Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Howe Sound, Bowen Island, West Vancouver, Kitimat and Prince Rupert, In The Line of Fire, KABOOM

Before you read this article, and watch the videos, ....Jordon Sturdy, a BC Liberal, along with Rich Coleman, Susan Anton attended a swanky affair in a West Vancouver private golf course, media was forbidden to attend, Bob Mackin got chased out, ..The event was billed as an election 2017 fundraiser for BC Liberal Jordan Sturdy...However, the private, no media allowed event was funded by, paid by,...Woodfibre LNG...A company that just submitted their application for a environmental certificate from the BC Liberal Government, ...On the eve of this event Woodfibre filed for that certificate, then Woodfibre paid for, funded and donated large sums of cash to the BC Liberals....This is/was a total conflict of interest..Woodfibre paid off the BC Liberals, to attain greenlighted environmental certificates Woodfibre paid the piper, ....Also know as the grafty BC Liberals....Details of this corruption is the below link..

Oh, before you read the below, you should be aware that the own of Woodfibre LNG is a convicted tax evader....A environmental criminal, his own family has tried to warn the world of her father`s sins, and record..

Pemex gas plant explosion in Mexico..(December/2012)

Huge natural gas explosion in Sissonville West Virginia....

 Kansas City 2012

Alabama 2013

Western Massachussetts 2012

Mexico 2012

LNG Tanker in China, 2012

Edison NJ..1994

2012..Natural gas pipeline explosion


The LNG Tanker, massive ship, the length of two football fields..

One LNG plant, for example the Petronas proposed project, 190 LNG transport ships per year, 190 ships coming, 190 ships going, in reality it`s more like 380 traverses per year, those ships that arrive must also leave..

That is one LNG plant, let`s assume for the time being that 8 LNG plants get built in BC...4 in Prince Rupert and 4 in Kitimat..each requiring 190 yearly LNG transport ships..760 LNG transport ships coming to Kitimat, 760 LNG transport ships leaving Kitimat each year, the same for Prince Rupert...(760 X 2 in Prince George too = 1520 traverses)

Now let`s add in 200 Alberta tar oil(diluted bitumen) transport tankers coming each year to Kitimat, 200 tar oil tankers leaving Kitimat each year.

Add it all up, the third most dangerous waterway in the world(Douglas Channel and the Hecate Strait)...A place where 40 and 50 foot waves are common, a place where hurricane force winds occur many times per year, every year, a place where these storms rage for days on end, raging storms where no shipping could happen, thus piling up ships in waiting, ..

1520 LNG transport ships coming and going..760 in..760 out...400 Diluted bitumen ships coming and going..200 per year in...200 out..And when storms rage for days these ships will pile up, get backlogged, these ships cannot call on other ports, an accident waiting to happen.

And we have the LNG plants themselves, giant potential bombs, visible, not discreet, giant white orbs filled with millions of litres of frozen natural gas..

Accidents do happen, a collision at sea between a behemoth LNG carrier and an oil tanker would most certainly be disastrous, and explosive..

LNG plant explosions, being so visible they are indeed a target for terrorists, and if anyone thinks terrorism doesn`t exist in British Columbia has forgotten our B.C. history, the Air India bombing that killed hundreds, that bomb was placed on the jet at Vancouver International Airport...

The millennium bomber who was caught at a border crossing in British Columbia, caught with a car loaded with explosives, the terrorist had intentions of bombing LAX airport in Los Angelos..

Homegrown terrorists, or should I say, British Columbia based terrorists..

Kitimat, Prince Rupert, not exactly security hubs, rural coastal towns with easy port access, ports where one can sail in, or motor in and out of with nary a question asked..

Pooled gas explosions ....Slow leak explosions....Sudden catastrophic explosions,..LNG is concentrated frozen natural gas, holding tanks contain millions of litres of gas, terrorism is a real threat, collision at sea and within the ports are real threats, human error is a threat, mechanical breakdown and many others factors come into play..

Natural gas leaks can send gas downwind where gases can accumulate to the point where one, or many can become asphyxiated, or accumulations of gas can migrate until an ignition source sets off the gas, a muffler, a switch, an engine, even a thermostat, ....

Natural gas fires burn hotter than oil fires,  these fires cannot be extinguished with water or foam, these type of fires only stop burning when all fuels are expended, with many LNG plants proposed for each of those ports, all being fed by pipelines coming from the east, or northeast, pipeline coming from inland head towards the coast, any LNG plant explosion would rip through the port of Kitimat, rip back towards the pipeline burning everything in its way, ...

Natural gas leakages would blow inwards, towards inland, meaning towards the populous, the prevailing winds blow from offshore towards the mainland, ...A natural gas leak of scale, the gas would migrate back towards the town of Kitimat until it finds an ignition source, then kaboom, depending on the gas concentration a fire or explosion would track back to the LNG plant where a catastrophic explosion would occur, any LNG plant explosion could be compared too or be on the scale of the great Halifax harbour explosion....That explosion of munitions was caused when two marine vessels collided. a fire started which ignited the munitions..An epic disaster, historic levels of human suffering, films have been done on that human error disaster, tales of terror passed down from generation to generations, a true story of a populous port  town nearly wiped off the map, entire families blasted to bits...2000 dead, 9000 injured..


