"A year ago Lawrence had said that Shell’s planned Arctic drilling “is relatively easy.” So it’s fitting that he was made to answer for the disastrous Alaskan campaign which was marred by a host of delays, accidents and mishaps. The misadventure resulted in a couple of wells being started, then abandoned, and one of Shell’s rigs, the Kulluk, being damaged in a grounding near Kodiak Island. “ Shell screwed up in 2012,” said Interior Secretary Ken Salazar earlier this month."
If this wasn`t such a serious issue I would be laughing my head off, above pasted is a mere sample of Shell`s problems, two oil rig platforms, both near lost in mishaps, a myriad of bloops, blunders and miscalculations..
This relates directly to Enbridge`s northern Gateway pipeline proposal, which in turn would result in oil laden supertankers on our coast, there is no one or the other, a pipeline means tankers, at this time David Black`s sham oil refinery won`t be discussed, it`s clearly a political gimmick employed by a media mogul, Black Press and letters to the editor, need we say more..
Enbridge with their animated ads talking about double-hulled tankers, tugboats tethered to them, world class clean-up response regime(although Enbridge won`t tell what that regime is until after thet gey approval)
Therein lies the problem, diluted bitumen sinks, it sticks, it destroys water tables and kill wildlife, it can`t be cleaned up so any discussion about world-class oil response regime is moot, like a nuclear plant in Russia melting down, once started it can`t be stopped, any oil response team would merely be spectators watching a train wreck..
Shell's decision to call time on Arctic drilling for 2013 pre-empts the anticipated release next week of a high-level government review of Shell's first year in the Arctic – which was plagued by harsh weather and the breakdown of two key pieces of equipment. The review focused specifically on Shell's mechanical breakdowns in the Arctic, and possible safety and environmental lapses. The interior secretary, Ken Salazar, said soon after ordering the review that he had doubts about whether drilling could be safely conducted in the Arctic at all.
In July 2012, the Shell drill ship Noble Discoverer briefly drifted out of control near Dutch Harbor. Two months later, Shell's purpose-belt oil spill containment system was crushed – as easily a a beer can – during a test in relatively calm waters off Seattle. In November, crew reported a small fire and propulsion problems on the Noble Discoverer. Then, on New Year's Eve, came the mishap that appears to have finally sunk Shell's drilling plans for the Arctic this year, when a conical drilling rig, the Kulluk, ran aground after being separated from its tow vessels in 70mph winds and high waves off the Gulf of Alaska.
The oil company was forced to send both ships – the Noble Discoverer and the Kulluk – to Asia for repair, effectively ruling out a return to drilling this calendar year. Meanwhile, a Coast Guard investigation found 16 safety and environmental shortcomings on the drill ships, including air-pollution concerns.
In follow-up emails to reporters, Shell's spokesman in Alaska, Curtis Smith, said the company's future plans for the Arctic would depend on getting the two ships back in working order. "Our future exploration plans offshore Alaska will depend on a number of factors," he wrote, "including the readiness of our rigs."
The federal government had barred Shell from drilling into oil-bearing zones last summer, because of the failure of its oil spill containment system.
Damien Gillis has also written a very good piece on this, link below
Brand new oil drilling platforms, some of the world`s most powerful tugboats, the newest and best equipment, radar, sonar, GPS and still these disasters happen, it`s fortunate for mankind that Shell was never able to start drilling, all their problems happened even before they started drilling, we aren`t talking about one mishap after years of Arctic drilling operations we are talking about a keystone cops comedy routine, only this isn`t funny like tee hee, more like a Shakespearean Tragedy..
Besides mechanical and equipment failures the number 1 reason for shipwrecks is human error, this remains true to taday, human error can never be taken out of the equation and despite the claims of the Harper regime and Enbridge this factor can never be eliminated and accidents do happen, a major spill in our pristine, sea-life filled northern coast will be forever destroyed, it won`t recover, ocean species and fish declines are already happening in many places in the world, with continued hydro-carbon extraction there would be no ability for our northern coast to ever recover..
The consequences of a supertanker disaster on our coast would be permanent, forever lost, Enbridge doesn`t care if we lose our coast, in fact they relish it, that would open the door for more oil movement, as for Stephen Harper, his personal actions of targeting DFO, targeting scientists, withholding critical data, closing down both coast guard stations and communications on our coast is proof positive that Stephen Harper doesn`t care, even his own caucus are openly talking about removing the Harper, there is trouble in Harperland, most real Conservatives realize Stephen Harper has gone off the rails and any reelection chances are gone, this gives us westcoasters much hope, for now all we need do is run the clock out on the Federal Con party..
