Saturday, August 16, 2014

March 8, 2005: Mount Polley: Tailings storage capacity was increased. With or without Mines Minister Pat Bell's OK?

Lebel gave much of the credit for the mine reopening to the current B.C. government, for its "much-improved mining policies and permitting process," and to "super-flow-through shares," which allowed the company to discover and define the Northeast zone during an industry downturn.
Local and provincial politicians were on hand for the reopening celebration. All agreed that "safe, environmentally sensitive mining" provides economic benefits and diversification to local communities and the province.
Cabinet Minister Pat Bell, a former minister of mines, used the occasion to urge resource companies "to come back to B.C. and look for opportunities." He also reaffirmed the government's support for mining, which has created hundreds of new jobs with an average (province-wide) salary of $94,500.
"We're absolutely committed to making sure this industry has a long-term future in the province," Bell said.
Lebel assured guests that Mount Polley would have a long-term future too, thanks to the booming metal-hungry economies of China and India, and invited everyone to attend the mine's 10-year operating anniversary in mid-September 2015.
- See more at:
  Tailings storage capacity was also increased to accommodate start up and continuing operations of the mill."
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The Pits and Infrastructure

A geologic cross section of the Mount Polley deposit. The red portions represent the magma bodies, while green and orange sections represent volcanic rock
If you look real close the two lakes of Polley and Quesnel are just about visible on the right with Bootjack Lake to the Left.  Could it be that the intent all along has been that the two lakes of Bootjack and Polley were destined to become Tailings ponds..... lakes...


A little bit of history for Mount Polley:

J. MacPhail:  (Opposition Leader)(May 17, 2004)

I think the minister mistook me for David Anderson.

           We were, though, in the 1930s and forties, price setters, and now in British Columbia we're price takers, not price makers. There was an example from the 1990s about mining, and it proves to be very insightful in relation to the growing economy. In June of '97 the Mount Polley mine was completed. Private sector investment–built, it took over 12 months and $115 million of investment. In September of 2001 the mine had to suspend operations because commodity prices had plummeted. Now those commodity prices are back, and hopefully this mine, which was built on time and under budget, will be put to useful production as well.

           What does make me a little bit nervous — and it's only a cautionary note here — is that as we know full well the mining industry is about commodity prices. We have to be ever so cautious not to throw the baby out with the bathwater and have a zeal for cutting red tape that may impede proper environmental and regulatory oversight, and then somehow be charged with improper activity in those areas in the world market.

           Certainly, a responsible, productive mining industry is a necessity for B.C. What we must do, though, is move forward to a modern, sustainable industry and not to the past where communities were devastated.


Imperial reopens Mount Polley by Vivian Danielson 2005-10-1

..... Lebel gave much of the credit for the mine reopening to the current B.C. government, for its "much-improved mining policies and permitting process," and to "super-flow-through shares," which allowed the company to discover and define the Northeast zone during an industry downturn.

Local and provincial politicians were on hand for the reopening celebration. All agreed that "safe, environmentally sensitive mining" provides economic benefits and diversification to local communities and the province.

Cabinet Minister Pat Bell, a former minister of mines, used the occasion to urge resource companies "to come back to B.C. and look for opportunities." He also reaffirmed the government's support for mining, which has created hundreds of new jobs with an average (province-wide) salary of $94,500.

"We're absolutely committed to making sure this industry has a long-term future in the province," Bell said.

Lebel assured guests that Mount Polley would have a long-term future too, thanks to the booming metal-hungry economies of China and India, and invited everyone to attend the mine's 10-year operating anniversary in mid-September 2015.  .......
Is anyone taking bets on Mount Polley being operational by mid-September 2015?   250 jobs lost Directly; 150 jobs Indirectly???

MLA John Rustad put the last of his two copper coins into the mix during Legislature Debates:(September 19, 2005)
           J. Rustad:  It is my great pleasure today to highlight the booming success of the growing mining industry over the past four years, success that is so critical to the people of our province that even a member of the NDP stood up and talked about it. But I found it amusing that the hon. member for Cariboo North talking about the Mount Polley mine in northern B.C. lectured us about how the mining industry works.

           Now I could stand here and detail the NDP's destruction of the B.C. mining industry and how our government has worked tirelessly to revive this critical industry, but I think the words of Imperial Metals chairman spoken at the grand reopening of Mount Polley this past Friday, which I had the honour of attending, really tell the true story: "For my part I would say that much of the credit goes to a provincial government that has streamlined the permitting process and encouraged British Columbians to invest in mineral exploration by offering additional tax credits under the federal flow-through share financing program. The payback to the province has been remarkable."

           The payback from the Mount Polley project has been incredible, with more than $6.5 million per month being put back into our economy. This is particularly significant considering that in 2003 the market capitalization of Imperial Metals was just $7.5 million. Today it's more than $120 million, employing more than 250 people.

           The hon. member for Cariboo North would have you believe the success was due to commodity price increases, but once again, in the words of Imperial Metals chairman: "If the super flow-through shares financing had not been available, Imperial Metals would not have raised the money to explore in B.C., and this mine would not be reopening today."

           This is the key that the NDP never seemed to understand, including the hon. member for Cariboo North. When done right, government policies can encourage growth, help create jobs and bring investment to our province. The NDP would like us to think that industries like mining are simply twigs in the stream,

Well maybe not twigs, maybe the whole tree, a forest of trees, all having been standing in the wrong place, at the wrong time, when Mount Polley's tailings pond burst, breached, broke, busted out of it's man made prison, ....

Why did knight Piesold bail out on Mount Polley in February of 2011 when they are quoted in a magazine in August 2007 that all of their projects that they take on go from concept to closure, beginning to end?

Canadian Institute of Mining Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) "Engineering Exchange" 2007 'Mining experts from concept to closure' Mount Polley and other projects. The article states that Knight Piesold pegged the end of Mount Polley to be in eight 2015!! Imperial Metals Corp was close to wrapping up the site, and walking away, when ..... the dam breached.

Knight Piésold is firmly committed to seeing projects through from beginning to end. Many of their clients are companies they have consulted for in the past. A large proportion of their contracts are long term, such as the Montana Tunnels Mine in Montana, where Knight Piésold started investigations in 1985. Twenty-three years later and they’re still there. In the mining industry, that’s a lifetime indeed.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Gordon Campbell: Mining Climate Partnership: "Strong Environmentally sensible Responses": A Culture of Entitlement?

BC Mining Industrialists: Culture of Entitlement: 
If someone has a sense of entitlement, that means the person believes he deserves certain privileges — and he's arrogant about it.
Premier Campbell Video bytes BC Liberals back:

January 25, 2008:    Premier Gordon Campbell "Event" on  "Mining Climate Action Meeting" with the Mining industry of British Columbia.  Topics raised by the Premier, HIS "concerns",  HIS "collaboration on issues",  HIS "Strong Environmentally Sensible Responses".

And then Christy, Rich, and  Bill and Mary, and those who support the idea of a Trillion Dollars in revenue, debt free in fifty, now forty-nine years to go, and oh, the Prosperity Fund too.

In 2008 Premier Gordon Campbell pleaded with the mining industry to "... look at the opportunities before you, that you know about ..." (eg.   ....Imperial Metals Corporation less than stable tailing pond dam which has ended up in Polley Lake and beyond to Quesnel Lake and Metro Vancouver) and then went on to implore the mining industrialists to hold HIS hand, HIS government hands:

"because if we don't know those we won't be able to respond .. in .. in .. Ah .. collaboration with you.."

the Honourable Gordon Campbell:
0:10 ..... if you can get the context that we are trying to act within, Ah ... you can think about the opportunities as we have, to move ahead, and you can be part of this partnership as we go ahead because,  I do think it's important for US to understand the Ah ....., for YOU to understand this.     In our Government, we believe that mining is a critically important industry to the long term future of the Province of British Columbia,  Ah .....   and people who live here.

0:31  it's not just thousand of jobs, Not hundred of millions of dollars of Revenue into Government coffers, that's all true, but frankly it takes a lot of jobs and a lot of parts of the province that is very important to us, and helps us build an economic foundation that allows us to create a better quality of life for people all over the province.  Having said that ......  

0:50 ...... Having said that,  Ah, I can tell you that, I at least, and the government .... Ah..., we believe that we have to deal with the challenge of climate change before us.  We haven't even beginned to see the cost of not dealing with this, and the earlier we deal with it, and the smarter we deal with it, the better off we'll be.  1:04

1:25  ...look at the opportunities before you, that you know about, ...  and I think what the important thing for us, at least for me, is that you feel comfortable in talking with us about where we're going and what we're doing and what your concerns are, (1:30) because if we don't know those we won't be able to respond in in Ah collaboration with you and try dealing with an issue.  We do not want to lose the potential we have in the mining industry we do want to do strong economical development as well as a strong Environmentally sensible, Ah, responses....

 1:43 Strong Environmentally sensible Responses

Would Campbell's pearls of wisdom on "Strong Environmentally sensible Responses" include improperly maintaining a tailing pond, or, was the phrase intentionally included to be a co-written RESPONSE to a catastrophic event, afterwards?

Right now the government of the BC Liberals are on the same page as Imperial Metals, in the minds of the public when it comes to the smell of collaboration.

El Gordo Events

Recall?  March 3, 2008  Awarding B.C.s Teachers  "Lighting the Fire"

Recall?  January 25, 2008 Creating Sustainable Mining  (Imperial Metals)

 Recall? Campbell? NO ... unless you boot out Harper who appointed him

Recall? Christy et al?  YES .....



