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The Disaffected Lib: What Sideshow Steve Never Learned in Bible School

Harper, to the extent he thinks at all, thinks regular inspection of bitumen supertankers and a bit more aerial surveillance should put coastal British Columbians’ concerns to rest.

Harper curiously doesn’t know that the Hecate Strait is truly biblical.   The massive winds that tear at the place can actually part the waters, exposing the seabed.

Here’s one account from The Golden Spruce:

“Under certain conditions, overfalls take the form of “blind rollers,” which are large, nearly vertical waves that roll without breaking; not only are these waves virtually silent but, under poor light conditions they are also

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The Disaffected Lib: Enbridge Pulls Out All the Stops

In yesterday’s paper there was a story that, contrary to eco-terrorists’ claims, dilbit floats and so is quite amenable to conventional oil spill recovery efforts.   The claim, naturally, came from an Enbridge spokesman.

Guess what?   He’s right.  Dilbit, the mixture of bitumen and the dilutents necessary to lower its viscosity enough for it to be able to be pumped through pipelines, does indeed float.

Dilbit floats for a while.   Then the dilutents separate out of the bitumen.   The dilutents vaporize on the surface into a toxic cloud.  The bitumen sinks to the bottom.  

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The Disaffected Lib: Here’s What We’re Up Against

There are a number of differences between the grounded Royal Dutch Shell oil drilling platform ship, Kulluk, and the sort of supertankers the Chinese are planning to run into and out of Kitimat.   That said the Kulluk does provide a useful glimpse into what can go wrong in northern coastal waters and how hard it is to control when something like that happens.

The Kulluk was being towed to its new site when the tow cable parted.   Tug boats were right there but they couldn’t get it back under tow and so it drifted onto the rocks.

Now

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