FINALLY A SCIENCE BASED,NOT POLITICALLY BASED ,SOLUTION !

 

 

Our  Minister of Science  recently claimed    … “We need to be basing our decisions….. on SCIENCE ! …or did the Minister misspeak ??

Fortunately this announced science interest  could give the PM the SOLUTION to this delayed ,vital ,diluted bitumen (dilbit) export plan…Could  the waiting BC and Washington State public interference  cause Kinder Morgan to ‘pack up’ and leave ….causing us to  find another  pipe-liner to assist with export of Alberta dilbit.

As noted in an online report  ‘the NEB … would hold a series of public hearings …to determine the  route..….Could/should  the NEB  force Kinder Morgan to change its route….!  .

Let  the new Chief Science Officer , along with the NEB’ Chief Environmental Officer guide our government through  to an independent, scientific risk assessed  decision and determine where to build our dilbit export infrastructure … based on science—  NO POLITICS !

 

See Mike Priaro, Calgary Herald  letter for a winning formula,.  http://calgaryherald.com/opinion/letters/your-letters-for-tuesday-sept-5

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FINALLY,A SCIENCE DEVELOPED ROUTE…!finally…

Could the Prime Minister  be  looking for a pipeline/tanker route plan to  which “communities could give permission” and  a plan that supports his government latest  claim  … “We need to be basing our decisions… on SCIENCE !

Fortunately this announced science interest  could give the PM the answer to this delayed ,vital ,diluted bitumen (dilbit) export plan…Could  the waiting BC/Washington State public interference  cause Kinder Morgan to ‘pack up’ and leave ….causing us we find another  pipe-liner to assist with export of Alberta dilbit.

As noted in an online report  ‘the NEB … would hold a series of public hearings …to determine the ROUTE for …TMEP….Could the NEB could force Kinder Morgan to change its route….!

Here’s an opportunity to produce an independent risk assessment that identifies the least risky tanker routes in BC waters…Let the new Chief Science Officer , along with the NEB’ Chief Environmental Officer guide our government through  to an independent scientific risk  decision and determine where to build our dilbit export infrastructure … with  NO POLITICS !

THE MISSING SCIENCE

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THE MISSING SCIENCE,,,

 

Because tankers must  travel through BC busiest waters, potentially hurting  the BC annual multibillion dollar, major  job creator  ‘visitors’ INDUSTRY, the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMX) must be aborted…

Recall Science Minister statement …“We need to be basing our decisions on…. and…  SCIENCE …”

Recently , Minister Jim Carr said the federal government’s approval of the project was based on facts, evidence and the national interest. …but why did the Minister not mention ‘SCIENCE’ ?

Yes, the National Interest requires that we export our resources…I’d guess that after an independent risk assessment a safer ,less risky export concept would be developed…

Can we expect Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan who tells us that he is  prepared to end his political career getting arrested over the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion. ….’Is there another ‘war in the woods’‘ episode brewing…This should not be necessary if our Government leader chose to lead us out of this pending war…by following up with his offer to ‘mediate’ this BC pipelines challenge…!

 

Carl Shalansky, P. Eng. (Retired)

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

(604) 986-4657

“…RESTORE LEGITIMACY TO THE PIPELINE APPROVAL PROCESS “

https://www.pressreader.com/canada/national-post-latest-edition/20170808/281487866442436/textview

John Ivison’ says  ,”Canadian Energy Projects On The Line” ,while  our PM decides …by whimsy. While electioneering, Justin told the media that he ‘PREFERRED’ THE TRANS MOUNTAIN EXPANSION PIPELINE(TMEP) …decided by whimsy ? …… More recently the   Science Minister says…“We need to be basing our decisions… on SCIENCE ,but we’ve seen NO independent science offered for debate??

Earlier  our PM’ decided   to ban oil ‘tanker’ shipping in northern BC …another whim !. More  whimsy when the PM approved  the goofy Trans Mountain Expansion Pipeline(TMEP) ,without seeing any independent supporting science , while   totally disregarding threatened southern BC marine species!

Uncertainty reigns  ! …   Saskatchewan Premier asks …  this new environmental review policy …looks like another National Energy Policy……!

We expect our courts to be involved with community and First Nations issues…and hopefully they will  take into consideration our  Senate Pipeline Study    …..AND  direct the PM  to “…restore legitimacy to the pipeline approval process.”

See  http://www.parl.gc.ca/content/sen/committee/421/TRCM/Reports/FINALVERSION-PipelineStudy-2016-12-07_e.pdf

 

 

 

DILEMMA ?

Recently Diane Francis scolded BC folks for not blindly agreeing with the  Government approved , ill-conceived ,Trans Mountain Expansion Pipeline (TMEP).

Recall that PM promised to ‘listen’ and ‘use science’ when deciding…! He’s done neither . .

Yes, PM Trudeau is on the horns of a dilemma…Canada requires those export revenues desperately…but the PM can  risk losing  a few seats in BC…. and HOPEFULLY gain  seats in Alberta….because of TMEP.

 

The law says that the Federal government is supreme  when  APPROVING   interprovincial and international pipelines……unless the reaction in BC becomes too raucous…and it might ??

There’s still time for our leader to LEAD us out of this TMEP  mess …and have  everyone win…?

 

 

 

 

Carl Shalansky, P. Eng. (Retired)

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

(604) 986-4657

 

 

WAR OR PEACE ?