And then there's this on Mount Polley Tailing Pond:


Google Search Criteria: Landsat-8 satellite images british columbia  polley lake

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Rich Coleman's LNG Assumptions: Trend Line tweaked without a "Mount Polley tailing pond dam"

Rich Coleman

British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission

Press Release



There is a way for the common folk to do their own data drilling of well sites between 2006 and 2014  using BCOGC info.  Rich's graph is one that allows him to beat his chest, not on past numbers, because they are absolutely dismal.  It's the future that he is promoting, as if it were another failure on our part, along with many others, on the chances of the BC Liberals attaining a new Mandate under Christy Clark in 2013.   The Premier said that her numbers for the last election were spot on with Dimitri and Mike at the helm of the election, everyone else, the pundits, were WRONG, and we all were.

There is a concern here though that if the airy-fairy assumption that Rich Coleman has made for LNG, FAILS, then the Trend line for Wells Drilled in BC will just keep on going DOWN to rock bottom.  The Minister has provided his own guess on the future of LNG, and reading all that is being written on British Columbia having missed the boat when coming to building LNG plants to supply Asia..... well that just hasn't been happening.

British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission pdf sorted by ABC, not 2006, 2007 etc

1982 to DECEMBER 2014

BCOGC Activity Levels

Apples and Oranges comparisona
Australia  1999 to 2009 OFFSHORE

Friday, August 8, 2014

It Must be Friday! BC's Bill Bennett Energy and Mines vs Rich Coleman LNG Minister. Taking out the garbage

Minister of Energy and Mines, Bill Bennett, released a report today on just how well he and his industries are doing.  It's all about jobs, jobs, jobs, revenue to the BC Coffers.  It's all about new mines opening... but then in a flash, he loses a pinch of credibility dealt to him by Imperial Metals Corp. (IMC) which lost control of their tailing pond at Mount Polley.  Would WE, Should WE, trust Bennett and IMC to take care with BC Hydro's over budgeted Northern Transmission Line destined for Red Chris, which is about to produce the same products... with another tailing pond, all run by IMC.

Bennett's report only mention the UPs, not the DOWNS, like jobs related to the IMC flash flood.

Annual Service Plan Report  2013/14

Message from Bill Bennett, Minister of Energy & Mines and Accountability Statement

Page 1 of 30: British Columbia relies on natural resources for much of its economic development. The priorities of the Ministry of Energy and Mines play a critical role in supporting these opportunities and contributing to our province’s success. These priorities begin with controlling  spending to balance the Ministry budget and to support the overall government budget. 

Page 4 of 30:  The Northwest Transmission Line and the extension to Iskut will power the Red Chris Mine (Imperial Metals Corp. aka Polley Lake's NEW and IMPROVED flood plain), one of the largest copper gold deposits in the world, which will employ 350 workers, including many First Nations, when it opens later this year. 

Page 5 of 30: The Ministry of Energy and Mines and Minister Responsible for Core Review’s 2013/14 Annual Service Plan Report compares the actual results to the expected (Unexpected??) results identified in the Ministry’s 2013/14-2015/16 Service Plan, as updated in June 2013.

Bill Bennett

Page 24 of 30  Discussion    Operations at mining, exploration and processing sites can be hazardous and, if not properly managed, can impact the environment.   Safeguarding the public, workers and the environment contributes to environmentally responsible development and use of these resources, which is why this measure was chosen.   The threat of accidents is always present, so ongoing policy development and education are necessary to ensure risk is minimized.

Olympic size Swimming Pool Trivia

Bill Bennett's  Tailing Pond breach released five million cubic metres, an amount of water equivalent to about 2,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools. - CBC

Rich Coleman's BCOGC has plans for 120.6 million BILLION cubic metres of pristine British Columbia water for his LNG industry....  let's see.... 120.6 / 5 = 24,120 * 2000 = 48,000 4,8240,000 swimming pools - 

Mary Pollack - Environment and Water Conservation expert ... no where to be seen.  She should come out and give us a different perspective than the images from airplanes and helicopters.... different than out of dated images from Google Earth.   Pollack could have bent the ear of LNG Minister Rich Coleman for a screen shot of the STREAMS decimated by the rampaging Tailing Pond entrails, eh.
Sticks Stone Breaks Stream Salmon Bones
Pollack must be still in the same closet that Premier Christy Clark recently vacated .... did someone FART Rich.

 Hmmmm Rich needs his own Page .. for Take-Out the Garbage Friday

Rich Coleman's LNG Assumptions: Trend Line

Rich Coleman

British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission

Press Release



Using simplified Math.... 23,000 drilled wells equals how much Royalties added to the Treasury, eh

Thursday, August 7, 2014

"CPR shall thereafter operate and maintain the Arbutus Corridor...." Operate and Maintain? No Operation, No Maintenance either

Hmmmm.  We can understand the urgency that CPR has recently shown, weeding, therefore needing  Vancouver's Arbutus Corridor, but, ... what about the OPERATE portion?

