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Posted on June 18 at 4:45 a.m.
Now Mr. Rughe is a pipeline safety expert. Do us all a favor Justin, read the Poodles article in this issue abound pipeline welds and then write us another letter telling us how safe you believe this pipeline to be.
On Reopen the Pipeline
Posted on June 13 at 4:58 a.m.
As one who walks this constricted portal frequently, I can say the area does have some safety issues for pedestrians and definitely not ADA compliant. That being said, there needs to be a more creative approach to improvement that does not include the destruction of a charming area of historical significance. I'm so glad Drury and others will be active in preserving one of Santa Barbara's unique assets.
On Landmarks 'Appalled' by Mission Canyon Corridor Project
Posted on June 6 at 4:25 a.m.
Sobering facts from Mr. Francisco show just how dependent we are on oil and gas for our energy needs and essential tax revenues. Forgive my ignorance, but are oil and gas production so interlinked that an interruption in one shuts down the other? Does the Goleta underground natural gas storage facility not have enough capacity to avoid importing supplies as Francisco suggests might happen? If Plains All American has extensive corrosion issues with this pipeline, what can we expect beyond this immediate situation at Refugio? Are more leaks and shutdowns inevitable? What about the submarine pipelines bringing oil and gas ashore? How are those monitored?
On After the Spill
Posted on June 4 at 3:08 a.m.
Where are all the No on P folks who told us how much safer oil production has become? We all felt so reassured knowing that oil producers in Santa Barbara Co. are such good environmental stewards. What do we know about underwater pipelines bringing oil from the platforms to land? Why would those pipes be in any better condition than the onshore lines? Time to ask more questions!
On Early Pipeline Finding Names Corrosion Likely Culprit
Posted on May 30 at 3:48 a.m.
Wow, someone has co-opted nattyg's moniker and posted a common sense response, for once. Based upon a statement that Linda Krop has made about the first hours of this incident, some troubling questions have arisen. She said that she was on the scene until 10:00 pm on that first day/night, and that no action was implemented to dam the spill before it reached the waterline. How can it be that containment wasn't implemented immediately? Where does fault for the slow response lay? With all the resources, experts and money involved in both oil production and governmental oversight one would think an adequate response could have stopped this flow before it reached the water.
On The Mysterious Case of the Automatic Shutoff Valve
Posted on May 28 at 3:37 a.m.
Caldwell predictably parrots the favorite response echoing down from the north county. "Natural seeps... blah, blah". There's a big difference in natural seepage vs. a pipeline company with a terrible safety record cutting corners. An auto shutoff system, which would have made this story a one paragraph incident, looks exponentially less expensive than the mess we are in now.
On Supes Gently Grill Feds over Refugio Spill Response
Posted on May 19 at 1:54 a.m.
NattyG makes fun of a situation that scientists and farmers recognize as a crisis. How surprising.
On Don't Kill that Swarm, Hand Me the Queen
Posted on May 15 at 11:58 a.m.
Since the article is about leaking pipes and lack of infrastructure maintenance, I regret that JarvisLamberton has hijacked the conversation with his focus on the homeless. Since he thinks that ridding Santa Barbara of homeless people to be more important than fixing pipes and other sources of pollution, perhaps we should nominate him to be our Homeless Abatement Czar. He could be judge and jury making all decisions about who gets put on the bus to Trona. Hope he doesn't spot me on a Saturday when I'm in my weekend chore rags or he might be paying my way to Trona too. As usual his head is in the clouds. Abundant complaints with no reality based solutions. My suggestion is that he quit the Tea Party and start paying taxes again so we can afford to pay our deferred maintenance bills.
On City Still Spilling Too Much Sewage
Posted on May 15 at 4:37 a.m.
JarvisLamberton is correct in pointing out that there is significant waterway pollution caused by Santa Barbara's transient population. In fact all of SoCal experiences the same problem, although I would wager a bet that people's pets contribute far more fecal pollution than the homeless do. Just walk a creek sometime, or better yet participate in a creek clean up day and you will see it all. Has Jarv ever cleaned a creek? Doubtful. White linen clothing and penny loafers don't fare well when doing dirty work. Does Jarv have a positive solution or is he content to poke and run as usual?
Posted on May 15 at 4:21 a.m.
Forgive my naïveté NattyG, but I've never associated news of a bankruptcy with the term "great news". To me bankruptcy means reorganization/lost jobs, creditors getting screwed for money owed to them, hardship for local companies trying to make payroll, and lost revenue/ taxes to pay for all the firefighters and schools you NoP folks promised. It just looks like an opportunity for vultures to strip the carcass to me. It is common practice for polluters to use Bancruptcy Code to shift cleanup costs to the EPA( taxpayers). If ERG has left a mess in their wake, will you think it "great news" if the public ends up shouldering that burden? I know it's all about the money to you guys, but where is all the concern for the good of the county as a whole that you guys have been telling us about?
On Major S.B. Oil Driller Files for Bankruptcy