About fickser

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

ASK PRIME MINISTER TO MEDIATE…

 

PM Trudeau said    “…governments issue permits…but ONLY communities give permission..”   Burnaby was listening  …In the meantime our Chief Science Officer ,after an independent risk analysis, could direct Kinder Morgan  to  a new terminal location where   tankers would have immediate access to the open Pacific ,in the national interest. Thus minimizing the  risk of contaminating our marine environment. Let Premiers Horgan and Notley ask PM to mediate…as he once offered to do !

 

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WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE TRANS MOUNTAIN EXPANSION PIPELINE (TMEP) PROJECT ?

Almost everything…

  1. The shipping terminal (Burnaby) too risky… better locations apparent.
  2. Our  Prime Minister preferred TMEP…without ever  seeking  an independent risk assessment…unforgiveable !
  3. The proposed  tanker routes never  ‘permitted by any southern BC communities’
  4. There is no proven ,’world class’, method to clean up that inevitable diluted bitumen(dilbit) tanker spill.
  5. Any spill containment, recovery will be only partially successful
  6. The NEB hearing process was too restricted and minimized open public debate ,or questioning of proponent’s experts
  7. The Prime Minister’s own counsel ….”governments issue permits, but ONLY communities give permission”…was ignored !
  8. BC established ,multibillion dollar annual, job creating ,environmentally related visitor industries ,could  be damaged , needlessly.
  9. The Prime Minister offered to ‘mediate’ the pipeline issue in BC…maybe he should stay home for a while and get on with mediating ..10.
  10. .An independent expert risk assessment could be directed by the new Chief Science Officer… so  do that —before it’s too late !

Carl Shalansky, P. Eng. (Retired)

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

(604) 986-4657

 

THE ENVIRONMENT WILL PAY

http://www.macleans.ca/economy/a-b-c-pipeline-spill-would-be-inevitable-but-who-would-pay/

Thank you Erik Heinrich and MACLEANS…finally someone has gathered all the pertinent issues and clearly stated the Prime Minister’s chosen   ill-conceived diluted bitumen(dilbit) export scheme. Thank you, thank you !The Kinder Morgan export scheme (Trans Mountain Expansion Pipeline,(TMEP) plan was never subjected to an independent expert risk assessment study comparison, strangely. The southern BC residents have put up a good fight so far…but as ‘father Pierre’ once said….when asked what he planned to do…he said ‘just watch me’ !

The simple truth is that there are many thousands of miles of existing pipelines which function reasonably well…there are likely at least 3 pipelines/conduits  in your street, each capable of causing considerable damage if they are damaged…for whatever reason….and we do not lie awake worrying about such a damaging event…And ‘no’, there is no plan to shut down any pipeline because one pipe might be damaged ,somewhere, sometime… Unless we allow our politicians to be sold a goofy pipeline scheme such the Trans Mountain Expansion Pipeline (TMEP)scheme, as designed by the Kinder Morgan  bean counters.

Yes Justin Trudeau and Christy Clark were playing a pipelines game, always with the next election in mind .Christy Clark lost, Stephen Harper was hurt by his stubborn palling up with the oil patch, Justin is playing chicken as he gambles that the Eastern vote will save his government as he chose to sacrifice a few western seats for the several dozens of seats in the East metropolises ! The Energy East pipeline should have been a slam dunk…more good paying jobs, while curtailing foreign oil imports. An absolutely outrageous ,obviously politically driven BAD decision.

Justin Trudeau once offered to mediate the western pipeline saga. Maybe he should stay home and we’ll happily ‘watch him’ as he mediates the pipeline issue to a common sense conclusion…instead of him travelling the globe to gather more selfies…Our government has a stable of scientists now complemented with the addition of the new Chief Science Officer that could competently direct the preparation of an independent risk assessment to identify the least risky tanker routes on the BC coast…surely not through busy Vancouver Harbour or the island bound international Salish Sea…

To not build Energy East is folly, the least-risk tanker routed BC coastal outlet to Asia is a must, the Keystone XL,we or must still wait the final word from President Trump.…but let’s get on with the doable NOW ! I guess that there are at least two Canadian ‘pipeliners’ who would jump at the chance to build a smarter, much less risky pipeline/shipping infrastructure system !