When was the last CPR train?  Is there a time limit between trains that voids the Right of Way?

Proposed agreement between the Government of BC and CPR Co. 1885
The only weeding that the Arbutus Corridor needs is removal of the CPR?

P.S.  Page 1:
1. The said Company shall extend the main line of the Canadian Pacific Railway to Coal Harbor and English Bay, and shall for ever thereafter maintain and equip such extension as part of the main line of the Canadian Pacific Railway, and operate it accordingly. 
However CPR sold a portion of the Arbutus Corridor Right of Way, therefore its been impossible for CPR to maintain and equip such extension.... eh.
CP sold a chunk of a line at the entrance to Granville Island in 1995 to Starbucks, cutting off the connection between the Arbutus line and the track that ran east to Main Street. - Globe and Mail


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Gordon Campbell "Lighting the fire" with 2008 Teaching Excellence Awards: .... replaced with a de Jong (Clark) $40 carrot bribe

 "Education is not about filling the pail (treasury) but lighting the fire." - 2008   Premier Gordon Campbell

What?  Recognition of Teachers by Premier Gordon Campbell?  Sincerity?  Would he have gone for the photo op then if he knew that his fate as Leader/Premier would be doomed by the introduction of another First, and Last, of The HST.

The BC Liberal government 2013 version, all Educators are trampled on, except one, by the trio of Clark-Fassbender-de Jong.   Premier Clark's memories on teaching is flawed by LOVE:
My dad was a public school teacher. And to this day, I still meet people who benefited from the incredible passion he brought to the classroom and the intense focus he put on each child as an individual.
 Education is not about filling the pail (treasury) but lighting the fire.

 First  Teachers Excellence Awards:  2008  - Video (first and Last)

Monday, August 4, 2014

Rich Coleman farts hydrogen sulphite, Ahhhh: Then does Cart wheels and issues duct tape to seal school classroom windows ....

What a relief!?  Passing the gas out, pain in the ass dissipates, not into the stratosphere though, ground hugging, under the cover of darkness.

In the 1970's an enterprising, young, television (BCTV)  reporter (Mike McCardell???) was doing impromptu, on the street, interviews on a variety of topics like ..... "Madam, Do YOU Fart?"

"Mike" wasn't being selective, focusing on just one gender, the last pitch was to a prim and proper woman (50's), heavy coat, hat with a small feather for colour, handbag clutched to her chest.  Her reply to Mike was NO, NO, NO to the question on passing of gas.  Finally the reporter instinct took over, armed with experience of past answers, he offered a logical opinion on the release of gas.

"Madam do you realize that if you don't FART, you'd explode!" ...... Do you fart?  "No!"

Rich Coleman is in that same state of denial when it comes to fracking crack being fed to Mother Earth, surreptitiously slipping hydrogen sulphide out under the cover of night, accompanied, always, with the smell of sewage.

In a Stephen Hume's follow-up article on the BC Government (Rich Coleman) allowing sour gas wells within 500 metres of schools (Northern BC)(coming soon to Fraser Valley), Coleman ignored this in the report: "urged the province to regulate minimum setbacks of 1,500 metres between schools and sour gas facilities."

..... More than 1,900 children in nine schools scattered across northeastern B.C. were at possible risk from sour gas wells either planned or already drilled. That made it a pretty good story.

It sure got reader reaction, especially when the report also said emergency response plans for schools had to be improved — that simply supplying teachers with duct tape to seal windows or parking a bus in the schoolyard wasn’t good enough.

The Sun followed that story up with another.

It reported that in 2010 the province had actually planned to regulate combined safety setbacks and enhanced management zones from public facilities like schools of up to 2,000 metres.

However, the buffer zones later turned out not to be what was promised by then-minister Blair Lekstrom, but the paltry 100 metres that the UVic researchers said were far inferior to safety buffers required by regulators in the U.S. — but which industry said were perfectly adequate.  ........ - Stephen Hume - Vancouver Sun July 23, 2014


Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association Limited

Application of quantitative Risk assessment for planning high sour wells or working in an H2S Field close to populated areas.   Dr. Elie Daher, United Safety

Page 1 of 9

H2S or Hydrogen Sulfite is an IDLH (Immediate Danger to Life and Health) poisonous gas and its exposure to humans leaves serious effects that could range from death to lasting physiological and neurological sicknesses.  H2S gas is also odorless, colorless and heavier than air which makes detection by humans very difficult.

Page 2 of 9  Something that BCOGC doesn't mention .....

