Saturday, May 25, 2019

Court rules

So the BC Appeals Court has decided that Alberta can send whatever they like through a pipe they will build from Edmonton and the Alberta Tar Sands, into and through British Columbia, crossing land and stream on the way right into downtown Vancouver! 
BC cannot use environmental protection laws to stop the process Trans Mountain wants to build and has already started building in anticipation of a favorable ruling. Just like predicted. 

As intended, the pipeline will terminate right on Burrard Inlet in Burnaby. At the largest port on the West Coast and within tidal reach of every sandy beach, Stanley Park and virtually all communities in Metro Vancouver. You remember the pipeline that the Americans were desperate to get rid of and would have taken 10 cents on the dollar for? And Justin Trudeau and his addled Liberals bought it for twice its value. And that is only part.

Your neighborhood?
Tanker traffic will quadruple and have to navigate the tides and narrow channels on its way out to the Pacific Ocean. Past English Bay, Georgia Straight, our Gulf Islands and the America San Juan islands and Victoria.
We are told there is no risk of a spill. Its all okay folks. We have never had a real answer to what happens in that event and some only assume that a spill in the BC Mountains would just release the pipeline product into the streams and rivers and it would find its own way to the Pacific. And bitumen doesn't float away on water, it sinks to the bottom. 

Leaking into arable land is another scenario. BC has only 4 percent of it's land available for farming. 

But pipeline company and oil company executives tell us don't worry, we're looking after it. This from companies who cannot explain why BC gasoline prices are 20% higher here than everywhere else in the country.
And these companies only talk about a spill on BC lands on the way to the terminal. They can not have any guarantee of the tankers that would visit here. After pumping it into a tanker in Burnaby they have no responsibility!

above the Burnaby terminal & tank farm! Don't light a match!
We had a small spill in English Bay a while ago, and the TV stations were covering it for hours before any attempt was made to contain the sheen of oil in the water. 
Mainly because the Federal government had shut down the Coast Guard on the West Coast! Not only that, once blame was established, and the tanker company was billed for the cost of cleanup, it only offered to pay a small percentage of the costs! 

In case you were wondering, Exxon oil has not paid all the costs or fines of their Valdez spill 30 years later! Their retainer lawyers are seeing to that!
The BP spill in the gulf of Mexico has resulted in a huge dead zone where nothing can live or grow again! No shrimp, no fish, not even seaweed! And all the while the Deep Water Horizon was leaking underwater the CEO of the corporation was lying through his teeth about what was going on down there. And even told the President of America and the US Navy to butt out! And they did. 
The Kalamazoo river spill is ongoing as the heavy crude in that spill continues to pollute and the company makes many returns to dredge again. No mention of fish populations or tainted water. And there are hundreds of pipeline spills all over America where pipelines ruptured and destroyed communities.

How long until someone knew about this?
Which brings us to exactly what would spill. The court decision says that Alberta can ship oil through BC whether we like it or not. Now there might be a chink in their armor here. What defines oil?
As it is intended right now, what will come through that pipeline to Vancouver, is NOT oil, or heavy crude even, is it bitumen, a gravelly mixture of tar like substance that will not flow through a pipe across the Rockies.

So the oil company needs to make that tar sand product pump-able, and they dilute it with heated water and certain chemicals to make it liquid. It is now called dilbit, diluted bitumen. The stickler here, is that no oil company will reveal what chemicals they use to treat the dilbit, that information is a trade secret. What some have learned is that whatever chemicals are used to liquify the piped product are surely carcinogenic and should be nowhere near human communities along the route of the pipeline. And I have not heard a single so-called reporter ask what happens to that so-called water. This is often called a 'scientific uncertainty'. Sort of like Nixon Talk, when he called a lie, a 'terminological inexactitude'!

Do you see the problem here? How can our first responders, who will have to react to pipeline breaks, product spills, clean-ups and possible fires etc, be able to attack the toxic problem if they have no idea what the product contains? Firemen say all the time that if they don't know what is in that burning building they are not going to send in guys or gals to investigate when a threat to life exists. How many HazMat teams need to be standing by? Some products in that dilbit mix can be benzine, tuluene and hexane. Toxic to the environment and downright dangerous to people!

HazMat procedures for workers, what about us?
And also the Court ruled that an oil pipeline can be built through BC and used, but it did say an OIL pipeline. They never thought on the idea that hazardous chemicals were being piped across some of the most pristine areas of British Columbia. Could they pipe cyanide through it? What onus does that present to our Federal Government responsibilities? Will BC have an inspection point at our border with Alberta to analyze what the hell is passing in that pipe? And a shut-off valve if needed?

So meanwhile, the powers-that-be keep saying it is okay, Canada needs it. So put your money where your mouth is Alberta and Canada, give us a fund of about a billion dollars for a fix if needed. We'll use the interest to train for disaster response.

This sort of smacks of what the Federal government did when the Lac-Megantic rail disaster occurred, resulting in oil fires and explosions that killed 42 people and destroyed all but three of the downtown buildings. The government enacted a law stating that railroads now had to inform communities when dangerous cargo was moving through their towns. Sounds good huh?
But wait, they only have to tell you up to a YEAR AFTER those goods have passed by!