Human error, mechanical and equipment breakdown are not the only risks, there are alcoholic captains, drug addicted and even prescription drug problems and we all remember homegrown terrorism in British Columbia, the Air India bombing, a bomb was placed on that jet right here in Richmond, hundreds of innocent people were blasted out of the sky, this is not an isolated event, we have also had pipeline bombings, Wiebo Ludwig`s name comes to mind, and there are many who believe those pipeline bombing and or alleged bombings were justified, still births, gas flaring, polluted water tables, individual motives are varied, some have even suggested there could be economic reasons for terrorism, there are those who would profit immensely from a massive oil spill, as the Kalamazoo spill showed us, a pipeline spill in a easy to access area with roads, infrastructure and city resources, that spill remediation cost has neared $1 billion dollars and it still remains soiled, Enbridge has been called back to Michigan and ordered to dredge 40 miles of the Kalamazoo river, any company planning on entering the oil spill remediation game has a motive and needs an spill for economic success...Our rivers are salmon bearing, trout and steelhead bearing watersheds, dredging those rivers would kill the fish, our forever sustainable fishery is a $ billion dollar industry, $billions more is spent by sports fishers and $billions more in tourism dollars, our world renowned brand is ...Super Natural British Columbia...A huge big bitumen spill will forever change our world branding and destroy all our forever sustainable activity..
Human error, equipment failure, harsh wind storms, geo hazards like earthquakes, landslides, floods and tsunamis, none of those issues can be mitigated, we had a submarine run aground in Nootka inlet 2 years ago, we had the Queen of the north hit an island and sink, a route that this crew and ferry made thousands of times, we had the Concordia get ripped open on a rock outcropping, images shown around the world of this behemoth laying on its side,..Our northern coast is known for 40 foot waves, hurricane force winds, straightline winds that come out of nowhere, none of these issues can be mitigated or controlled, there another major risk that can`t be accounted for, or prevented, that being both mental issues and deliberate actions of those at the controls, including suicide..
A pilot of EgyptAir Flight 990 was told by his seniors "this is your final flight and you will be removed from the job".
He committed suicide by crashing his final flight into the sea/ocean, killing all the 217 passengers on board. The pilot was got caught in hotel rooms sexually harrassing staff. The pilot would appear naked in front on young girls in the hotel. Many people have sex in planes and porn stars and prostitutes travel by plane.
This is worse than 9/11 attacks because a suicidal pilot can crash a big plane in a large building. Now there are pilots who have financial troubles and porn and illegal sex is rampant and widespread.
Know the history of companies you feed by buying their products and service.
Watch "Air Crash Investigations" on National Geographic Channel to know all about plane crashes worldwide.
Flight recorder dataThe cockpit voice recorder (CVR) recorded the Captain excusing himself to go to the lavatory, followed thirty seconds later by the First Officer saying in Egyptian Arabic "Tawkalt ala Allah", which translates to "I rely on God." A minute later, the autopilot was disengaged, immediately followed by the First Officer again saying, "I rely on God."
Three seconds later, the throttles for both engines were reduced to idle, and both elevators were moved three degrees nose down. The First Officer repeated "I rely on God" seven more times before the Captain is suddenly heard to ask repeatedly, "What's happening, what's happening?"
The flight data recorder reflected that the elevators then moved into a split condition, with the left elevator up and the right elevator down. At this point, both engines were shut down by moving the start levers from run to cutoff. The Captain asked, "What is this? What is this? Did you shut the engines?"
EgyptAir Flight 990 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean killing all 217 people on board.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EgyptAir_Flight_990
Suicidal captians, suicidal pilots, financial distress, family battles, divorce, depression, scandal and blackmail, these are all issues that can`t be mitigated or ignored, none of those problems have been entered at or discussed at the NEB review hearings, we can`t as a country or province close our eyes to these issues, they are indeed possibilities and unpreventable, if a captian or pilot wants to wreak havoc there is nothing we can do to stop it..And as stated by many, a supertanker rupture of Alberta bitumen on our northern coast will destroy our west coast fishery, destroy the fishery and the birds die, bears starve, eagles disappear, it`s all connected, forget odds and likelihood statistics, there is only one thing to remember, a major spill would forever alter British Columbia for the worse, future generations will be deprived the privilege of living in Super Natural British Columbia..And that is indeed a crime against humanity..
