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Posted on June 18 at 2:20 p.m.

I'm sure you're right @touristunfriendly, ugly is the word. The ever more desperate attempts to move the discussion off topic appear above, but it is becoming increasingly difficult for the usual suspects to manipulate the discussion as more evidence of "questionable" activities is uncovered. Keep digging Nick, you really are doing an excellent job and it's one that needs to be done!

On Tear-Licking Dogs

Posted on June 11 at 3:33 p.m.

I think the figures are based on what the county says it receives and spends, I didn't write the report but it seems the most authoritative source available, presumably the Regents (essentially UC) will have looked at it before issuing their own report. However, I would like to see a meaningful breakdown of the figures, but then I'd really like to see a breakdown of the oil-spill costs and I doubt we'll see either!

On County Denies ExxonMobil Request to Haul Oil by Truck

Posted on June 11 at 12:51 p.m.


taken from todays (11th) well researched article...

"According to a 2014 report for the UCSB Foundation Board of Trustees, the annual tax revenues from Isla Vista — $5.6 million in property, sales, and bed taxes — cover less than half the cost of county services. The county spends an estimated $14.4 million yearly on fire, public works, law enforcement, courts, and planning in Isla Vista. Taxpayers outside the community are making up the $8.8 million difference."

Always best to check the facts first.

On County Denies ExxonMobil Request to Haul Oil by Truck

Posted on June 9 at 12:51 p.m.

Worth re-posting from @onthecoast

"Read the Tribune News Service article published by the News Press on Page B1 on June 6, 2015. R. B. Kuprewicz, president of a pipeline consulting firm, says "in 40 years of investigating pipeline incidents, I haven't seen one that wasn't preventable. There are no such things as accidents"..."

and he undoubtedly knows what he's talking about and is prepared to say it clearly and unambiguously, which is a welcome change given the deluge of disinformation we have been subjected to.

On Photos of Ruptured Pipeline Finally Released

Posted on June 8 at 1:50 p.m.


If the pipeline inspection methods used are unreliable and the engineers employed are unable to deal with the implications of large error limits it becomes even more puzzling why this, the largest oil pipeline in the county, was allowed to avoid the safety requirements implemented on all the others.

They really should be capable of inspecting pipelines, I'm absolutely sure Plains would say they are able to do so or they'd be out of business. It's just that they don't do it frequently or well enough. All measurements have uncertainties, and making fun of bloggers doesn't really help.

On Huge Discrepancy in Pipeline Corrosion Measurements

Posted on June 1 at 5:17 p.m.

"This oil company, operates thousands of miles of pipelines and accidents are going to happen, particularly due to corrosion. That is inherent in any industrial process (don't think so, drive over a few bridges in immediate need of infrastructure repair due to corrosion) and it is extremely doubtful their employees did anything intentional."

Yes, absolutely, I said much the same about BP. Of course there were a few challenging decisions made by BP and Haliburton, and of course Plains likewise took a robust attitude and fought to be allowed to dispense with cut-off valves, and they won, but nothing was done that was intended to cause oil spills.

Good to have you on board.

On The Mysterious Case of the Automatic Shutoff Valve

Posted on May 27 at 1:31 p.m.

Actually, JJ is very good at misdirection. It's difficult to get the thread to maintain focus on anything substantial or possibly substantial, he or a clone will misdirect. It's not really worth posting on here, there is no chance of a reasoned discussion of issues. Shame, but bring on the clowns - don't bother, they're here.

On Community Demands Transparency in Refugio Spill

Posted on May 26 at 4:17 p.m.

Anyone have an answer, or a suggestion? Anything remotely relating to my question? Anything that shows any understanding of my question? Anything other than misleading, inaccurate, smart-arse remarks which would be embarrassing coming from a 12 year old.

On Community Demands Transparency in Refugio Spill

Posted on May 26 at 3:08 p.m.

Anyone know why Plains spent so much resisting putting cut-off valves in just this pipeline? (the only one in SB county I understand)

On Community Demands Transparency in Refugio Spill

Posted on May 21 at 2:44 p.m.

Well said bookman. JJ seems to be the resident troll here, he pollutes the threads, but it seems no-one is prepared to deal with him.

On As Refugio Oil Slick Spreads, Spill Estimate Rises

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