The question remains; Can a people be exposed to danger by a court ruling?

You trying to keep the faith too? I am at the edge of losing mine.

And I haven't even mentioned endangered Orcas or already dwindling BC wild salmon runs yet! Fish don't swim too good in sludge. Trees don't grow either.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Building 7 commits suicide

The before pic

WT7 before pic

World Trade Seven suicided
 you must watch this

 Sure and it is true, Dick Cheney told me so ........ the d on the end of suicide is NOT a typo.

The term has come into colloquial use because hundreds of people have been suicided since 9/11, witnesses to something mostly, many by shooting themselves twice, some in the back of the head.

And you trusted BBC news too didn't you? Sure, we all did ... until that day. Click this link for the 'on the moment' coverage by BBC's Jane Standley and wonder about the link suddenly scrambling itself and wonder WHY it begins to scramble?

 watch this one too

Is that an agenda or what? Do you still trust BBC news? These so-called news people people are being totally duped and controlled. Do you think someone was calling out in panic, "Oh no, it isn't down yet, kill that BBC feed!" Did BBC air their response before they were supposed to? What was the script for Jane, and when did she get it?

And you have the nerve to ridicule conspiracy theorists? hahaha.

To some it is too painful to remember, but to others, too painful to forget.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Hey Big Spender ♪♪

Canucks' Jim Benning has ways of getting rid of the team owners' money! One believes the Aquilini brothers can afford it.

How to spend must be in the Hockey GM's manual -

Loui Ericksson - few goals since signed - 6.3 MILLION dollars a year for 4 more years!

Three mediocre Free Agents signed last year - Antoine Rouselle, (penalty leader) Tim Schaller, Jay Beagle, all have limited ice time - all older, all on 4 YEAR contracts.

Canucks still paying half of Roberto Luongo's 10 million dollar salary while he plays in Florida.

Canucks paying Sam Gagner's wages while he plays in the AHL for a team NOT related to Utica, the teams' AHL farm team. Maybe checking Canucks' young prospects if he plays against the Comets?  Bad situation.

Michael Del Zotto just traded to Sharks, Canucks will 'pick up' 25% of his salary too!

Is Trevor Linden being paid still because they got rid of a guy who wanted to build Canucks through the draft slowly? While Benning undermined the President and convinced the spaghetti brothers he could get the team winning right now? IF they got rid of the Trevor thorn? Preventing Benning from doing some Matts Sundin and Mark Messier-like deals? Is there anyone left who believes the Canucks could beat any other team four out of seven in a playoff series?

One would almost think the Aquilini brothers are spending Daddy's money all this time and are not so smart after all? They seem to be handcuffed by the situation Benning has put them in. Is it all about Italian ego now?

Don't be taken in by the Pettersson impact, the team does little without him and Boesser needs someone who can pass the puck or receive it. Not likely among the soft players around him with the exception of workhorse Bo Horvat, who is being run to death trying to save Travis Green's job. And poor Travis can't sit the poor players without inciting Benning's wrath for embarrassing him!

And there is still doubt about Green's ego when he sat Boesser TWO games for his first NHL start! And gave the Sedins about 5 minutes per game (ego again) until he realized the Sedins were all he had until Pettersson arrived! And consider that instead of Benning calling the above mentioned fifth liners as Mentors to the young players, what effect the Sedins would have had on Pettersson's development?

And we hear that Quinn Hughes, already drafted but finishing up with his own team, (?) won't be signing anything until the end of the NHL season? Why? Benning said it is okay with him, but is it? Hughes is billed as the savior to the team, Is Quinn considering if he actually wants to play for Vancouver? Sometimes agents put that prospect to their client when something isn't quite right. And brother Jack is coming up for draft. The Hughes brothers want to play together and we all know that Benning is no Brian Burke to get them both.

Boesser has not signed a real contract yet, and is still on his entry level contract, and also his agent has let it be known that nothing will happen until season end. Does that make anyone nervous? Petterson will be on entry level another year. Do agents consider the management of the team while advising their clients? Is the toughness of the Canucks a factor if whether he will sign here? Is his future only a target with a coach who meekly looks away when his star is attacked? Can he look forward to injuries as part of his hockey life?
Pettersson is already being compared to Gretsky but maybe we need a winger to compare with Dave Semenko? Where is the gritty Matt Cook when we need him?
Would all that money draining from the Canucks' war chest influence the dollars being offered to their star players?

Benning thinks he can trade Edler for the end of the season, then get him back for next year again! If you discard a top player he tends to lose his loyalty to the team! And should ANY player on the Canucks make less than Loui?

Benning has ways of getting rid of the team owner's money. Do the Aquilinis have enough to keep him around yet another year when it is obvious his first GM job is way over his head? His mistake list is longer than the team roster! Does Travis Green have the kind of fire in his gut to run an NHL team? Does he get angry enough to take a personal penalty sometimes, for showing the league faults in not protecting their own entertainment stars? 'I didn't see what happened' is NOT an answer, it is an excuse.

Sorry, look at the team and the obvious answer is NO!

What's next? Fin cheering for the San Diego Chicken while billing the Canucks for Orca skin?