Well it looks as if Stephen Harper has jumped the gun again. For this morning he tweeted this:
Thank you to the @CCG_GCC's Gordon Reid and others for the great work they are doing off the coast of the Haida Gwaii off the coast of BC.
— Stephen Harper (@pmharper) October 18, 2014
After it looked like the Canadian Coast Guard had managed to avert disaster by towing a disabled Russian ship away from the B.C. coast.
Until the tow lines broke.
A Russian cargo ship carrying hundreds of tons of fuel is once again adrift off the west coast of Haida Gwaii after a Canadian Coast Guard vessel lost three tow lines.
Two other vessels, the Canadian Coast Guard vessel Sir Wilfrid Laurier and U.S. Coast Guard cutter Spar, are standing by to provide assistance, but aren't properly equipped to secure and tow a large ship, James said.
Luckily it seems that the weather is now cooperating, and that an oceangoing tug might be able to secure another line. When it finally arrives.
But imagine if the ship in trouble was a giant supertanker loaded with oily bitumen, and the weather wasn't cooperating.
And what that disaster might look like...
And I think you'll agree that this incident is a really useful warning.
And that this is the message Stephen Harper needs to receive...
UPDATE: Late tonight another tow line was finally secured.
But it doesn't change a thing.
The risk is just too great. The pipeline must be scrapped.
And the oily dictator must be DEFEATED...
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