Erik Heinrich hit the nail on the head when he suggested that there is not enough money allocated for dealing with effectively a major tanker spill…”THE ENVIRONMENT WILL PAY”…Imagine a diluted bitumen (dilbit) laden tanker hung up on  reef, spilling dilbit profusely, at night during a winter storm, while the spill handling crews scramble to the scene…with the still unproven “world class” cleanup contraptions on board !

 

Carl Shalansky, P. Eng. (Retired)

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

(604) 986-4657

North Vancouver,BC

POLITICS RULES—ALWAYS…

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/squamish-nation-taking-fight-against-kinder-morgan-to-court-1.4389746

“The Squamish Nation says it was not given adequate information about the safety risks…associated with Kinder Morgan’s … expansion project.” Ask the newly appointed  government Chief Science Officer(CSO) to direct preparation of an independent risk assessment to locate the ’least risk’ tanker routes !  If the NEB had such an independent  report in hand  they could have  chosen more ‘communities’ permissible’ routes ! …

Best way to save our multibillion dollar annual ,job intensive visitor industry revenues, is to remove those added  tankers from the busy  BC waters !

When the Eastern 120 ridings  squawk a bit  the Liberal government hears …When those 29 western ridings(BC17,Alb 4,Sask/Man 8), ask for action…nothing happens ,yet !

PLAN B DELUXE

http://business.financialpost.com/commodities/energy/no-plan-b-for-liberals-on-pipelines

“No Plan B for Liberals on pipelines

Energy East died Thursday after Ottawa expanded its regulatory review to include climate change impacts of the whole upstream and downstream oil industry”

 

Here’s a Plan B…since our Federal government saw fit to kill  Energy East…why not also shut down the goofier , much disliked, Trans Mountain Expansion Pipeline(TMEP) as proposed. Call for an independent scientific risk assessment study of the BC coast and find the least risky tanker routes….where larger tankers would not sail ,at less risk, in BC environmentally sensitive waters…and give tankers direct access to the open  Pacific. Set up the invitation for export bids to ensure that only competent pipe-liners could apply…and may ‘the best proposal win’ ! This gives the pipe liners an opportunity to recoup some of the costs incurred with their earlier failed bids. Seems fair ? Expect Enbridge, Kinder Morgen and Trans Canada to come up with ,more community acceptable export proposals.

 

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS….for Alberta and Canada..

The astute candidate, Justin Trudeau ,  told media that he PREFERRED the Trans Mountain Expansion Pipeline (TMEP)…and hopefully  gain Liberal seats  in Alberta !!

Not long after, the now PM  Trudeau had  many  pipelines to ponder…, KXL, NGP, Line 3,TMEP ,Energy East…

To most ,the Energy East looked like the clear winner for Canada,planning to use of much of an old pipeline ,displace foreign oil with Canadian oil, , create lots of good paying refinery .etc. ….

But wait ,  ‘the survival instinct ‘ rules ! The East baulks ! Predictably, the  Liberals bail out  ! Too many seats at risk !

However, opportunity knocks . Ask Government’s new  Chief Science Officer (CSO) to  direct preparation of an independent ,expert. risk assessment of potential  tanker routes ,to aid the NEB in reviewing the BC coast pipeine/tanker dilbit  export plan.in the National Interest. No independent science presented at NEB hearings !!

Think about a shipping terminal ,near Port Simpson .located at the end of a new pipeline from Alberta ,that could handle more product ,load larger tankers , less spill risk, more efficiently !

Let PM Trudeau follow upon on his offer to mediate this vital  project .