Enbridge ads sickens me, "a path to our future" they claim, what is a future without wild salmon, without eagles and bears, without kelp forests, without clean drinking water, Stephen Harper, Joe Oliver and Enbridge care only of personal wealth for the few, in their eyes our treasures can be sacrificed, and it`s that reason why Canada has rejected Harperism and crony capitalism...
Our British Columbia will not be sacrificed for CEO bonus packages or shareholder profits, Enbridge will never get social license to pipe bitumen across our province, whether war in woods or court battles running decades, this battle has been won, BC Liberals are a spent force and the NDP won`t allow Enbridge to proceed, any NDP leader who even entertains the thought of pushing or allowing Enbridge through will quickly be removed and replaced, even BC Liberal voters, BC Conservative voters, if there is one issue in BC that crosses party lines is opposition to Enbridge, poll after poll shows near 80% of BC opposed, those remaining 20% are uninformed and or don`t represent our province..
There are no safety measures that can prevent accidents, stop terrorism, or guarantee anything, even the mighty US navy, imagine the technology and electronics that are fitted on a mine-sweeper, GPS, satellite uplinks, side-sonar, depth sounders, radar, computers and sophistication of man`s newest technology...
Well, what would you say if I told you a US mine sweeper become grounded on a world heritage site, a coral reef, a site with unique species, a protected zone, once grounded they thought they could be towed off the reef at high tide, not, this attempt only further exasperated the problem, it only destroyed more of the coral, now firmly stuck on a world heritage site coral reef a decision was made to abandon the ship, it couldn`t be saved, a decision was made to bring in a super barge and cut the ship into thirds, load the pieces on this massive barge...The first super-barge with a massive crane brought in couldn`t stay anchored in place, their 4 anchors were shredding huge swaths of the coral reef, a new plan was required, an even bigger super barge with crane was brought in, this modern-craned-equiped barge has GPS and many thrusters, these keep the barge in place, work was started, giant on deck pieces of the mine sweeper removed, then the welding ship-cutters started, the first third of the minesweeper was loaded onto the barge, only now the weather whipped up and it had to leave, this minesweeper, 2/3 rds of the minesweeper still remain embedded on the coral reef, damage is extensive, divers representing the country whose have jurisdiction over this world heritage site are measuring the damage done, there will be $millions in fines levied against the US Government..
A modern minesweeper, the best equipment, gps, sonar, radar, satellite positioning, a full crew, a trained crew and still accidents happen..
The US navy said on Wednesday that it would dismantle a minesweeper that ran aground on a coral reef in the Philippines after carefully studying all options on how to remove the damaged ship.
The navy spokesman James Stockman said dismantling the USS Guardian was determined to be the solution that would involve the least damage to the Tubbataha Reef, a protected marine sanctuary where the ship got stuck 17 January.
He said the Philippine coastguard was reviewing the plan, but gave no other details.
The navy had said previously that the ship would be lifted by crane on to a barge and taken to a shipyard, but apparently the damage was too extensive and it will have to be cut up and removed in pieces. Stockman gave no time frame for the operation.
The grounding caused no casualties to the ship's 79 crew and officers, who were taken off the vessel after it crashed into the reef in shallow waters. The ship began listing and taking on water through holes in the wooden hull. The navy's support vessels siphoned off remaining fuel and salvage teams removed heavy equipment and hazardous material.
The navy is investigating the incident, which caused Philippine government agencies and environmentalists to express concern about the extent of damage to the coral reef.
Philippine President Benigno Aquino III said last week that the US navy must explain how the ship got off course. He said the navy would face fines for damaging the environment.
Thomas Carney, commander of the navy's Logistics Group in the Western Pacific, told reporters last week that the investigation would look into all the factors that may have led to the grounding, including a reported faulty digital chart, sea conditions, weather and the state of the ship's navigational equipment.
It`s those reasons why Stephen Harper and Enbridge will never be granted social license to destroy our pristine northern coast..
Any Governments that attempts to bully our province and people will be promptly removed, any Government, Liberal, Conservative, NDP, Federal or provincial.
And you can take that to the bank
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