Saturday, October 22, 2016

This Saturday In Clarkland... Breaking Booms And Spreading Oil Is NOT A World Class Spill Response.

What's the image, shown above, all about?

All is explained in this press release from the Heiltsuk:


Somehow, I don't think carpool karaoke with proMedia enablers is going to halt this tragedy.


Put another way...Where, exactly, is our ledge avoiding, photo-op obsessed Premier anyway?



Anonymous said...

somewhere in asia perhaps on that new direct air canada to new Delhi non stop she lobbied for?right behind Mike De Gong india 22-29 opt 2017

dont wanna be around if corexit dispersant gets sprayed overnight on spill?

davemj said...

I read she was with the Minister of the Enviornment on a fundraiser not sure where i read it have to check it out again and report. If this is true its at best disgusting,but who would be surprised? maybe the Min and Clark love one another,s company they do think alike the spill is not as important as they are concerned.

North Van's Grumps said...

WCMRC vessels are NOT double Hull

If they go on the rocks, does the SECOND BEST take-over?

Anonymous said...

Cristy is looking into having some giant kotex manufactured in india that is why she is flying to Delhi. They will suck up all that nasty oil and diesel. Maybe they could drape one over the government building in Victoria and suck up all those drips. On second thought we can doush those nasties out in the spring.

Anonymous said...

North Van's Grumps said...

No mention by the MSM, or the BC Liberals, of where the Nathan E. Stewart was transporting their toxic brew from out of Canada, eh.


If KM is not acknowledging for their fuel being transported by a tug/barge, then what does that say about how they would respond to an OIL TANKER spill?

"Friends. Currently, the NYC-registered pusher-tug, Nathan E Stewart and its 10,000-capacity barge are moored at Burnaby Mountain, - at the Kinder Morgan terminal
, where it is loading up for its voyage north. The barge/tug combo was anchored near 2nd Narrows for the past few days, and has now moved to the terminal. I expect it to head north soon. ......"

"This "pusher tug/barge combo" (the tug fits into a deep notch built into the stern of the tanker, from where it pushes the barge along) departs loaded several times a month, from either Everett, or Anacortes Washington,or Burnaby Mountain, Vancouver, and then heads up through Georgia Strait, often through Sabine Channel, through Johnstone Strait, Fitz Hugh, right past Bella Bella, and on up to Alaska. ...."
Ingmar Lee

North Van's Grumps said...

Based on Denny Island, near Bella Bella, 'Ingmar's worry' from Focus Online June 2015 by Leslie Campbell

Ingmar Lee background - on the doorstep to Bella Bella

Lew said...

NVG, thanks for the info. Had no idea that was a Kinder Morgan surprise.

I sent the link to some of the local media herd via Twitter asking why they hadn't properly informed the public about Kinder Morgan's very small world-class response to this situation.

It certainly will make their promises to run the safest tanker operation in the whole wide world a tad transparent.

Gee, I wonder if the silence from Vancouver Sun has anything to do with its partnership with CAPP?

e.a.f. said...

It demonstrates what B.C. really is. A second class back water. B.C. Lieberals like to describe B.C. as world class but at what? Really, the mountains, scenery, etc. weren't the creations of the B.C. Lieberals even though some of them might think they are god.

Just another realllllly good example why we should not have tankers on the cost. accidents happen. its not the companies or politicians who have to life with the results, it the local people.

People might want to consider sending Trudeau a letter about their thoughts on tankers, just so he knows for sure. In my opinion it won't matter what we send Christy and her cabal. They don't really care.
Christy and her cabal will just spin it so that oil spills create jobs.

Christy clark just doesn't get it nor does she want to.

In the end, the question is; do we want to foul our water, land, etc so some foreign corporation and/or country can make more money?

North Van's Grumps said...

Coal to Newcastle??? Why is Kinder Morgan SENDING oil to Alaska out of Burrard Inlet? Better yet, Why does Alaska NEED to import oil when they have six refineries?

Alaska has five operating refineries. Two of them, in the Prudhoe Bay region, supply fuel to crude oil drilling operations. Motor gasoline demand is primarily met by a refinery in Kenai, and aviation and heating fuels are produced there and in two other refineries, located at Valdez and near Fairbanks.

cfvua said...

Some of the fuel shipped up the BC coast goes to Haines , Alaska and is forwarded by truck to Yukon destinations as far down the Alaska Highway as Watson Lake. Ironic in that some of the oil used to make the fuel originates from fields in Northeast BC and almost makes a full circle. Having a refinery at the oil source makes way too much sense I suppose as the one that was here was sold off the UAE years ago. Story was it was too small. Strange that a too small refinery for BC's small production was the right size for a country swimming in oil.
Never had a fuel shortage ever up in the north prior to the sale, now they occur frequently.

RossK said...

Thanks for that cfvua--

Very helpful insight.


Anonymous said...

BC prefers concrete over children a symptom of pay to play politics.underperforming megaprojects and over budget.

Anonymous said...


Yes, where is our Premier? Where is the media re her absence?

Say what you want about the dysfunction to the South, their media does not lay back in silent complicity and clubby solidarity, waiting for the fattening, as enjoyed by a growing stable of owned scribblers a la Nord.

Moreover, it would simply not tolerated by those among the American people who still have blood running through their veins. For good or bad, they are not the Northern "Undead".