ACCEPT ONLY THE BEST SCIENCE…

 

Lots of media reports about BC’ court fight against Trans Mountain Expansion Pipeline (TMEP)project. ..usually wanting to kill the ill-conceived TMEP and deny Alberta their need to export a key resource from tidewater to waiting ‘better’ markets.. The 2 key arguments against are

  1. insufficient effort devoted to looking for safer ,less  risky tanker routes …
  2. the complete lack of evidence that the promised world class containment  and  recovery technology for tanker spilled diluted bitumen(dilbit) will ever be effective !

The only way to improve the export opportunity is to develop a viable infrastructure while minimizing  the probability of a tanker dilbit spill…which can be done with an independent risk assessment of the BC coast that removes shipping traffic from  busy ,island bound waters…

The newly appointed Chief Science Officer could direct the preparation of such an independent risk assessment  report and we could then proceed to export dilbit through a smarter pipeline and least-risk tanker loading terminal location and earn those vital export revenues ….and watch as Premier Horgan ‘s name is added to Premier Rachel Notley’s Christmas card list.

ONCE MORE…RELOCATE TANKER ROUTE…

 

Come on…the issue is about the 700% increased diluted bitumen(dilbit) tankers sailings in our busy, environmentally sensitive waters…all unnecessarily ! The entire Kinder Morgan ,Trans Mountain Expansion Pipeline (TMEP) project was a handy ,bean counter designed idea…Sorry guys the BC public has said no ,no, no .In fact we  helped to send two governments to the showers ..remember friend Harper…and  our deaf BC Liberal bunch. Need we try for three ?

Hopefully our court review will order a routing review. Our Canadian Senate recently counselled Government …. When they offered in their  Pipeline Study  the  need to   “…restore legitimacy to the pipeline approval process.” 

Yes, our government believes in the value of science BEFORE  deciding , a belief recently reinforced as they announced the appointment of their Chief Science Officer(CSO)…who could likely convince  our Prime Minister that HIS long standing PREFERENCE for the TMEP is a mistake…which the BC public want   corrected…before it’s too late . The CSO ,as her first challenge, and with an independent risk assessment , COULD  demonstrate where less risky tanker routes exist along our coast.

Carl Shalansky, P. Eng. (Retired)

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

(604) 986-4657

 

LEST WE FORGET…

 

Maurice Strong was the founder of the Global Warming/Climate Change religion  …a Canadian that had converted many international leaders with his gospel…see many Maurice Strong stories online .

Recall that our PM ,and a planeload of Canadians, attended the Paris Climate gabfest and came back fully converted ,and no doubt proud of our Maurice… ??

Here’s a story by Christopher Booker (The Telegraph , UK ),Dec 2015

Farewell to the man who invented ‘climate change’ .“A very odd thing happened last weekend. His death was announced as  the man who, in the past 40 years, has arguably been more influential on global politics than any other single individual. “Had it not been for this man, we would not last week have seen 150 heads of government joining 40,000 delegates at Paris climate conference… few people even know his name.

 

Rachel Notley ,relative to Energy East, has no problem with upstream effects, but suggests to our leader that   it makes no sense to tack on downstream effects for  a pipeline …while conveniently ‘forgetting’ about the downstream effect of autos produced ,in the vote rich East !

Here we go…again ?

LEST WE FORGET ?

Maurice Strong was the founder of the Global Warming/Climate Change religion  …a Canadian that had converted many international leaders with his gospel…see many Maurice Strong stories online .

Recall that our PM ,and a planeload of Canadians, attended the Paris Climate gabfest and came back fully converted ,and no doubt proud of our Maurice… ??

Here’s a story by Christopher Booker (The Telegraph , UK ),Dec 2015

Farewell to the man who invented ‘climate change’ .“A very odd thing happened last weekend. His death was announced as  the man who, in the past 40 years, has arguably been more influential on global politics than any other single individual. “Had it not been for this man, we would not last week have seen 150 heads of government joining 40,000 delegates at Paris climate conference… few people even know his name.

 

Rachel Notley ,relative to Energy East, has no problem with upstream effects, but suggests to our leader that   it makes no sense to tack on downstream effects for  a pipeline …while conveniently ‘forgetting’ about the downstream effect of autos produced ,in the vote rich East !

Here we go…again ?