 

Further to Vancouver Sun ,Derrick Penner story  ,July 27  …’Province seeks ways to fight Kinder Morgan’s pipeline plan”

 

Yes the PM is on the horns of a dilemma …he appears to agree with the Paris Climate accord…but he recognizes the need for hydrocarbon export revenues for many reasons…

  1. To keep Alberta happy…a greater concern to him  than keeping BC happy !
  2. To maintain  export revenues for his ambitious infrastructure, etc.,  plans…
  3. Because he has ‘the power’ to declare this project in the National Interest…even with a sloppy NEB review that maddened many BC voters..
  4. He feels that he can ride out this pipeline storm politically…but already 2 governments have ‘gone down’(Harper’s and Christy’s) because of BC public dislike of the Trans Mountain Expansion Pipeline (TMEP)…and governments worry most about the NEXT ELECTION…campaigning will commence in 2 years…risky ,eh ?
  5. BC might be able to rebel significantly and make his government offer a new better option to all the concerned groups…environmentalists, pipeliners, tanker operators, Alberta gov’t ,BC communities and public, and First Nations…
  6. The PM had decided even before the election that he PREFERRED THE TMEP….and as we know the boss’ preferences likely  receive favourable response in Cabinet meetings… BC voters sent Christy to the back bench…these SAME  VOTERS  now have a chance to do the same to a sitting PM….what fun !

 

 

The Province’s attempt to kill the TMEP might sound sincere…can they somehow convince the courts and governments to reconsider this goofy TMEP…and agree to a more sensible, community acceptable export plan…doubtful maybe…but we have yet to see how raucous the BC reaction will be…another ‘war in the woods’ scenario might cause all parties to find a  more acceptable pipeline/tanker plan…?

there are ways…ask around .

 

 

 

THE ALBERTA DECISION..

 

The  Federal Government   disregarded the southern BC communities strong objection to the Trans Mountain Expansion Pipeline(TMEP)

1.because location of the proposed tanker routes ….and

2.and they did NOT   “… base… decisions and policies on facts…..and on SCIENCE…”as recently stated by or Minister of Science, ! !

The export of diluted bitumen contributes significantly  to Canada’s resources revenue as do southern BC waters ,which  generate billons annually from the ‘visitor’ industry…Some of our marine ‘critters, are  threatened by noise and potential of spills.!. There was no  ,INDEPENDENT SCIENCE offered to debate the tanker routing… The southern BC public has been most agitated by this omission…and as a result has contributed significantly the ‘departure ‘ of 2 governments recently. The public has warned of their desire to fight this ill-conceived TMEP….a repeat of the lawless ‘war of the woods’ ,  “one of the largest acts of civil disobedience in Canadian history..” …..”which prompted lasting change”…,is suggested by some. There’s no need for a war…just apply some rigorous independent science to find tanker routes that minimize the probability of a tanker spill …before it’s too late !

While Alberta Premier may ‘care not’ of the BC concerns about the tanker routing……the Federal government may yet pay a significant price for that sloppy ‘Alberta’  decision….. come Oct 2019 ?

 

A PRACTICABLE PLAN EXISTS

Recently, our Science Minister explained that “We need to be basing our decisions and policies…. on SCIENCE” ,supporting statements made earlier by our PM. !
The NEB ‘bought’ the Trans Mountain Expansion Pipeline risk assessment data . In the public interest, the NEB should asked for an independent risk assessment which identified less risky tanker routing .!
BC Premier Designate will make Premier Notley ,PM Trudeau, and BC community leaders smile as they see a common sense , plan evolve where dilbit laden tankers are no longer travelling our environmentally sensitive, multi-billion dollar visitor industry, job creating waters ! Some suggest that a Port Simpson shipping terminal location would create a more acceptable dilbit export plan.
The public recognizes that pipelines and tankers will be necessary for some time yet…or does the new government have some other practicable plan ?

CREATE A WIN-WIN PIPELINE SOLUTION..

Approval of  diluted bitumen (dilbit) export plan  backfired on PM Harper and Premier Christy Clark…As proposed ,dilbit laden tankers must travel  BC environmentally sensitive waters and related, lucrative, multibillion dollar ‘visitor’ related job creating industries ..

Recently, our Science  Minister explained that  “We need to be basing our decisions and policies on facts…..and on SCIENCE !

Recall Mr. PM that YOU  once promised to use science when deciding…has your Minister misspoken ?

Meanwhile the NEB accepted carte blanc the Kinder Morgan ‘ risk assessment data…and ,in the public interest, the NEB  were never shown an independent risk assessment !

OK Premier Designate…here’s your chance to create win-win project …and make  Premier Notley.PM Trudeau, and BC community leaders all smile as they see a common sense ,publically acceptable dilbit export plan evolves,as dilbit laden tankers are removed from BC busy, environmentally sensitive waters…

The public recognizes that a sensible ,minimum risk designed pipeline and tanker routing plan will be necessary for some time yet…or do you have some relatively short term alternative plan for fulfilling  BC’ industry and public immediate energy needs…Maybe  ask Mr. Weaver to explain …?

 

 

DON’T MESS WITH BC VOTERS….

Did  the Trans Mountain Expansion Pipeline (TMEP)project cause the BC Liberals to pay the ultimate political price  ? The Liberals chose NOT TO LISTEN and lost key southern BC ridings…Now Premier elect Horgan gives fuzzy signals about TMEP…or will he and Weaver ‘figure it out ‘,and pave the way for the next election ,by supporting this economically vital export plan. Harper’s gone(remember him).Must we wait until Oct 2019 for the next ‘victim ‘ …or will PM Trudeau alter  his maddening decision to approve the ill-conceived TMEP ?!

The issue of  concern always has been about that inevitable diluted bitumen (dilbit) spill as tanker traffic is increased 7 fold   …thus  greatly increasing probability of significant adverse impact on our multibillion dollar visitor ,environmentally related,job creating, ‘visitor’ industries !

 

An  opportunity still exists to earn those vital export revenues ….for all  Canadians …simply by locating the dilbit shipping terminal where departing tankers would have open  access to the Pacific.

Simple as that !