Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Site C speech by Gordon Campbell 2010 - "50 years of sustainable/renewable electricity" doubled-dipped up to 100 by Christy Clark, and Billy

Hmmmm, we know that Premier Gordon Campbell was wrong about the HST in 2010 therefore he must be right when he said that Site C would take care of British Columbians Electrical needs for the next 50 years eg. 2060.  Along comes Premier Christy Clark and her Energy Minister Bill Bennett, saying that Site C will fill our needs for the next 100 years.

What's happened in the last four years, since 2010, that BC Hydro has somehow doubled the capacity of Site C without increasing the reservoir or downsizing the generator but doubling their longevity so as to last twice as long AND at the same time maintaining the artist renderings the same, ....... commanded the rain Gods to fall and received Party pledges from the drought Devils?
Meeting B.C.'s future electricity needs to 2110  - Premier Christy Clark / Minister Bill Bennett .....

Subject to environmental certification, Site C would be a source of clean, renewable and cost-effective electricity for more than 100 years. - BC Hydro 2014

There's nothing on tape that backs up the 100 year claim by our Hide-and-Go-seeking-Photo-Op Premier (Clark) but its obvious that there is a stated (video) discrepancy between Premier Gordon Campbell's April 19, 2010 announcement for Site C Third Phase to the written, current, electrifying, Premier Christy Clark's and her sidekick Bill Bennett.

I swear.... that ....

".... I am pleased to announce that the Site C Clean energy project will be moving to the third phase so that we can build a future fifty years to reflect the last fifty years in British Columbia. ...." Premier Gordon Campbell:

2010 + 50 = 2060

Moving onto the Third Phase of Site C

BC Liberal NEW Math: use the 50 years PRIOR to the 2010 announcement and then ADD the NEXT 50 years to arrive at 100 years...... which fits in neatly with Premier Clark's election promise in 2013 that we would have One Trillion dollar in LNG revenues AND the province being Debt Free in fifty years.   

Without verification, Christy's GCPE's staff accepted Campbell's PAB staff's word on the New Era Math calculations, without referring back to the spoken words.  Press Release:
HUDSON’S HOPE – The B.C. government announced today that it will move forward with the Site C Clean Energy Project (Site C). The Site C project will be the third dam on the Peace River in northeast B.C., and will be a source of clean and renewable energy for over 100 years, producing enough electricity to power approximately 410,000 homes per year.  - BC Government News Release April 19, 2010

2010 - 50 = 1960

A half century ago, B.C. was encouraged to use abundant electricity

Posted by Marc Stoiber
Energy conservation is now part of B.C., where most of our electricity comes from clean sources, and as citizens, we pride ourselves on being Power Smart.

But it wasn't always that way. Leaf through books like Voices From Two Rivers and Gaslight To Gigawatts and you discover our relationship with power has morphed beyond recognition over the past half century.

So how did we go from 'Power Means Progress' — the catchphrase of BC Hydro in the 1960s — to 'Power Smart' today? The story is a fascinating study in our evolution as a society.

Electric power — use it freely!


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

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.
Satellite phones?????