"Trump receives his first major newspaper endorsement, and he has Sheldon Adelson to thank"
'Sheldon Adelson bought the Las Vegas Review-Journal for $140 million last year.'

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr. October 23 at 6:42 PM

The Las Vegas Review-Journal became the first major newspaper to endorse Donald Trump for president this election season, stating that, while the candidate has flaws, he'll bring needed disruption and change to Washington.
"Mr. Trump represents neither the danger his critics claim nor the magic elixir many of his supporters crave," the paper said in its endorsement. "But he promises to be a source of disruption and discomfort to the privileged, back-scratching political elites for whom the nation’s strength and solvency have become subservient to power’s pursuit and preservation."

The paper was bought by Sheldon Adelson last year, a major Republican donor who is also another billionaire linked to casinos. It remained unclear who bought the newspaper at the time of the deal, but many speculated whoever it was — that person really wanted to own this newspaper.

Soon after, it was reported that Adelson bought the Review-Journal for a whopping $140 million.

Len said...

This is the second american tug to hit the beach this year,and i personally believe in both cases its because of napping and driveing...if these companies can't hire people that will stay awake while they are on shift,they should all have to take Canaidian pilots

Scotty on Denman said...

Hey! Where's the Prancing Majorette standing side-by-side with her First Nation "sisters" to get through this crisis, like she did at the Mount Polley disaster?

And where's old Spittle-Face Bill Bennet standing on a slick-surrounded raft shouting, "Spill? What spill? I don't see any spill!" like he did at Mount Polley?...

...oh yeah, I forgot, he ain't running in the next election. Sa-aaaaaay, do you suppose...?...nah, nothing could make this slick THAT good!


Anonymous said...

If Trudeau is starting to behave like Harper then this would indicate a 7th floor management directing regardless of political stripe?

North Van's Grumps said...

Nathan E. Stewart 2011 Same Oil Barge in Alaskan Waters with all the statistics included Tug/Barge

The Tug Nathan E Stewart is a 95-foot commercial tug with six crew members aboard. The tug was towing the Barge DBL-55, a 300-foot fuel barge, en route to Skagway. The tug has 45,000 gallons of diesel and 500 gallons of lube oil on board. The cargo on board the fuel barge is reported to be 2.2 million gallons of diesel fuel, 1028 gallons of aviation fuel and 700 gallons of other petroleum products.

Anonymous said...

non BC non cap reporting?

Len said...

where the hell is transport Canada and why isn't someone asking them some fairly important questions....I work on the water and it's not very nice to think some of these guys running the big tugs are napping

RossK said...


Is there a report somewhere on that first incident that you mentioned that you can link to for us?



Len said...

it was just north of Campbell River,the barge was packing a load of fuel it wasn't suppose to have...I believe it was late Feb or early march...they made the turn at Chatham pt,but didn"t make Ripple pt,the tug hit the beach and the barge hit right beside it,I tried to find it in the Campbell River newspaper but couldn't

RossK said...

Thanks very much Len--

I'll have a look around.


Anonymous said...

SH @ Len and RossK:

by Mike Davies - Campbell River Mirror
posted Mar 15, 2016 at 2:00 PM

At approximately 2 a.m. Tuesday morning, the Campbell River Coast Guard responded to an American barge that had run aground north of Campbell River.

RossK said...

Thanks very much SH--

Here's the link.

Is this the incident you were talking about Len?


Anonymous said...

fight fire with fire
I dont mean lie like BC lies but.let the lawsuits begin.You have til may to make them count.

Len said...

sorry Ross I was away for a couple of days...that is the incident I was talking about but what the don't say is there was a huge pile of fuel on that barge that wasn't suppose to be there,and when the barge was in Menzies bay there were tree limbs sticking out of the containers on the front of the barge. a huge nightmare that could have happened.Good thing the barge didn't run over the tug as they were doing about 13kn.acording to AIS

RossK said...

Thanks Len--


Are these one offs, or, are you concerned that these outfits are taking risks regularly?


Len said...

There are suppose to be two men on watch on these big tugs so i dont know how they are doing this unless it's a cost cutting thing and they are allowed to get away with only one.Makes me wonder

the salamander said...

.. I belive #cdnpoli and #nathanestewart on Twitter would help inform First Nations & the rest of us Canadians to truly understand, not just this disaster, but the complete failure at the vsrious political levels - including the nonsense of their promises & the failure of their delivery. Thus we all need to know all the facts of the 'pusher tug' and barge's navigation route, its cargo & purpose, its crew status when it grounded etc. Loke the Mt Polley scandal, it seems neither Mainstream Media or Politicians are very interested in getting to the truth. What seems important to me re the Nathan E Stewart grounding, is what a perfect relatively small scale 'spill' occurred.. a spill that floats - deisel - yet the spll response was a complete failure. So if we think in terms of the barge ruinning aground & fully loaded - then jump in magnitude to Dilbit which purportedly 'floats' then what is the grim reality of an Asian LNG supertanker aground or exploding or a dilbit supertanker. Its ttruly beyond belief that the promoters & political enablers of pipelines processing ports and supertankers almost always pretend this is all about 'Energy Security for Canadians' when its really about stripping resources to feed the Asian economies