Sunday, January 04, 2015

Beer v. Dilbit...Is That A Pipeline We Could All Get Behind?


It would appear that the time has come to pay attention to....

Those diabolical Belgians:

In the years since the De Halve Maan brewery opened a bottling facility outside Bruges (Belgium) in 2010, the company’s faced a tricky logistics problem. It still brews beer at its original site downtown, just as it has for nearly five centuries. To get all that delicious beer to the new factory for filtration, bottling, and shipping, it uses trucks...


...No more. The city council has approved the brewery’s unusual but clever plan to save time and money while reducing emissions and congestion. It will build a pipeline to ferry the good stuff across town, underground. Yes, you read that right: A beer pipeline.

Instead of making the 3-mile drive in one of dozens of tankers that traverse town each day, the award-winning beer will flow through a 1.8-mile polyethylene pipeline, making the trip in 15 to 20 minutes. The pipeline will move 6,000 liters of beer every hour...

I mean, can you imagine what would happen if a homegrown beer pipeline of our very own were to spring a leak?

Somehow I don't think there would be much spillage to even begin cleaning up.

Tip O' The Toque to E-car guy John Stonier on the Twittmachine.



North Van's Grumps said...

Now there's a thought RossK, instead of having IPPs building dams on all our rivers so they can claw back an overpriced rate on our electricity bills, set by the BC Liberals for their cronies, all that the IPPs would have to do is build pipeline and feed it to reservoirs.... oh wait a minute, that's what rivers do anyway and it doesn't cost the public anything.

Anonymous said...

The BC Clean Energy Act has some interesting stuff in it, for example Sec. 6:

(2) The authority (BC Hydro) must achieve electricity self-sufficiency by holding,

(a) by the year 2016 and each year after that, the rights to an amount of electricity that meets the electricity supply obligations, and

(b) by the year 2020 and each year after that, the rights to 3 000 gigawatt hours of energy, in addition to the amount of electricity referred to in paragraph (a), and the capacity required to integrate that energy

solely from electricity generating facilities within the Province,

(c) assuming no more in each year than the heritage energy capability (big old dams), and

(d) relying on Burrard Thermal for no energy and no capacity, except as authorized by regulation.

See how this is a big gift to IPPs? There's a policy that all this new power has to come from IPPs or from the $9 billion Site C.

And why not use Burrard Thermal, if exporting LNG is seen as ok? - See more at: