Thursday, August 28, 2014

Minister Mary Polak invokes "Polley" to stop Pacific Brooker Minerals

 More and more the BC Liberals are invoking names of documents that are not searchable via an FOI.......

QkJNTyJTH1VnhnShMrFn9jMLJx2vphdkS2jWkcQ2jsl4tCJ4fDjl!-2005870191!1408373806159.pdf



CBC interview too...

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Hopefully this will NOT lead to another instance by which the BC Government was forced to pay out $30 million, on the Court House Steps, via Mines Minister Rich Coleman.   Blizzard.... uranium mining development

Why build Mount Polley like mines tailings ponds above lakes when they can be done within a lake?


Friday, August 22, 2014

Out with the old "SuperNatural BC". In with the New: "SUPER, NATURAL" Annual Service Plan Report: Destination BC

How could they, the BC Liberals, take SuperNatural BC and rename, rebrand it "Super, Natural" and then expect the public to use the new name over the tried and proven old name?  That would be like having just learned to not say Deas Island Tunnel, instead of the George Massey Tunnel,  and within ten years the bridge will officially be called Todd Stone Bridge but we'll call it "Stoned".

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Minister Shirley Bond's DestinationBC annual report glosses over facts by introducing a ton of photos to distract the reader and we are left to pick up the travel tabs for this 58 page document.

The Report could have been presented in Black and White (on-line photos but none like the cover).  Minister Bond prefers that we focus our attention on the images but doesn't give the Public an inkling as to where, along the shores, is Juan de Fuca Provincial Park and it's Botanical Beach.

Not even a Global Position System marker.....nor a credit to the professional photographer.
Juan de Fuca Provincial Park
More Info for Juan de Fuca Provincial Park

Warning

Thieves have been known to operate in the Juan de Fuca area, targeting vehicles and personal property of Park Users. Be sure you remove all valuables from your vehicle prior to leaving it unattended, and leave unnecessary belongings at home.

If you have any information regarding these incidents, please contact Sooke RCMP at 250-642-5241 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477

Come to think of it, there's more in this Annual Service Plan Report that makes you want to leave Metro Vancouver and head for the hills of the Rockies or the low tides of our coastal waters.

How about HelloBC cover photo?



How much was HelloBC paid to advertise Emerald Lake Lodge, front and centre, in it's approved Accommodation Guide to campgrounds/motels/hotels which was delivered to our home the other day.  

Strangely, Lake O'Hara, immediately west of the Continental Divide in British Columbia; just west of Alberta's Lake Louise; has been left off out of the Guide.

Hotels, Motels, Cottages & Resorts
The discrepancy may have something to do with the Alberta mailing address / phone number for Lake O'Hara.  It could be that Emerald Lake Lodge is struggling to get more visitors to its already crowded venue, whereas Lake O'Hara has a year in advance bookings for the Lodge / Cabin; three months reservations for Camping (tenting); Day hiking is another matter due to their Quota system of allowable visitors to the area.

Lake Louise, millions of visitors; Lake O'Hara, thousands.


As to the previous 2012/2013 Annual Service Plan Report, 21 pages, one large format cover image, followed up with 9 unique, miniscule photos.

19 unique large formatted photos for 2013/2014

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Mount Polley Tailings Pond Cyanide content and other minerals, not native .... they import them to shake out the microscopic Gold



There's been plenty of reports on Mount Polley Tailings Pond breach regarding mineral contents thereof, but little written on how those minerals were found, or ADDED to the MIX to extract Gold.
For our illustrious Minister of Mines, Bill Bennett, to say that the rocks and minerals "exist", leaves the impression that they are found naturally occurring at the Imperial Metals mines.

Ludicrous.
“Get up in a helicopter and go and look at the avalanches that happen in this province — there are probably 10,000 or 15,000 avalanches that happen every single year. Get up in a helicopter and go and look at what happened last spring with the events in the Rockies with water coming down and doing exactly what happened in Hazeltine Creek. The difference is that snow melts, (but) you are left with exactly the same (result) — it looks exactly the same as what happened in Hazeltine Creek,” said Bennett. - Vancouver Sun
If his claim were true then the Canadian Rockies would have had a record of staked claims ..... prior ... to the Creation of the National Parks system.  The staked claims do exist.  eg. Lake O'Hara (Yoho National Park)... check out Mount Stephens as well.   

