BUILD NEW, SMARTER ,PIPELINE/TANKER INFRASTRUCTURE …

 

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>>>   From : Carl Shalansky  cshalansky@shaw.ca      Received : 06  Aug  2018 03:39:14 PM   >>>

 

>>>   Subject : FW: Location. Location….!   >>>>

 

 

 

Attention: Al Monaco President  and CEO Enbridge…

 

 

 

 

 

Mr.  Prime Minster, you have an opportunity to create a new, more community accepted, greater resources export plan by implementing your more rigorous project assessment criteria… Omnibus Bill C 69….and at the same time  presenting Government an opportunity ‘to exit’ the  TMX  pipeline/tanker export business .Recall when Al Monaco hinted to the media that Enbridge possibly might move out of Douglas  Channel …. This ‘hint’  now  presents itself as ‘the solution’ to Canada’s current  diluted bitumen  (dilbit) export dilemma .

 

Assume  a new pipeline/tanker terminal location, at Port Simpson….where larger oil tankers could immediately enter the open Pacific and travel much shorter distances to reach the Asia markets  .

 

Let a major Canadian pipeline/export operator assist in completing this vital export opportunity, including possibly owning and operating the original Trans Mountain Oil pipeline business !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carl Shalansky, P. Eng. (Retired)

 

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

 

(604) 986-4657

 

 

 

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WAKEY ENBRIDGE…TIME TO ACT ….AND WIN !

Our government appears to have billions to spare…to build a goofy pipeline that NO COMMUNITY IN southern BC wants.  Our new Fisheries and Oceans Minister Jonathan Wilkinson.MP chose to not listen to his constituents and consequently was rewarded with a cushy new job.!! A couple of Liberal  MPs did speak in support of  constituents who disliked TCM.. Will  their  names on the next election ballot as a Liberal candidates…come Oct 2019 ?

Recall when  our Senate recommended   “government must … 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

Recently our government recognized that TMX review process was “flawed” and Government  have now put together a much more “robust “ review/assessment process…clearly spelled out in Omnibus Bill C69. Canadians have an opportunity to apply these more rigorous assessment criteria…!

Saga after saga have developed as government struggled with the ill-conceived TMX pipeline to the extent that the proponent(Kinder Morgan) saw fit to walk away from their much publically challenged proposal ! Eventually Government panicked and bought out the Kinder Morgan project…for billions ! The original Government project review was flawed but the new Omnibus Bill assessment criteria would permit creation of a much less risky plan…particularly as it relates to the TMX  greatly increased tanker traffic in busy, environmentally challenged southern BC waters !

The opportunity to correct this unfortunate TMX plan exists as now the Canadian public own TMX. Should the new owners, Canadians , demand that government “restore legitimacy “with a new study carried out with Government’s own Bill C 69 more robust assessment criteria !

Start NOW and build new safer, larger infrastructure with a new pipeline from Alberta to near Port Simpson where larger tankers could enter the open Pacific without wiggling their way through our busy Salish Sea waters and end up with much closer access to Asia markets.

Yes ,such a plan would require dilbit laden tankers to deliver to Washington ,etc. to US refineries…a reasonable compromise to serve  existing customers while potentially  gaining the intended Enbridge(PNG) Asia markets .

This concept serves Alberta desire to increase exports, jobs ,tax revenues ,etc.   and BC’ desire to reduce potential tanker spill probability !

One more knee jerk task remains for the PM…remove his unfounded northen BC ban on crude oil tankers from travelling northern BC waters…maybe  new Minister (Wilkinson) could help with this chore ?

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  !

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’ !