March 30, 2011 2 Comments
A video created last year during the Olympics explaining Canada to the Americans.
Raw, honest and natural views… two people with one common goal. Serve with ice.
June 14, 2010 13 Comments
The original article is here for you to read.
But I found this interesting enough to share in its entirety.
It is now clear that the disastrous Deepwater Horizon oil spill was eminently preventable. And even since the April 20 rig fire, experts have cited many examples of how poor choices by BP have worsened an already dire situation. Here are eight particularly unfortunate errors that experts say contributed to the biggest oil spill in U.S. history:
1. BP never had a realistic plan to deal with a spill
The oil giant’s official plan for dealing with a potential Deepwater Horizon spill, and its more general plan for any spill in the Gulf, both wildly overestimated its preparedness and seriously lowballed the potential damage, according to an AP analysis. The plan — approved by the Interior Department in 2009 — lists a dead scientist among its wildlife experts and a defunct Japanese home-shopping website among its equipment suppliers. Portions of it are written in pencil.
2. BP went with a risky type of blowout preventer — and then didn’t maintain it
The blowout preventer is a giant valve that is supposed to be the last line of defense against a damaged well becoming an ecological catastrophe. But for the Deepwater Horizon project, BP chose a model — made by U.S.-based Cameron International — with well-documented design flaws. To make matters worse, according to a congressional investigation, the Deepwater’s blowout preventer was in terrible shape: It had a dead battery, debilitating hydraulic-system leaks, and “shutoff shears” that weren’t strong enough to seal the well. BP also opted not to install a voluntary $500,000 acoustic shutoff switch that could have sealed the well by remote control in the event the blowout preventer failed, reports the WSJ.
3. The well’s critical plumbing was shoddy and poorly designed
Days before the blowout, BP decided to use a type of single-wall well casing that it knew increased the risk of gas leaks like the one that ultimately caused the deadly fire on the rig, according to The New York Times. Why? To save money. Drilling experts also say that BP’s design for the casing pipe from the sea floor to the oil reservoir has a baffling design flaw that made it essentially impossible to create effective cement seals, the primary guards against natural gas leaks.
4. BP and rig workers ignored or misread clear warning signs
As Halliburton contractors were lowering the final cement plug down the well, rig workers conducted several tests for gas leaks — and in what an internal BP postmortem calls a “fundamental mistake” — they misinterpreted a “very large abnormality.” When they decided, wrongly, that the test results were acceptable, they replaced the heavy drilling mud in the well with lighter seawater, allowing the pockets of natural gas below to explode upward and, ultimately, set the rig ablaze.
5. A “company man” overrode explosion concerns of well cementers
BP sent home the contractor it had hired to test the cement plug inside the well 11 hours before the explosion, without ever having him conduct the “gold standard” test on whether the seal was secure, according to the testing firm. A BP “company man” also overruled other safety concerns, including replacing the drilling mud with seawater, says another partner company.
6. BP hasn’t fessed up about how much oil is really spilling
Experts tend to agree that, in order to prepare for containment and cleanup efforts, federal and state officials need to know how much oil they’re dealing with. But the oil company has been slippery on that point: BP said two days after the explosion that no oil was leaking; three days later, it said 1,000 barrels per day (bpd) were leaking; three days after that, it was 5,000 bpd — even after a “confidential” company memo said that up to 14,266 bpd was gushing out. BP no longer gives estimates, but government scientists Thursday said the true leak rate is has been between 20,000 to 40,000 bpd.
7. BP’s “solutions” may be making the spill much, much worse
The company’s string of failed attempts to seal or contain the leak — top hat, top kill, junk shot — may, in fact, be intensifying the problem. A flow-rate expert on the government panel looking into the leak rate, Dr. Ira Leifer of the University of California at Santa Barbara, says that both the top kill and containment cap strategies have damaged the well and dramatically increased the amount of oil spurting into the ocean. He suggests that, following BP’s decision to install a containment cap, the leak may now be 100,000 barrels per day.
8. BP needs a bigger boat
While the containment cap strategy may have made the overall situation worse, the company is finally collecting sizable quantities of oil from the wellhead. The problem? There’s no place to store it all, reports the WSJ. The tanker now floating above the wellhead can process about 18,000 barrels per day, while BP has a stated goal of collecting 50,000 bpd. The company is scrambling to bring in more ships, and will begin burning off as much as possible.
My only ‘beef’ about this is that yes, BP have been asses about this disaster, baring the brunt of all vexacious commentary.
But where have Haliburton and Transocean been in this whole fiasco?
Why aren’t they taking their share of the brunt, afterall, all 3 contributed in this disaster?
No one seems to be looking into their accountability in this whole disastruous catastrophy!
November 4, 2009 7 Comments
I wonder if its mutal? Growing up in the looming shadow of Big Brother, often being referred as the sweet but retarded cousin and recently called parasitical … no wonder Canadians are loosing trust, patience and appreciation for our Southern neighbours, the Americans.
And then this comes out.
Surprising? Not really.
I mean most Americans know very little about their supposed retarded cousins to the North. Ask an American who our Canadian Prime Minister is or who the very first Prime Minister of Canada was WITHOUT GOOGLING IT – most will stare at you with a blank look. And yet, we know the answers to such important historical facts are for the US. Ask Americans about our provinces and how many ‘states’ we have… where our capital is or what a loonie or toonie is – and you don’t get much. Americans assume we, Canadians, are just … well… retarded, beer drinking, pot smoking, igloo living, rednecks that wear funny hats and who end every sentence with ‘eh.’
*insert blinking eyes… gullible blank looks here*
I know. You don’t care about us.
‘Cuz we so dumb.
So does it come as a surprise that, well, we don’t really care nearly as much about you… as perhaps you once thought we did?
I am not an Anti-American. Far from it… but I am kinda tired of the stigma Americans attach to Canadians. Maybe it was our fault for letting you see skits of Bob and Doug McKenzie. Perhaps you thought it was real, rather than seeing it for the comedic farce that it was. But we aren’t like that. But apparently you are far more gullible than we are.
Can Canadian-American relations be salvaged?
Or do we really care?
Apparently not so much… LOL.
Seriously – I don’t hate you. Many a Canuck don’t hate you. We simply react to you Canada-hating Americans. And many of us are kinda tired of being the butt end of all your jokes and discontentment. That we don’t bring anything to the global table – only that Americans do. We aren’t chop liver.
One has to wonder though… what is it? Why the hate on?
Maybe its maple leaf envy…. It must be.
Or jealousy… afterall, we do have GREAT Canadian beer that doesn’t taste like cat piss…
Oh no no. It must be because of our poutine. Or our toques.
It MUST BE SOMETHING dammit… there MUST BE A REASON!!!
I dunno, seriously. But whatever it is, I’m sorry.