This is a Bare Bones Post:  Just follow the links:

Environment Canada:

Facility and Substance Info:
Imperial Metals Corporation – Mount Polley Mine 2012

http://ec.gc.ca/inrp-npri/donnees-data/index.cfm?do=facility_substance_summary&lang=en&opt_npri_id=0000005102&opt_report_year=2012#location

Other years:
http://ec.gc.ca/inrp-npri/donnees-data/index.cfm?do=facility_history&lang=En&opt_npri_id=0000005102&opt_report_year=2012

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National Pollutant Release Inventory via Google Earth file GOOD GRIEF!!!
http://www.ec.gc.ca/inrp-npri/default.asp?lang=en&n=1D892B9F-1

To a Google Earth Link:
http://www.ec.gc.ca/inrp-npri/default.asp?lang=en&n=1D892B9F-1#npri

 
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Common minerals and elements found in tailings – which is the waste material left over from the extraction of metals – can include: arsenic, mercury, sulfur and cyanide.

 http://globalnews.ca/news/1490361/tailings-pond-breach-at-mount-polley-mine-near-likely-bc/

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manufacturing cyanide for gold extraction

 https://www.google.ca/search?q=manufacturing+cyanide&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&channel=sb&gfe_rd=cr&ei=DQr2U9C0JYOCmALzroCQCw#channel=sb&q=manufacturing+cyanide+for+gold+extraction&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official

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 manufacturing cyanide for gold extraction other minerals zinc

 https://www.google.ca/search?q=manufacturing+cyanide&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&channel=sb&gfe_rd=cr&ei=DQr2U9C0JYOCmALzroCQCw#channel=sb&q=manufacturing+cyanide+for+gold+extraction+other+minerals+zinc&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official

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 http://www.cyanidecode.org/cyanide-facts/use-mining

Use in Mining

This document provides a general overview of the use of cyanide in the gold recovery process, and is not intended to be a technical reference on the use of cyanide to recover gold.

Introduction

Gold typically occurs at very low concentrations in ores - less than 10 g/t or 0.001% (mass basis). At these concentrations the use of aqueous chemical (hydrometallurgical) extraction processes is the only economically viable method of extracting the gold from the ore. Typical hydrometallurgical gold recovery involves a leaching step during which the gold is dissolved in an aqueous medium, followed by the separation of the gold bearing solution from the residues, or adsorption of the gold onto activated carbon. After elution from the activated carbon the gold is further concentrated by precipitation or electrodeposition.
Gold is one of the noble metals and as such it is not soluble in water. A complexant, such as cyanide, which stabilizes the gold species in solution, and an oxidant such as oxygen are required to dissolve gold. The amount of cyanide in solution required for dissolution may be as low as 350 mg/l or 0.035% (as 100% NaCN).
Alternative complexing agents for gold, such as chloride, bromide, thiourea, and thiosulfate form less stable complexes and thus require more aggressive conditions and oxidants to dissolve the gold. These reagents present risks to health and the environment, and are more expensive. This explains the dominance of cyanide as the primary reagent for the leaching of gold from ores since its introduction in the later part of the 19th century.
- See more at: http://www.cyanidecode.org/cyanide-facts/use-mining#sthash.NcDnSWqf.dpuf
Use in Mining

This document provides a general overview of the use of cyanide in the gold recovery process, and is not intended to be a technical reference on the use of cyanide to recover gold.
Introduction

Gold typically occurs at very low concentrations in ores - less than 10 g/t or 0.001% (mass basis). At these concentrations the use of aqueous chemical (hydrometallurgical) extraction processes is the only economically viable method of extracting the gold from the ore. Typical hydrometallurgical gold recovery involves a leaching step during which the gold is dissolved in an aqueous medium, followed by the separation of the gold bearing solution from the residues, or adsorption of the gold onto activated carbon. After elution from the activated carbon the gold is further concentrated by precipitation or electrodeposition.

Gold is one of the noble metals and as such it is not soluble in water. A complexant, such as cyanide, which stabilizes the gold species in solution, and an oxidant such as oxygen are required to dissolve gold. The amount of cyanide in solution required for dissolution may be as low as 350 mg/l or 0.035% (as 100% NaCN).

Alternative complexing agents for gold, such as chloride, bromide, thiourea, and thiosulfate form less stable complexes and thus require more aggressive conditions and oxidants to dissolve the gold. These reagents present risks to health and the environment, and are more expensive. This explains the dominance of cyanide as the primary reagent for the leaching of gold from ores since its introduction in the later part of the 19th century.
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 The standard cyanide leach process consists of grinding the ore to about
80% – 200 mesh, mixing the ore/water grinding slurry with about 2 pounds
per ton of sodium cyanide and enough quick lime to keep the pH of the solution
at about 11.0. At a slurry concentration of 50% solids, the slurry passes
through a series of agitated mixing tanks with a residence time of 24 hours.
The gold bearing liquid is then separated from the leached solids in thickener
tanks or vacuum filters, and the tailings are washed to remove gold and cyanide
prior to disposal. The separation and washing take place in a series of units
by a process referred to as counter current decantation (CCD). Gold is then
recovered from the pregnant solution by zinc precipitation and the solution
is recycled for reuse in leaching and grinding.

http://www.denvermineral.com/gold-mining-process-development/


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When it's all said and done, and Imperial Metals can't get anymore gold out via Cyanide alone ..... they introduce Fluoride which binds to the Cyanide which bound to the gold and the whole process is done again.... 

Google Search Criteria:  processing tailings ponds for gold using fluoride binder to cyanide

https://www.google.ca/search?q=fluoride+binds+to+cyanide+to+gold&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&channel=sb&gfe_rd=cr&ei=GU32U6DmCImQ-QPmtoDgAg#channel=sb&q=processing+tailings+ponds+for+gold+using+fluoride+binder+to+cyanide+&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official

Cyanide hazards to plants and animals from gold mining ...
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15369321
by R Eisler - ‎2004 - ‎Cited by 35 - ‎Related articles
Cyanide extraction of gold through milling of high-grade ores and heap leaching of ... Some milling operations result in tailings ponds of 150 ha and larger. ... of the ore heap require solution processing ponds of about 1 ha in surface area. ... it is often necessary to withdraw groundwater and use it for irrigation, discharge it to ...

Management of Tailings and Waste-Rock in Mining Activities
eippcb.jrc.ec.europa.eu/reference/BREF/mmr_adopted_0109.pdf
Apr 4, 2010 - mining, processing and tailings management associated with the mining of gas and liquids. (e.g. oil and salt ..... leaching is used to extract the gold, the cyanide is destroyed prior to discharge into the tailings .... the re-use of process water and to reduce the required ponds size ..... Binders may also need to.


Environmental Risks of Mining - MIT
web.mit.edu/12.000/www/m2016/finalwebsite/problems/mining.html
Mercury tailings then become a major source of concern, and improper ... increase sedimentation in nearby rivers through their use of hydraulic pumps and ... is needed in the mining process (International Atomic Energy Agency [IAEA], 2005). ... at cyanide-extraction ponds in California, Nevada, and Arizona (Eisler, 1991).


Chapter 82 - Metal Processing and Metal Working Industry
ilocis.org/documents/chpt82e.htm
by P Roto - ‎Related articles
Most of the recently built copper and nickel smelters use this process. .... Examples include nickel carbonyl in nickel refining, fluorides in aluminium ... lead smelting and refining, and mercury and cyanide exposures during gold refining. ... dewatered by thickeners and transported as a slurry to a tailings pond for disposal.

Non cyanide leaching of where society/organization is TMS ...
www.onemine.org/.../index.cfm?...Non%20cyanide%20leaching%20of...
Matches 71 - 80 of 150 - refractory bottom ... jurisdictions but does not alleviate fluoride leaching. ... TITLE, Use Of Ion Exchange Resin For The Treatment Of Cyanide And Thiocyanate During The Processing Of Gold Ores ... Biological Cyanide Destruction and Selenium Removal From Precious Metals Tailings Pond Water.


