Friday, October 16, 2015

NEP and McLair-Trudeau

I have put two posts up from May 2004 in which I# explained the National Energy Program in Detail.

In the middle of the worst inflation we have lived through and the resulting depression the News dominated US oil companies managed to blame everything onto the NEP.  In the scope of what was happening world wide the #NEP was tiny!

McLair is bouncing Trudeau on his legacy for the NEP which is as close to a bald faced lie as one can get!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Devon AB New Walking Trail improvements Oct 2015

 Top of new Stairway. Simply put; wonderful. Posts on right start of railings.
 Very quality workmanship for a fine effect. Posts for railings to the left
 Spacing; height and distances presents stairs as a stroll.  Bottom corner will be a bench.
About 200 steps in total
 Old trail down to the stairway
 New paved trail adjacent to the River-Sign is a reminder to pick up after your dog!
Corner on New Pathway showing more of the Quality that went into this project
 River view from the wonderful paved trails
Another River View from the trail.
 Loki into River Bank on trail of a mouse.  Loki is the Original Giant Decker named after the breeder Jack Decker. Color makes him invisible in the bush. His interest is squirrels and ground beasties.

 Loki will tunnel himself in until just his tail shows.

 On the stairs standing next to post in place to accommodate new railings.
Trail leading to the Stairs.  This appears to be fine road crush or  paved.

Our oil Problems, an American perspective, once overhauled.

How this came about:
‪#‎Shale‬ oil production improved US self Sufficiency. As well, they cut the Saudi off from traditional access to the gulf refinery; a hard hit for the @Saudi's. This left the Saudi fighting a 2 front price ware. ‪#‎Primary‬ was the @Chinese Indonesian gas plants who were selling LNG into the Saudi market at extremely low prices forcing the Saudi into a BTU war rather than an oil price war. Politics and embargo put the Russian Gazprom head on with the Saudi in the same market place. Hit from 3 sides they are/were in dire straights.
The ‪#‎US‬ when cutting off the @Saudi from the gulf coast access inked a first time deal with Mexico which allows them almost unrestricted access to the oil refineries on the Gulf. In an unprecedented move, the US for the first time also allows ‪#‎Mexico‬ to import condensate from the US. This combination of moves leaves @Mexico in a position to further refine their own oil and gas supplies in quantity.
The oil companies and media at times blame the Saudi for all the trouble. Simply not true.
The Results: Oil operations are too difficult to shut down and restart again. The Conservative total arrogance and fumbling of negotiations opting for confrontation rather than negotiation have prevented a coastal water export point for Canada's oil. Harper in bed with the US Republicans wanted all the oil to continue to go to the Gulf Coast through Cushing Ok. They did little or nothing other than aggravate the pipeline situation.
Now stranded between a rock and a hard place Alberta is in the course of building 80 million barrels of new storage in Alberta. This, to stockpile the produced oil from plants that can't shut down. Alberta is still producing 200.000 barrels a day of crude that is 400 days of production and little is going to change in that period of time. Banks don't pay for oil sitting in storage.
The only good thing I have seen in the media in the past week is that the Saudi is going to sit at the table with the Russians. There is a remote chance there is sanity at the table but, not all players are present.
The natural gas is another story of Conservative blundering. Both Federal and Provincial. Dreams were turned into projects based on the 17.50 per mcf of gas being charged to Japan which in turn kept the Indonesian gas markets high. @Japan in a crisis of economy over paying these high prices and having no popular choice after the earthquake asked the US if they could be included in the 3.00 mcf market that was in place in the US and Canada. (Hence the golden dreams of gas forever) @Christie Clark bought heavily into this. It will come back to bite BC big time!
Obama said NO! Japan, to survive, opened up its one good ‪#‎Nuclear‬plant and proceed to bring another 2 plants into shape within months. This killed most of their need for natural gas imports. Japan also told the world it would have 6 more plants on line within a year! Forever ending the need for natural gas and the crashed natural gas market place.
There is no upside to this tale of a whole! A future under Harper and his crew mean a future of Corporate Welfare and ongoing catering to the whims of the US Republicans.
I'm going to put this up on The coming weeks may see some relief but I really don't think so.
And, remember that the often quoted Fraser think tank is a Conservative Organization made up of US Republican Members and Canadian Conservatives most of which have dual citizenships.
The IKOS polling company was established by the Conservative Party of Canada who in turn, tongue in cheek say they are arm's length and unbiased.

Monday, October 05, 2015

Notley's statement "limited future for the oil sands"

It has to be said!

The #oil glut presently in place will not go away for a dozen years, possibly more.  Alberta keeps producing 200,000 barrels of oil per day; has built an 80 million barrel tank farm to store it in,  Banks don't pay for oil in storage.

The reason for the glut is simply the destruction of markets and the unrelenting production.  Alberta's continued production adds to the oil glut!

The world has had a wake up call on the environment.  We are in crisis!  Norway to whom we are often compared is moving away from oil production and looking for alternative industries.  Likewise many other countries, some more than others.

Notley has to be commended for speaking the unpopular  truth!  I don't agree with all of her choices.

Whether we can afford to live in this province remains to be seen.

Another item making the rounds in the news is the idea we should capture our evaporation from fuel and fuel tanks and spend very big bucks trying to locate miniscule leaks in lines and tanks. Where to start and where to Call BS!

Oil storage tanks are filled from the bottom and the upper part of the tank is immediately filled with fumes.  Just think; a million gallons of fumes in a new, smaller size tank.

Al product is put into the tank, the fumes are forced out the vent put in the top of the tank for that purpose.  The vent also keeps a positive pressure on the tank so it doesn't suck any air in causing an explosive atmosphere.  How are you going to capture and contain those fumes any better than we are?

When you fill gasoline into your vehicle or diesel fuel the latter the more dangerous of the two you will notice an 8 cm rubber washer on the top of the pump nozzle.  This is there to keep a vapor rich area around your gas tank or diesel tank.  Splash filling a tank is extremely dangerous!  Gasoline has an additive in it that allows generated static electricity to discharge across the surface of the gasoline in the tank to the sides wile the vapor rich area will protect from any haphazard spark.  The whole gasoline fill system from the service station pump to the gas receptacle in your vehicle is built for your safety while letting vapor escape so fuel can get into the tank.

Beware of people who are jumping on the environmental bandwagon; Parkland Institute comes to mind.  The fixes need if not impossible are most certainly expensive.
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