTRA/PSP/FINAL%20REPORT/PSP%20FINAL%20REPORT%20-%20%20DRAFT%20021914%20-%20EXECUTIVE%20SUMMARY.pdf

 

However our national energy board chose to not review that available document ? Go figure.

The Canadian pipeline/export proposals have been hot topics for our governments…the recent Harper Federal government was defeated In part because of their refusal to listen to the BC communities .An even more drastic a result was the defeat of the Provincial Liberal government because they too chose to not listen. Such an outcome must be avoided wiring the Oct 2019 Federal election….and that folks is why we’re still dithering with this rather simple pipeline/tanker debacle.

Canadian government  engineers ,if called upon ,would soon have recognized the public concern about increased tanker spill risk from the proposed TMX7 fold increase in tankers  but it looks like they were nor consulted formally… Politics enters the picture…this simple export plan has turned into a potential time bomb during the upcoming Federal Election. Trans Mountain(Kinder Morgan) threatened to walk away from the project so our generous government  decided to purchase this ill-conceived project..The ongoing public dislike and willingness to resist this unacceptable project makes the future look bleak for any would be purchaser?

Luckily there is a common sense, win/win solution for this pipeline dilemma .

Carl Shalansky, P. Eng. (Retired)

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

(604) 986-4657

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WANNA BUY A PIPELINE

 

 

https://prod.greenpeaceusa.info/usa/reports/tanker-superhighway/

Lots of numbers thrown about by the potentially tanker spill  impacted public …but Canadian governments since day one have avoided any independent studies that would suggest that the Trans Mountain Expansion(TMCX) is anytjhing but a goofy ,ill-conceived plan…The Canadian governmsnent avoided carrying on any odependemt stufies,the BC government is yacking about wanting to find out more about the potential damages resulting from a tanker spill  but have shown no ‘independent ,hard science to suggest they are serious. The recent reports referred suggest that someone had better do something SOON !

Reports like these suggest that no one would be goofy enough to but this lemon of  diluted bitumen export plan …Would any one take it for  free??

The problem, since day one, has been concern about likelihood of a tanker spill in our southern BC ‘visitor industry’ marine business locations .Our Federal government never seemed to care ,while local communities screamed out about their concerns but did nothing but wring their hands and cry woe is me !

 

The so called public review process was flawed since day one and has recently been redrawn…see Omibus Bill C 69 which requires a much more rigorous assessment proces than existed during the TMX review ! Washington State has been concerned for years about the increased shipping in the Salish Sea and their independent risk assessment  report says  (see link below)CONCLUDED    “…simply…there is no guarantee that RISK increases ….. can be fully mitigated.”

See  http://www.seas.gwu.edu/~dorpjr/VTRA/PSP/FINAL%20REPORT/PSP%20FINAL%20REPORT%20-%20%20DRAFT%20021914%20-%20EXECUTIVE%20SUMMARY.pdf

 

However our national energy board chose to not review that available document ? Go figure.

The Canadian pipeline/export proposals have been hot topics for our governments…the recent Harper Federal government was defeated In part because of their refusal to listen to the BC communities .An even more drastic a result was the defeat of the Provincial Liberal government because they too chose to not listen. Such an outcome must be avoided wiring the Oct 2019 Federal election….and that folks is why we’re still dithering with this rather simple pipeline/tanker debacle.

Canadian government  engineers ,if called upon ,would soon have recognized the public concern about increased tanker spill risk from the proposed TMX7 fold increase in tankers  but it looks like they were nor consulted formally… Politics enters the picture…this simple export plan has turned into a potential time bomb during the upcoming Federal Election. Trans Mountain(Kinder Morgan) threatened to walk away from the project so our generous government  decided to purchase this ill-conceived project..The ongoing public dislike and willingness to resist this unacceptable project makes the future look bleak for any would be purchaser?

Luckily there is a common sense, win/win solution for this pipeline dilemma .

Carl Shalansky, P. Eng. (Retired)

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

(604) 986-4657

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FLAWED PIPELINE/TANKER DECISION

 

 

 

Tankers/pipelines  don’t fail ,people fail …due to  fatigue/stress. lack of training, deferred maintenance ,etc.

Society (investors/public) must  rely on statistical risk assessments to determine  the probable life of infrastructure .The NEB recommended approval of TMX  without  any independent science to help protect   communities most likely to be impacted when that inevitable tanker spill occurs .While the TMX risk assessment suggested 1000+ year incident cycle…this does not prevent the spill from happening TOMORROW !

Why didn’t  the government  science/engineer community  demand that their employer(government)  not proceed …until they offered independent risk assessment counsel. The engineers  code of ethics demands such behavior…engineers must “ Be aware of, and ensure that clients and employers are made aware of, societal and environmental consequences of actions or projects and endeavour to interpret engineering issues to the public in an objective and truthful manner.

 

Carl Shalansky, P. Eng. (Retired)

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

(604) 986-4657

 

 

 

 

 

 

IT’S ABOUT POLITICS

The Trans Mountain Expansion(TMX) pipeline approval  decision was carelessly made  after a “flawed’ review process !

 

Recall when our PM   said  “a more robust process would apply to the     Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline,(didn’t happen!) .