EPA - Identification and Description of Mineral Processing ...
www.epa.gov/epawaste/nonhaz/industrial/special/mineral/.../part5.pdf
Phosphate rock is mined using both surface and underground mining techniques. A modern ..... The water is recycled back to the scrubbers from the calciner ponds.25 Existing data and ..... Thallium. Vanadium. Zinc. Cyanide. Sulfide. Sulfate. Fluoride. Phosphate ...... the tailings treatment and recycled back to the process.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Site C speech by Gordon Campbell 2010 - "50 years of sustainable/renewable electricity" doubled-dipped up to 100 by Christy Clark, and Billy

Hmmmm, we know that Premier Gordon Campbell was wrong about the HST in 2010 therefore he must be right when he said that Site C would take care of British Columbians Electrical needs for the next 50 years eg. 2060.  Along comes Premier Christy Clark and her Energy Minister Bill Bennett, saying that Site C will fill our needs for the next 100 years.

What's happened in the last four years, since 2010, that BC Hydro has somehow doubled the capacity of Site C without increasing the reservoir or downsizing the generator but doubling their longevity so as to last twice as long AND at the same time maintaining the artist renderings the same, ....... commanded the rain Gods to fall and received Party pledges from the drought Devils?
Meeting B.C.'s future electricity needs to 2110  - Premier Christy Clark / Minister Bill Bennett .....

Subject to environmental certification, Site C would be a source of clean, renewable and cost-effective electricity for more than 100 years. - BC Hydro 2014

There's nothing on tape that backs up the 100 year claim by our Hide-and-Go-seeking-Photo-Op Premier (Clark) but its obvious that there is a stated (video) discrepancy between Premier Gordon Campbell's April 19, 2010 announcement for Site C Third Phase to the written, current, electrifying, Premier Christy Clark's and her sidekick Bill Bennett.

I swear.... that ....

".... I am pleased to announce that the Site C Clean energy project will be moving to the third phase so that we can build a future fifty years to reflect the last fifty years in British Columbia. ...." Premier Gordon Campbell:

2010 + 50 = 2060

Moving onto the Third Phase of Site C

BC Liberal NEW Math: use the 50 years PRIOR to the 2010 announcement and then ADD the NEXT 50 years to arrive at 100 years...... which fits in neatly with Premier Clark's election promise in 2013 that we would have One Trillion dollar in LNG revenues AND the province being Debt Free in fifty years.   

Without verification, Christy's GCPE's staff accepted Campbell's PAB staff's word on the New Era Math calculations, without referring back to the spoken words.  Press Release:
HUDSON’S HOPE – The B.C. government announced today that it will move forward with the Site C Clean Energy Project (Site C). The Site C project will be the third dam on the Peace River in northeast B.C., and will be a source of clean and renewable energy for over 100 years, producing enough electricity to power approximately 410,000 homes per year.  - BC Government News Release April 19, 2010

2010 - 50 = 1960



A half century ago, B.C. was encouraged to use abundant electricity

Posted by Marc Stoiber
Energy conservation is now part of B.C., where most of our electricity comes from clean sources, and as citizens, we pride ourselves on being Power Smart.

But it wasn't always that way. Leaf through books like Voices From Two Rivers and Gaslight To Gigawatts and you discover our relationship with power has morphed beyond recognition over the past half century.

So how did we go from 'Power Means Progress' — the catchphrase of BC Hydro in the 1960s — to 'Power Smart' today? The story is a fascinating study in our evolution as a society.

Electric power — use it freely!

LNG?????

Saturday, August 16, 2014

March 8, 2005: Mount Polley: Tailings storage capacity was increased. With or without Mines Minister Pat Bell's OK?

