About fickser

A retired professional engineer--Chem Eng grad UBC 1957--currently offering comment about BC bitumen pipeline/tanker issues...

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.

 

 

 

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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

 

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.”