 

Typically, larger infrastructure projects ,such as TMX, are subjected to an independent risk assessment to protect the interest of the public and  investors ! Surely our own professionals would soon have identified  ‘the 7 fold tanker increase as  a potential ‘risk area’   of concern . Professional Engineers and Geoscientists Code of Ethics hold paramount the safety, health and welfare of the public, the protection of the environment and promote health and safety within the workplace;

This flawed decision could be improved when/if our leaders decide to review our dilbit export plan while recognizing BC community  concerns and National revenue requirements…The government’s Omnibus Bill C 69 could help us get that dilbit to market.

Let the courts suggest that the  PM stay home for a while and mediate(as once offered) this pipeline/tanker  issue to a win/win solution !

 

Carl Shalansky, P. Eng. (Retired)

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

(604) 986-4657

 

 

THE HALF ASSESSED PLAN

 

https://www.nationalobserver.com/2018/04/26/news/catherine-mckenna-proposes-new-scientific-advisory-panel-save-kinder-morgan-pipeline

Some early science was available in an EPA funded study by professors from Washington State University about impact of increased shipping (including TMX traffic) in the Salish Sea… NEB did not review this study…. …?Also a 1978  federal government coast  risk port assessment study was available but not considered?

Recall that P. Eng.  members and licensees ,employed by government shall , in accord with their Code of Ethics , “ Hold paramount the safety, health and welfare of the public, the protection of the environment…”. These professionals are paid  by Canadian taxpayers… Did our Professional Engineers support the decision to approve the TMX? Can/should unqualified government members  (such as  snow boarders or  prize fighters) be allowed to approve such a project?

Mr. PM, recall when you said  “a more robust process would apply to the     Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline…and “Yes, Yes, It applies to existing projects, as well.”

BC is offered a flawed ,partially approved  export plan that was never fully  assessed.

 

 

 

FLAWED

May 5   flawed

 

NOTE: Government insiders say the instructions given a few months later — to find a way to approve the expansion — were explicit. Public servants were never asked to prepare for the possibility that the government might reject the pipeline, they explain, or restart the federal review using a new and improved process that Trudeau himself had promised.

 

 

 

The Trans Mountain Expansion(TMX) pipeline was decided after a  “most exhaustive (but flawed) review’ process ! . Our government has created   new ,more robust,  assessment criteria ,Omnibus Bill C69, which could have been given as  the basis of the next review…to better  address the tanker spills issue,

Mr. PM, recall when you said  “a more robust process would apply to the     Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline…and “Yes. Yes, It applies to existing projects, as well.”

BC is offered a ’flawed’ , TMX  pipeline/tanker export plan BUT when the Liberal Eastern voter block’ grumbled’ about Energy East, , that plan  suddenly died !!

PM Trudeau claims science is to be a key element  before decisions are offered, but  I guess he forgot ?

TMX was a political decision…plain and simple. The government scientists ,if asked , would soon have pointed out the weaknesses of the TMX planned tanker routing !

The  Federal Government has reported that Port Simpson is the least risk  (#1)tanker terminal location, Vancouver area the worst location,(17th)…

Take it from there Mr. PM ,use the science !

 

 

FLAWED

The Trans Mountain Expansion(TMX) pipeline was decided after a  “most exhaustive (but flawed) review’ process ! . Our government has created   new ,more robust,  assessment criteria ,Omnibus Bill C69, which could have been given as  the basis of the next review…to better  address the tanker spills issue,

Mr. PM, recall when you said  “a more robust process would apply to the     Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline…and “Yes. Yes, It applies to existing projects, as well.”

BC is offered a ’flawed’ , TMX  pipeline/tanker export plan BUT when the Liberal Eastern voter block’ grumbled’ about Energy East, , that plan  suddenly died !!

PM Trudeau claims science is to be a key element  before decisions are offered, but  I guess he forgot ?

TMX was a political decision…plain and simple. The government scientists ,if asked , would soon have pointed out the weaknesses of the TMX planned tanker routing !

The  Federal Government has reported that Port Simpson is the least risk  (#1)tanker terminal location, Vancouver area the worst location,(17th)…

Take it from there Mr. PM ,use the science !

 

 

 

WHAT DO GOVERNMENT PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS DO ??

Dear President…

The  Professional Engineers….are bound by a code of ethics …and ” hold paramount the safety …of the public…and environment “ …https://engineerscanada.ca/code-of-ethics .The question of relative risk to the BC public is the issue on my mind.

 

Did the PM ever ask those Professional Engineers in   Ottawa to review and advise as to the safety, health and welfare of the public and the protection of the environment…” and “… ensure that clients and employers are made aware of societal and environmental consequences of actions or projects ;specifically , the Trans Mountain Expansion (TMX) pipeline proposal?

We’ve heard that government scientists are to be given more freedom to discuss their government work with the public…

I have  a question for the Professional Engineers. Did the(your) government ,ever ask your(P Eng) group to review and offer counsel about the TMX, as proposed?  Yes or no ? If ‘yes’ what was your response?

Now is your opportunity to show the public the true value of your training . The government’   Chief Science Advisor suggests that she too believes that the scientists must be allowed to speak about their work.

I expect that she would advise the Prime Minister about how/what should be done to ensure that this TMX is not allowed to proceed until the question of ‘relative risk’ to the public and environment is reviewed and resolved .

Would your  engineer group please tell me how/when/if  they’re asked to contribute to a project similar to the TMX ?

A telephone call would be appreciated..

 

 

Carl Shalansky, P. Eng. (Retired

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  !

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