Sunday, January 8, 2012

".......through which 20 per cent of the world's sea-transported oil flows."

From the Vancouver Province this morning, there's this story of an American warship to the rescue of a pirated fishing vessel in the Strait of Hormuz:

"....... through which 20 per cent of the world's sea-transported oil flows."

What if, when the pipelines containing crude oil, or LNG finally makes it from Alberta's tar sands to Kitimat .... will there be occurrences whereby the US Navy will be called in to the narrow Douglas Channel to deal with pirates running rough shod over Canadian fishermen who's vessels have been spirited away by a bunch of local no-gooders?

We often talk about the Douglas Channel and the ships that will eventually ply these waters without understanding the difficulties.  In the Vancouver Sun newspaper on Saturday, they ran a comparison of a Super oil tanker to a Super BC Ferry, frightening all by itself, but one must keep in mind the depth to which these Super tankers will be exposed to, Twice, once going to their destination in local waters empty except for a ballast of sea water.  Secondly on the way out, fully loaded.

Do you think, that the pipeline proponents goal is to sway public opinion to the point that "they", the proponents, will simply extend the pipeline out to the coastline, well away from our "pristine" inner waters, so as to negate the polls?

Douglas Channel

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Hartley Bay, the rescuers of the survivors of the Queen of the North, are in Harms Way because of this.

Active Pass, BC Residents know about this corridor, and the history of accidents that have happened here with BC Ferries.   Douglas Channel? Most of us don't even know where it is, but all it took was one Exxon Valdez........... for us to learn of "pristine" Prince William Sound's fate.

Oil sands truth


Anonymous said...

I think Obama delayed the keystone pipeline, to see if Harper forces the Enbridge pipeline and the dirty tankers from China through. The U.S. can also bring their tankers into Kitimat too. There are too many objections to the Keystone pipeline. Tankers are much easier.

Harper is trying to con as many country's as possible to accept the tar oil. What's to stop other country's tankers, coming to Kitimat and picking up oil?

Steve Cooley said...

There is no comparison between Active Pass and Douglas Channel. Douglas Channel has currents of only a couple knots and is quite straight. The hazardous places for tankers coming into Kitimat are getting from the open ocean to Douglas Channel.

A 300,000 ton tanker in Active Pass would truly be a bull in a Chins shop!