Saturday, February 06, 2016
Rona Ambrose and the Con Pipeline Hysteria
By the way Rona Ambrose and the Con zombies have been clamouring for the Energy East pipeline to be built NOW, you might think that if it isn't we're all doomed.
Even though that's nonsense. And considering the state of the planet one might argue that the opposite is the case.
So I'm glad to see that Justin Trudeau is telling her ghastly oil pimps to stop playing politics or chill out.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau would not commit to green-lighting the divisive Energy East pipeline today and instead slammed his predecessors for interfering in what he said should be a rigorous scientific process.
"One of the challenges we're in right now is that my predecessors have politicized that process. I'm not going to prejudge or shortcut the [National Energy Board] process as it goes forward," he said.
Which is a good thing, because as this next story makes only too clear, we do need to study the environmental impact, and we can't trust TransCanada.
TransCanada Corp put “substandard materials” - made by Quebec manufacturing company, Ezeflow - in an Alberta natural gas pipeline that blew up in 2013, Canada’s pipeline regulator said on Friday as it finally responded to a four-year old warning from a whistleblower with a new industry-wide safety order.
With the order, the regulator, the Calgary-based National Energy Board, confirmed that the whistleblower, former TransCanada engineer Evan Vokes, had correctly identified a safety issue that contributed to a rupture within a few hundred metres of a hunting cabin owned by a Cree family in northern Alberta.
For how can you trust a company that would fire a whistleblower like Evan Vokes for the crime of telling the truth?
Or for that matter, how can you trust the National Energy Board for not taking his warnings seriously?
Although Vokes put his warnings about the weak fittings in a formal complaint, sent in May 2012 to the regulator, the NEB had always denied that the whistleblower's warnings represented an imminent threat to public safety, It still maintains, despite the rupture, that there was never any threat.
Especially since we know that Stephen Harper stacked the NEB with his appointees shortly before he was thrown out of office.
And of course, how can we trust the guy from Ezeflow, the company that made the fittings which apparently contributed to the rupture?
When he claims that for his employees, "every fitting is a piece of art."
Yup. Justin Trudeau is right, we do need a rigorous scientific process.
If the pipeline get the social license it requires, it may be built. If it doesn't it will not.
And in the meantime, Rona Ambrose should get a grip on herself.
Or cool her oily jets....
For she's never sounded more like her former oily pimp leader.
Or looked more ridiculous...
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