Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Nothing can go wrong, nrthng cun go rong...

One of Murphy's Laws:
"If you perceive that there are four possible ways in which something can go wrong, and circumvent these, then a fifth way, unprepared for, will promptly develop.

Corollary: It will be impossible to fix the fifth fault, without breaking the fix on one or more of the others"
Fracking to blame for well blowout near Innisfail, CBC News, December 12, 2012
"An investigation into the blowout of a well near Innisfail last January shows fracking was responsible.

"...The [Energy Resources Conservation] board found Midway Energy didn't follow its own guidelines... when it began pumping high-pressure fluids underground in an attempt to release oil deposits."
Enbridge pipeline hearings return to Prince Rupert, Vancouver Observer, Dec. 10/12
"...hearings come just days after Capesize Giuseppe Lembo, a tanker from Tianjin, China, arrived at Prince Rupert on Dec. 6 with a crack in the hull, according to the Maritime Bulletin."
BC coal terminal berth wiped out in ship collision, Canadian Press, Dec. 10/12
"A 289m bulk carrier, the Cape Apricot, crashed into a trestle supporting a conveyor system that moved coal from the terminal to the berth. The collision destroyed approximately 100m of the conveyor system and caused approximately 30 tonnes of coal to be spilled into the harbour. It also destroyed a roadway connecting the terminal and the berth."
Two vessels collide in the North Sea, Canadian Press, Dec. 6/12
"The 485ft Baltic Ace sank after colliding with the 440ft container ship Corvus J in darkness near busy shipping lanes some 40mi off the coast of the southern Netherlands."
Ship Sinks Off South China, The Maritime Executive, Dec. 11/12
"Four are missing after a ship sank on Sunday in waters near south China's Guangdong province. The Qingyuan-registered ship experienced an engine room flood that caused it to sink near the city of Yangjiang around 11 p.m. locally."
Coastal safety, Northern Insight, Nov. 23/12
"Second B.C. shipping incident in two days..."
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  1. But Norm,what about those "World class safety standards"?

  2. I agree with Rafe Mair who said that, over time, a major spill is inevitable. Like the lotteries we play, the chance is small for any one moment, but the expected result will occur. Somewhere. At some time. It always does.

  3. These Pipeline supporters, living in a "fools paradise".

    One spill, of major proportions, is all it will take. They are still finding oil, in Prince William Sound, years after the Exxon Valdez spill. The pipeline industry, has a terrible track record, when it comes to spills, on land or water.

    There would'nt be enough money, from any insurance company to cover the damage done, or cleanup the mess that would decimate, northern coastal waters, for generations to come.

  4. Will makes a good question: just what are "world class" safety standards? I hadn't noticed they were that good for oil spills. What are the stats for bitumen or dilbit spills in cold salt chuck?

    It seems to me all the pretty-coloured booming equipment, skimmers, dispersants and armies of bird scrubbers are, for all the good they do, merely a cost of doing business. In other words, they allow spills to happen, world class spills.



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