Lebel gave much of the credit for the mine reopening to the current B.C. government, for its "much-improved mining policies and permitting process," and to "super-flow-through shares," which allowed the company to discover and define the Northeast zone during an industry downturn.
Local and provincial politicians were on hand for the reopening celebration. All agreed that "safe, environmentally sensitive mining" provides economic benefits and diversification to local communities and the province.
Cabinet Minister Pat Bell, a former minister of mines, used the occasion to urge resource companies "to come back to B.C. and look for opportunities." He also reaffirmed the government's support for mining, which has created hundreds of new jobs with an average (province-wide) salary of $94,500.
"We're absolutely committed to making sure this industry has a long-term future in the province," Bell said.
Lebel assured guests that Mount Polley would have a long-term future too, thanks to the booming metal-hungry economies of China and India, and invited everyone to attend the mine's 10-year operating anniversary in mid-September 2015.
- See more at: http://www.northernminer.com/news/imperial-reopens-mount-polley/1000198161/?&er=NA#sthash.xBqG4OdX.dpuf
  Tailings storage capacity was also increased to accommodate start up and continuing operations of the mill."
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The Pits and Infrastructure

A geologic cross section of the Mount Polley deposit. The red portions represent the magma bodies, while green and orange sections represent volcanic rock
If you look real close the two lakes of Polley and Quesnel are just about visible on the right with Bootjack Lake to the Left.  Could it be that the intent all along has been that the two lakes of Bootjack and Polley were destined to become Tailings ponds..... lakes...

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A little bit of history for Mount Polley:

J. MacPhail:  (Opposition Leader)(May 17, 2004)

I think the minister mistook me for David Anderson.

           We were, though, in the 1930s and forties, price setters, and now in British Columbia we're price takers, not price makers. There was an example from the 1990s about mining, and it proves to be very insightful in relation to the growing economy. In June of '97 the Mount Polley mine was completed. Private sector investment–built, it took over 12 months and $115 million of investment. In September of 2001 the mine had to suspend operations because commodity prices had plummeted. Now those commodity prices are back, and hopefully this mine, which was built on time and under budget, will be put to useful production as well.

           What does make me a little bit nervous — and it's only a cautionary note here — is that as we know full well the mining industry is about commodity prices. We have to be ever so cautious not to throw the baby out with the bathwater and have a zeal for cutting red tape that may impede proper environmental and regulatory oversight, and then somehow be charged with improper activity in those areas in the world market.

           Certainly, a responsible, productive mining industry is a necessity for B.C. What we must do, though, is move forward to a modern, sustainable industry and not to the past where communities were devastated.

And:

Imperial reopens Mount Polley by Vivian Danielson 2005-10-1

..... Lebel gave much of the credit for the mine reopening to the current B.C. government, for its "much-improved mining policies and permitting process," and to "super-flow-through shares," which allowed the company to discover and define the Northeast zone during an industry downturn.

Local and provincial politicians were on hand for the reopening celebration. All agreed that "safe, environmentally sensitive mining" provides economic benefits and diversification to local communities and the province.

Cabinet Minister Pat Bell, a former minister of mines, used the occasion to urge resource companies "to come back to B.C. and look for opportunities." He also reaffirmed the government's support for mining, which has created hundreds of new jobs with an average (province-wide) salary of $94,500.

"We're absolutely committed to making sure this industry has a long-term future in the province," Bell said.

Lebel assured guests that Mount Polley would have a long-term future too, thanks to the booming metal-hungry economies of China and India, and invited everyone to attend the mine's 10-year operating anniversary in mid-September 2015.  .......
Is anyone taking bets on Mount Polley being operational by mid-September 2015?   250 jobs lost Directly; 150 jobs Indirectly???

MLA John Rustad put the last of his two copper coins into the mix during Legislature Debates:(September 19, 2005)
           J. Rustad:  It is my great pleasure today to highlight the booming success of the growing mining industry over the past four years, success that is so critical to the people of our province that even a member of the NDP stood up and talked about it. But I found it amusing that the hon. member for Cariboo North talking about the Mount Polley mine in northern B.C. lectured us about how the mining industry works.

           Now I could stand here and detail the NDP's destruction of the B.C. mining industry and how our government has worked tirelessly to revive this critical industry, but I think the words of Imperial Metals chairman spoken at the grand reopening of Mount Polley this past Friday, which I had the honour of attending, really tell the true story: "For my part I would say that much of the credit goes to a provincial government that has streamlined the permitting process and encouraged British Columbians to invest in mineral exploration by offering additional tax credits under the federal flow-through share financing program. The payback to the province has been remarkable."