Another technical failure in Canada (2) in 2009 caused the release of 30,000 cubic meters of gas containing 6200ppm of H2S.       The nearby community was NOT alerted until six hours after the release causing massive concern over procedures for public protection.  Residents near the wellsite reported smelling sewer like odours and hearing a "jet-like" noise.  Approximately 22 minutes after the sudden failure, the emergency shutdown (ESD) valve at the well closed automatically but was unable to stop the flow of gas from the failed tee because the ESD was downstream of the failure point.  The control room received and H2S alarm and notification of ESD closure at an adjacent well located on the same well pad approximately 25 metres from the leaking well.  Two operators donned personal protective equipment (PPE) and self contained breathing appraratus (SCBA) and manually closed the well head valves upstream of the failed tee.  The tee failed due to internal erosion resulting from abrasion caused by fracture sand suspended in the high velocity gas stream.  Five residences were located within a 1.34 km radius emergency planning zone.  A total of 18 residents evacuated the area during the release.
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In residential areas, none apply to schools, there are varying degrees of Response Planning to be taken into consideration when it comes to distances:

Emergency Response Planning
 Some other acronyms
 Emergency Response Planning "Wyatt" ERP
  Emergency Awareness Zone EAZ
1.34 km EPZ
Provincial (BC only) Emergency Program PEP

Page 2 of 3 PEP must be informed

BCOGC interactive Graphic Map, Tracks and creates Stats:

2010 BCOGC stats

2008 BCOGC stats

Change in Royalties, eh, less drilling, capping, ...

"29" in one circle; 181 incidences all told for 2007

2006 ..... 298 incidences


BCOGC A5-7-77-14 L W6M aka Swan
Blue Dots Residences


Third Party EXPERT:

NOT alerted until six hours after the release of 30,000 cubic metres

How did BCOGC explain the Incident.... by not including, not mentioning, the 30,000 cubic metres in it's Graphic Interactive Map (left side for "details")(right side bottom right Blue Dot well)

Failure Investigation Report: Encana Swan Well site: Wallis and Klemmer Road

Failure Investigation Report    Incident Map

22 November 2009 Failure of Piping at EnCana Swan Wellsite A5-7-77-14 L W6M

February 4, 2010

Oil and Gas Commission Failure Investigation Report (Wellsite A5-7-77-14) February 2010

Table 1B – Incident Time Log



2:30 AM

A local resident (1) smells what they thought was sewage. The resident did not make any notifications.

3:30 AM

Resident (1) went outside 3 times to determine source of the smell but was uncertain where the smell could be coming from. The resident did not make any notifications.

4:00 AM

Resident (1) hears a loud roaring sound from inside the house sounding like a jet flying over head. The resident did not make any notifications.

5:00 AM

Another local resident (2) outside checking on livestock hears a loud roar but does not detect any odours. The resident does not make any notifications.

7:00 AM

A local resident (3) out hunting drives up Klemmer Road and can smell gas; assumes some work is being done. The resident does not make any notifications.

8:00 AM

Resident (2) goes back outside and detects a pungent rotten egg smell and hears a roaring sound, but assumes a company is doing some work. The resident does not make any notifications.

8:30 AM

Resident (3) returns to area via Klemmer Road and observes gas cloud and detects strong odours. Advises inhabitants at nearby residence to evacuate.  Resident (3) drives through the gas cloud and heads East on Merrick Road and sees the gas coming off the wellsite and parks his pick-up about 300 metres cross wind on Merrick Road.

8:36 AM

Resident (3) does not have any EnCana emergency numbers and decides to call 911 to report a gas release at an EnCana wellsite.

8:38 AM

Sudden failure of a 60.3 mm Tee at the wellsite (noted on SCADA data for well pressure and flowrate).

8:45 AM

Resident (3) contacts wife at home and suggests she start calling all neighbours to evacuate their homes. Resident (3) makes additional notifications to local residents and passersby advising the area is unsafe and instructs Resident (1) to park her pick-up at the junction of Klemmer Road and Wallis Road to restrict access and warn local residents to not drive through that area. Resident (3) then drives to junction of Wallis Road and Blockline Road and parks vehicle to restrict access and wait for more information.

9:00 AM

Resident (1) dials 911 to advise RCMP of a gas release and is transferred to fire service dispatch; resident is instructed to stay at present location until told otherwise. RCMP confirm they have received odour complaints from residents and are on the way.

9:05 AM

EnCana Control Room receives alarm showing the ESD valve at A5 has closed.

9:10 AM

EnCana control room receives high alarm from adjacent well (A6) confirming ESD at A6 has closed due to H2S detection of 12.82 PPM.

9:10 AM

EnCana dispatches operator to investigate (Operator 1).

9:15 AM

RCMP arrive; then proceed to set up road blocks at 2 separate locations. An industry medic truck arrives at Klemmer Road and Wallis Road and assembles with several others at intersection to await further instructions. Several others arrive at the intersection including a work crew and grader operator.

