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Posted on May 25 at 6:45 a.m.
CNN: GOPer 'No doubt Obama born in Hawaii'https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnAoY...
On Refugio Pipeline Shutdown Puts Brakes on Oil Production
Posted on May 24 at 10:43 p.m.
"The state of Hawaii has determined that the birth certificate the Obama administration posted online is forged. It doesn't have a state seal and it's not on the correct form."
Please provide a link to that sheer and utter nonsense. If that were true, don't you think that the republican critters in congress would have immediately started impeachment proceedings? The nonsense is completely mind-boggling. I saw the Hawaii official state on a news program, that the BC was valid. It was also reported in all news media, and stopped Trump in his tracks. If the opposite had been said, don't you think that Trump would have trumpeted about it every day and taken Obama to court?
"Although parents cannot renounce U.S. citizens on behalf of their minor children under 18 years of age, minor children can renounce their U.S. citizenship by convincing a U.S. diplomatic or consular officer that they understand the consequences of renunciation and that they are not relinquishing their U.S. citizenship under undue duress or influence"
If that had happened, there would have been OFFICIAL records of Obama voluntarily giving up his US citizenship. There are NO, ZERO, NADA official records of Obama either giving up his US citizenship, or changing his name. None. Just sheer vaporware of the idiotic nut jobs.
Posted on May 24 at 3:31 p.m.
There is no “legal provision” of the United States whereby a minor could release his US Citizenship. It could not have happened.
Oh, believer in conspiracy theories, you have just crashed again.
Posted on May 24 at 3:20 p.m.
"Other than reverse flow check valves, to our knowledge, the use of automatic shutoff valves on liquid pipelines in the United States is a very uncommon (or rare) due to the over pressure risk ."
So what should Capps have done, now? Still change to the very rare automatic shutoff valves?
Methinks someone has come full circle, to the point where there would have been no reason for Capps to change a common procedure to a rare procedure. Imagine the howling if she had done such a dastardly thing, adding more expense just for SB county.
Posted on May 24 at 12:09 p.m.
I think there is a great deal of sampling and monitoring going on. Some have managed to get in before the oil reaches them.
There are two marine protected areas affected near the spill - Naples and Campus Point.
While pipes are far safer than road or rail, there should be far more inspections. Once every five years? Also, the feds do not have enough manpower to do the job effectively. I suppose that is thanks to the never-ending cutting of budgets that congress likes to do.
So I blame all the cutting congress critters - it is all YOUR fault that the pipe broke. You should be fined. You should be out here cleaning up. [/sarcasm]
Posted on May 24 at 11:44 a.m.
Operator of pipeline in Calif. oil spill defends shutdown procedure
Plains defended its people approach to manually shutting down the system, saying it's the standard across the country for liquid pipelines.
"It is much safer for operators who understand the operations of the pipeline to shut it down following a planned sequence of steps than for computer to automatically close a valve on oil that is traveling in confined space at high pressure," Patrick Hodgins, the company's senior director of safety, said Saturday. "This is all standard operating procedures within our industry."
While it's not known if an auto shut-off valve would have detected the leak and reduced the size of the spill, environmentalists have criticized the lack of such a device, saying it could have averted or minimized the disaster.
"it's the standard across the country for liquid pipelines.""This is all standard operating procedures within our industry."
The Court ruled in favor of Plains, because their operation is across states, where manual shutdown is standard. I cannot see anyone changing that other than a lawsuit decided by a judge. And they may not even change it after that.
Jarvis is on the side of environmentalists. Fancy that.
Posted on May 24 at 10:39 a.m.
Published on May 24, 2015Join host Jerry Roberts and his guests- Kelsey Brugger, Nick Welsh, Lara Cooper and Melinda Burns for their 'take' on the Refugio Oil Spill.
Posted on May 23 at 11:25 a.m.
I think Jarvis is paid by the word, or he has a Capps fetish, or his hands are chained to his keyboard - or all three. He is rapidly proving what a clown car of one looks like. Too bad, the Independent has good stuff above the "Comments" line.
On Huge Oversight Gap on Refugio Pipeline
Posted on May 23 at 1:40 a.m.
"Coal Oil Point seeps have been there for thousands of years. Marine life that isn't compatible with the environment doesn't live there and hasn't in a very long time. The environment is essentially static and has been for thousands of years. "
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“Literature reviews of marine hydrocarbon seepage usually conclude that the area along the northern Santa Barbara Channel is one of the most prolific hydrocarbon seepage areas in the world.”—Journal of Geophysical Research, “The world’s most spectacular marine hydrocarbon seeps (Coal Oil Point, Santa Barbara Channel, California)” (1999)
Another study published in the Journal of Geophysical Research notes that not only is there active life around the seep sites, but there are actually more organisms than areas where no seepage occurs:“There is a well-developed community of bottom-dwelling marine organisms in the sediments associated with the seeps at Coal Oil Point. Comparison of the benthic fauna at an oil seep with the fauna in an area free of seepage showed that there are higher densities of individual organisms near the seep.”
“The waters of the Santa Barbara Channel form one of the most biologically productive ecosystems found on earth.”—Santa Barbara Channelkeeper
“The Santa Barbara Channel contains some of the most biologically diverse waters on the planet. Within these waters is the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, which is host to the densest seasonal population of blue whales in the world.”—United States Coast Guard
Meanwhile, as voluminous amounts of oil drain into the ocean marine life thrives. A combination of natural features and phenomena like ocean currents, wind patterns and submarine canyons create a region of exceptional habitat. A wealth of marine life flourishes from plankton to blue whales, which return to the Santa Barbara Channel seasonally in greater numbers than anywhere else on earth.
No less than 27 species of whales, dolphins or porpoises have been spotted and a handful of different types of seals and sea lions breed on the Channel Islands and mainland shore. The islands are home to over 150 endemic species and have been called the “North American Galapagos.” Thereon eleven species of seabirds occupy important nesting sites including bald eagles. A cornucopia of other smaller wildlife inhabits the region, too, many of which despite their relatively puny size are no less spectacular.
Despite the abundant natural hydrocarbon seeps, the Santa Barbara Channel supports prolific marine ecosystems of immeasurable value that are home to iconic wildlife like few other places on earth. The region is a national natural treasure. Sometimes, oil and animals do mix.
Another BS smackdown.
Posted on May 22 at 6:14 p.m.
"What does that have to do with what happened here?" It is a statement by Plains about the incident. It has everything to do with what happened here. Read it again.
An automatic shut-off valve should be mandatory. Then what happened here would not have happened here.