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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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’ !

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.”

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 ?