9:30 AM

Several residents gathered at the intersection of Wallis Road and Klemmer Road Dawson Creek evacuate including resident (1). Resident (1) states that gas odour was very strong at the highway near Gumbo Gulch Ranch.

9:38 AM

Local EnCana operator (Operator 2) receives a call from a local resident (4) informing him there is a leak.

9:45 AM

Operator 2 notifies EnCana control room of call. At the same time another local resident (5) arrives at Operator 2’s residence to inform him of the leak.

9:45 AM

RCMP makes first contact with EnCana stating several local residents have phoned in complaining of strong gas odours.

9:47 AM

EnCana control room operator contacts EnCana Operator 3 and dispatches him to the incident.

9:48 AM

EnCana Community Relations Advisor receives a call from local resident from SE 18-77-14-W6M and is informed by the resident he is evacuating to Pouce Coupe.

9:50 AM

Operator 2 arrives at the junction of Wallis Road and Klemmer Road and meets an EnCana construction foreman there. Operator tests ambient atmosphere with gas monitor and detects no H2S.

9:50 AM

Operator 2 then proceeds to drive slowly down Klemmer Road with window open and gas detector on. No H2S detected.

9:52 AM

Operator 1 requests assistance from another Operator (Operator 4). Operator 3 observes gas plume from A5 well at this time.

9:53 AM

Operator 3 confirms leak and proceeds to nearby compressor station to get an ignition kit.

9:57 AM

RCMP notifies EnCana that a resident (5) on Merrick Road has contacted the RCMP with an odour complaint.

10:00 AM

Operator 1 reports the leak is visible from Blockline Road. He requests that the wells and the 05-07 Block Valve be shut in.

10:00 AM

Local resident (6) phones Provincial Emergency Program (PEP) to report gas leak. PEP classifies as Level 1 and assigns incident #902235.

10:00 AM

EnCana Community Relations Advisor reports leak to EnCana control room. EnCana senior management notified.

10:02 AM

Operators 1, 2 and 4 arrive near the incident but cannot approach due to ongoing gas release.

10:05 AM

PEP places call to Commission Emergency Officer and MOE codes incident as a Code 1 Provincial.

10:06 AM

Operator 4 advised by local resident (3) that residents north of the incident site have evacuated and gathered at the intersection of Wallis Road and Klemmer Road.

10:06 AM

Operators 1, 2 and 3 determine a need to physically enter the site using SCBA’s to stop the flow of gas. Operators 1 and 3 will enter the site under observation from Operator 2.

10:07 AM

EnCana classifies incident as a Level 1 Emergency.

10:10 AM

Operators 1 and 3 attempt to shut in the A5 well. They get within 25 metres and can see that the tee has failed upstream of the ESD.

10:15 AM

Operator 4 meets with residents gathered at the intersection of Wallis Road and Klemmer Road. Advises residents to proceed to Tomslake hall. EnCana personnel man the roadblock at this location.

10:16 AM

EnCana identifies five residences within the 1.34 km emergency planning zone (EPZ) and initiates contact with all residents advising them that they may evacuate voluntarily to the Tomslake hall.

10:20 AM

Operator 1 and 3 evacuate the site due to problems with one of the SCBA’s.
Operator 5 arrives at site.

10:30 AM

EnCana provides a situation update to the RCMP.

10:35 AM

Operator 4 drives to the five residences within the EPZ to confirm evacuation.

10:42 AM

EnCana notifies Ministry of Energy, Mines, Minerals and Petroleum Resources (MEMPR) of incident.

10:45 AM

Operators 3 and 5 successfully shut in well.

10:45 AM

Evacuation reception centre opened at Tate Creek Community Centre in Tomslake.

10:49 AM

EnCana notifies PEP to report incident.

10:55 AM

EnCana provides a situation update to the RCMP.

11:00 AM

Commission Inspector contacts EnCana to receive additional information.

11:13 AM

EnCana provides an e-mail situation update to senior MEMPR officials.

12:30 to 12:33 PM

Peace River Regional District notified, mayor of Dawson Creek notified.

12:54 PM

Residents advised they may return to their residences.

Oil and Gas Commission Failure Investigation Report (Wellsite A5-7-77-14) February 2010

Page 14 of 24
And Coleman wants Teachers to use Duct Tape?

British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission  ALL THEIR Reports

BCOGC Incident Map explained


Why is the public the ears, noses, and eyes of Encana, BCOGC, Coleman?

Heavens to Betsy, what were to happen if there were multiple leaks? in the Fraser Valley?