"The Halifax Explosion occurred near Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, on the morning of Thursday, December 6, 1917. SS Mont-Blanc, a French cargo ship fully laden with wartime explosives, collided with the Norwegian vessel SS Imo[2] in the Narrows, a strait connecting the upper Halifax Harbour to Bedford Basin. Approximately twenty minutes later, a fire on board the French ship ignited her volatile cargo, causing a cataclysmic explosion that devastated the Richmond District of Halifax.

 Approximately 2,000 people were killed by debris, fires, and collapsed buildings, and it is estimated that nearly 9,000 others were injured.[3] The blast was the largest man-made explosion prior to the development of nuclear weapons[4] with an equivalent force of roughly 2.9 kilotons of TNT.[5] In a meeting of the Royal Society of Canada in May 1918, Dalhousie University's Professor Howard L. Bronson estimated the blast at some 2.4 million kilograms of high explosive."


There is more explosive power in one loaded LNG carrier than what blew up in Halifax in 1917...One loaded LNG tanker is equivalent to 5 Hiroshima nuclear blasts, yes, there is that much explosive energy in those carriers....

The port of Kitimat, if it had 4 LNG plants, if there were several loaded or partially loaded LNG tankers, with all the adjacent feedstock natural gas pipelines, you are talking about the equivalent of 50 Hiroshima nuclear bombs sitting there, one collision, one catastrophic human error, one  Tsunami, an earthquake and tsunami, a runaway marine vessel, an act of terrorism..

Hello British Columbia, let me be perfectly clear, I don`t expect a bunch of LNG export plants to be built, however, no one has talked about the potential dangers, we have seen in recent days large industrial explosions that destroyed towns, there was a big explosion in Texas....Towns in California have been blown to bits by natural gas pipelines that were punctured..

There are several issues at play for people living in Kitimat, these behemoth LNG plants, and LNG cargo ships will be belching vast volumes of greenhouse gases that will blow directly into Prince Rupert and Kitimat, that is the direction prevailing winds blow..

With such a concentration of LNG plants in one area, all needing pipelines and feedstock, all needing LNG cargo ships to export the product the potential for a catastrophic explosion does exist, human error, drunken or drugged employees, mental issues, blackmail and terrorism, with winds blowing fumes inland entire towns can become asphyxiated, die in their sleep..

I hope you enjoy the above videos, there are hundreds more available if one looks..

Catastrophic accidents happen every year around the world, Murphy`s law..

"Anything that can go wrong will go wrong"

And reality, the more LNG plants in one area the more likelihood of a accident, also, there is no way to remove the human error factor, the tired employee factor, the defective part, the lax inspection, terrorism..

Here`s a very interesting link on LNG pool explosions and slow leak explosions..

The Straight Goods

Cheers Eyes Wide Open


Hugh said...

BC greenhouse gas reduction objectives:

(g) to reduce BC greenhouse gas emissions:

(ii) by 2016 and for each subsequent calendar year to at least 18% less than the level of those emissions in 2007,

(iii) by 2020 and for each subsequent calendar year to at least 33% less than the level of those emissions in 2007.

the salamander said...

.. sad to say.. but you're one of the few who's math regarding tanker trips is accurate. They do have to 'come and go' which equals two transits in any real universe.

The potential for a 'Bleve' explosion in Kitimaat or Prince Rupert is also accurate. Or on lesser scales anywhere in BC, Alberta or the rest of Canada. An offshore or coastal seismic 'event' of course would get some attention.. and I've detailed some of this to The Disaffected Lib, and Rafe etc.. out your way.. among others.

But those explosions will just be the flaming viking funeral.. for the marine & coastal ecosystems, the rain forest & inland waters, the boreal forest etc.. which died, were killed off by the followers of Stevie/Ray and the konservative alliance petro zealot pandas praying to China & Israel. The Tom
Flanagan egg suckers & treaty trashers

Keep up the fine work Grant.. I'd like to help in more useful ways as an artist & writer. I'm going to adapt more of these disgusting, disastrous but impending petro political madness realities in my current novel, Diamond Walker.. set of course in coastal BC and being revised.. and the sequel underway, Hunter Walker, set in boreal Alberta. if I can get those to film as well, maybe it will help.. I hope so.

Don't forget how sonar will be used by all those ships and tugs. No marine mammal that I know of will survive the killing underwater barrage.. and I assume untold other non mammal species, crustaceans, fish, mollusks, birds etc will be traumatized. Dry land creatures will see their shorelines attacked..

Its all for the economy, the conservatives, China, economic action plans, prorogues & Gawd Bless the Senate, the Queen bee Stephen and his drone Ray Novak.. and those deeply disturbed Ministers Oliver, Kent, Ashfield.. and Christie Clark, that great environmental idiot savant not ..

Grant G said...

Thanks Hugh..Great contribution Salamander.

Perhaps you can send me an e-copy of your book..

Robin Mathews has his last book on my side-bar..

"Canada, The Road To Facism"

He`s had thousands of reads...

I posted several chapters at a time, then after the last chapter I put them altogether for a one stop book, available for coping or linking.

Anywho, we`ll always have pictures of wildlife.


Danneau said...

This would be (another) damning post were it not for the impervious hide on the folks running the show.