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Vancouver Sun EXCLUSIVE: Cabin on Lake O'Hara in Yoho National Park: For Sale

The Vancouver Sun has missed the point, once again.  Truth in Advertising.  On Page C1 of  Friday's edition they were being paid to be promote Blue Shore Financial credit union and Re/Max Realty expertise.  The Sun was supposed to use an example of a "family cabin", obtainable within their finances.   Deadlines being what they are in the News media, they never got back to Blue Shore to confirm the authenticity of the "family cabin" photo.  We asked.

The article is well written by Derrick Penner, but ruined by PostMedia News Files editors using an image that has absolutely nothing to do with a typical family cabin on recreational property.

This Cabin is NOT for sale, not even on the market to be sold independent of the other three cabins.  The privately held complex includes the LODGE and other amenities, could be sold, but consider the high price that would be required .....  because, its setting is UNIQUE. It's nowhere near Banff which has a proliferation of private operators within a National Park.    Lake O'Hara Lodge / Cabins are PRIVATELY owned and its inside Yoho National Park, west of the Continental Divide separating British Columbia from the rest of Canada!   The price tag for the "family cabin" would be well beyond the reach of those wishing to purchase it to be used sparingly throughout the year at the best of times seasonally.

..... While it might not be showing up in sales figures yet, North Vancouver-based BlueShore Financial credit union surveyed a group of its members and found that not much more than one-third of those who own recreational property expect to pass that real estate on to their children.

And among respondents who are children of recreational property owners, 61 per cent reported that they did not expect to inherit the family's cabin, cottage or ski condo. ..... - Derrick Penner - Vancouver Sun
Maybe someone will inherit Lake O'Hara, but when it has shifted onto someone else's shoulders in the past it hasn't been kept within the family.  eg.

Bruce Millar: Owner of Lake O'Hara, has a few suggestions about his Lodge and its amenities:

Can I bring my cell phone?
Sure, bring it - unfortunately, it won't work as there is no coverage in our remote mountain location. You'll most likely be using it as a camera! Our guests appreciate truly being unplugged for a short period of time. There is a pay phone at the lodge that you are welcome to use should you really need to get in touch with someone.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Mike de Jong doles out $40 to cover childcare? What about reducing our School Levies first?

It's not just the Government, the Teachers, and the Students that are being short-changed here, it's taxpayers who are really being taken to the cleaners.  The BC Liberals keep collecting taxes for schools without providing the service.

"Families First", no way!  BC Liberals FIRST.

$12 million per day to cover the operation of BC Public Schools with the first option that Finance Minister Mike de Jong, and Education Minister Peter Fassbender implement, is to mail out cheques to parents to cover $40 per day costs for childcare, without receipts being submitted first?

Will the parents current child carers (Grand Parents et al Family) be receiving a BONUS of $40 per day?

Why haven't the BC Liberals returned the $12 million to taxpayers for every day there's been no cost to the BC Treasury?   Why is the BC Liberal government continuing to crow about the savings the longer the BCTF is on strike?  Our British Columbia School Levy (Residential) per year is $2,000, collected by our North Shore community, and forwarded onto de Jong.

Handing out $40 per day for the duration of the failed negotiations between the Government Representative and the BCTF shouldn't be based on whether there are children involved, its discrimination by not including all taxpayers that are required to pay the School Levy in the first place.

We want $40 returned to us as well.   Ten days of no schooling would put $400 in our pockets. 

An Analysis of Property Taxation

Kootenay  Property Tax collected by the Province of BC  School Levy $3,296,951 for 2013

Sunday, July 27, 2014

To The Gazetteer: Imagine the BC Liberals (BC Socreds) owning the Vancouver Sun: Keith Baldrey 1982 Ubyssey

"There is a club" - RossK's latest Post
Keith Baldrey: Why do idiot bloggers, who have zero established credibility, take personal pot shots at reporters?  Low self-esteem I guess.  
 Just because subscribers and advertisers pay the piper - the press - to represent "our" interests, it doesn't mean that governments will not want to control the press .... and our thoughts.   Or as Keith Baldrey wrote, in 1982:
Someone, almost famous, once said, "Freedom of the press belongs to those who own one."

Next week, students at UBC will be given a chance to own one.  Although students currently fund The Ubyssey, it is by no means a free press.  The paper's budget is controlled by student council.

The situation invites a few comparisons.  Imagine the Social Credit (BC Liberals) government owning the Vancouver Sun.  Or the federal government determining the Toronto Globe and Mail's budget. ....

.... there is no guarantee that something like that could not happen again.  There is no guarantee the student's newspaper on this campus could not turn into a mouthpiece for student council. - Ubyssey March 19 1982  - Page 13 of 16

Looks like the Press was shackled in 1982, too


I told you not to vote Socred - Keith Baldrey

Chris Wong
Sarah Cox
Patti Flather
Tom Hawthorn
Brian Jones
Joan Woodward
Jagdeep Dhami
Keith Baldrey



There was a competitor to the Ubyssey: Then

Wednesday, May 19, 1982


The Conventioner

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Coincidentally: Now

Friday, July 25, 2014

Pete McMartin's Northern BC Summer travels: He should Spare some time for a Spare tire

   In the north, compact cars are as rare as Sierra Club members. Even at the Honda dealership, they said they didn’t have any tires for a Fit, in my case, a Bridgestone 185/55R/16. He said he doubted if anybody else in town did. - Pete McMartin - Vancouver Sun
Note: When it comes to increasing the mileage per litre ..........
One surprising Thing Automakers are eliminating from cars:  The Ford Focus and Honda Fit don't come with a spare in Canada, but they do in the U.S.

The "Sea to Sky Highway" hasn't always been a highway, it was a logging road frequented by surveyors in Land Rovers, and other four-wheeled vehicles, all equipped with winches. Then there was the weekend motorists looking for a different route out of Metro Vancouver, a less traveled way to Lillooet, Williams Lake, Gang Ranch, which included jarring potholes.   In all instances, they had a Spare Tire, a jack, and a Tire Wrench.

The road was wide enough, and plenty of pull outs too, but the bridges on that route were built with the least amount of wood "pavement"; two hefty side by side planks in way of the wheels.

The "Sea to Sky Highway" didn't have logs inside to keep the wheels on the straight and narrow planks

In 1973, there was one enterprising young woman driving down from Lac La Hache to attend her first day at University of British Columbia (Engineering???) when she came to the Historic Hat Creek Ranch crossroad.  Nearer Cache Creek than Clinton. 

Turn left to # 1 Highway's Fraser Canyon to Hope and Vancouver beyond, or go to the right via "Highway 99" (Whistler didn't exist)(neither did the highway) but there was the logging road.

To the Right she traveled in the used 1965 Volkswagen Beetle, smooth driving, no problem for the first hour and half until when she encountered the first of SEVEN bridges.  She discovered quite quickly that the wheels on her car were too close together for the two wide apart double planks, and her vehicle tires were to wide to fit on one side of the doubled wide planks.

Then she got a bright idea, (Engineering???) the wheels were cupped in,  she took each tire off and flipped them over, the wheels were then cupped out, she then made the short drive across the bridge got out her jack again and flipped the wheels back, and she was off .... to the next bridge.

My 1965 1200 A VW Beetle

Why oh why would a professional journalist like Peter McMartin start out on a trip from Metro Vancouver without even doing a cursory check of the tread on his tires?

No spare tire, no donut spare either.....

Turns out that the donut is alright to use, but not over 80km/h, nor are they permitted on the front of a front wheel drive vehicle in Snow and Ice road conditions.  Then there's the theory that because the diameter of the donut is smaller than the REAL tire, the transmission can be damaged, therefore the donut has to be moved to the back wheel axel......

Google Search Criteria:  Ft. St. John Tire shops    McMartin is one of the hits.....

LONG LAKE PROVINCIAL PARK, ALTA. — In Fort St. John, we noticed the front right tire on our Honda Fit was bald. Dangerously so. I started looking around town for a replacement.

In the north, compact cars are as rare as Sierra Club members. Even at the Honda dealership, they said they didn’t have any tires for a Fit, in my case, a Bridgestone 185/55R/16. He said he doubted if anybody else in town did.

Fort St. John has plenty of tire shops. They are nothing like those in Vancouver. They have tires with circumferences as large as redwoods, tires that are, literally, larger than my Honda Fit. Even if they did have a tire our size — as every one of the half-dozen shops we tried told us — they were so busy they wouldn’t be able to put it on for at least a week. One guy said three weeks. The last shop we tried, a Fountain Tire, the guy said there might be something in Dawson Creek, an hour’s drive away. We decided to give it a try. ......

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

BC News Release: In consultation with Developers ALR disbanded

..... The focus of this consultation is to ask the question: what further activities should be allowable on farmland in the ALR without an application to the ALC, what parameters should be put around them, and should they vary between regions? A Reference Group convened by the Minister of Agriculture and comprised of representatives from the ALC, the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) and the BC Agriculture Council (BCAC) has made a number of specific suggestions in answer to this question, and these suggestions are presented in this paper for your consideration and comment.

Context for the questions is provided in sections 4 and 5 of this paper. Section 6 provides some specific suggestions for new activities that should be allowable in the ALR without an application to the ALC, and also some further specific suggestions for regulatory change related to agri-tourism and the subdivision and leasing of land in the ALR. ....

B.C. government consults to help farmers succeed

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Ahhhhhhhhh   Purity of Nature

Christy Clark's LNG bonanza Prosperity well sites nary in sight

Question and Answers, last page:  Reclamation Standards:

 In other words peas and beans and barley .... need one inch (25mm) of top soil .... to grow