           The payback from the Mount Polley project has been incredible, with more than $6.5 million per month being put back into our economy. This is particularly significant considering that in 2003 the market capitalization of Imperial Metals was just $7.5 million. Today it's more than $120 million, employing more than 250 people.

           The hon. member for Cariboo North would have you believe the success was due to commodity price increases, but once again, in the words of Imperial Metals chairman: "If the super flow-through shares financing had not been available, Imperial Metals would not have raised the money to explore in B.C., and this mine would not be reopening today."

           This is the key that the NDP never seemed to understand, including the hon. member for Cariboo North. When done right, government policies can encourage growth, help create jobs and bring investment to our province. The NDP would like us to think that industries like mining are simply twigs in the stream,

Well maybe not twigs, maybe the whole tree, a forest of trees, all having been standing in the wrong place, at the wrong time, when Mount Polley's tailings pond burst, breached, broke, busted out of it's man made prison, ....




Why did knight Piesold bail out on Mount Polley in February of 2011 when they are quoted in a magazine in August 2007 that all of their projects that they take on go from concept to closure, beginning to end?

Canadian Institute of Mining Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) "Engineering Exchange" 2007 'Mining experts from concept to closure' Mount Polley and other projects. The article states that Knight Piesold pegged the end of Mount Polley to be in eight years...eg. 2015!! Imperial Metals Corp was close to wrapping up the site, and walking away, when ..... the dam breached.

Knight Piésold is firmly committed to seeing projects through from beginning to end. Many of their clients are companies they have consulted for in the past. A large proportion of their contracts are long term, such as the Montana Tunnels Mine in Montana, where Knight Piésold started investigations in 1985. Twenty-three years later and they’re still there. In the mining industry, that’s a lifetime indeed.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Gordon Campbell: Mining Climate Partnership: "Strong Environmentally sensible Responses": A Culture of Entitlement?

BC Mining Industrialists: Culture of Entitlement: 
If someone has a sense of entitlement, that means the person believes he deserves certain privileges — and he's arrogant about it.
Premier Campbell Video bytes BC Liberals back:

January 25, 2008:    Premier Gordon Campbell "Event" on  "Mining Climate Action Meeting" with the Mining industry of British Columbia.  Topics raised by the Premier, HIS "concerns",  HIS "collaboration on issues",  HIS "Strong Environmentally Sensible Responses".

And then Christy, Rich, and  Bill and Mary, and those who support the idea of a Trillion Dollars in revenue, debt free in fifty, now forty-nine years to go, and oh, the Prosperity Fund too.

In 2008 Premier Gordon Campbell pleaded with the mining industry to "... look at the opportunities before you, that you know about ..." (eg.   ....Imperial Metals Corporation less than stable tailing pond dam which has ended up in Polley Lake and beyond to Quesnel Lake and Metro Vancouver) and then went on to implore the mining industrialists to hold HIS hand, HIS government hands:

"because if we don't know those we won't be able to respond .. in .. in .. Ah .. collaboration with you.."

the Honourable Gordon Campbell:
0:10 ..... if you can get the context that we are trying to act within, Ah ... you can think about the opportunities as we have, to move ahead, and you can be part of this partnership as we go ahead because,  I do think it's important for US to understand the Ah ....., for YOU to understand this.     In our Government, we believe that mining is a critically important industry to the long term future of the Province of British Columbia,  Ah .....   and people who live here.

0:31  it's not just thousand of jobs, Not hundred of millions of dollars of Revenue into Government coffers, that's all true, but frankly it takes a lot of jobs and a lot of parts of the province that is very important to us, and helps us build an economic foundation that allows us to create a better quality of life for people all over the province.  Having said that ......  

0:50 ...... Having said that,  Ah, I can tell you that, I at least, and the government .... Ah..., we believe that we have to deal with the challenge of climate change before us.  We haven't even beginned to see the cost of not dealing with this, and the earlier we deal with it, and the smarter we deal with it, the better off we'll be.  1:04

1:25  ...look at the opportunities before you, that you know about, ...  and I think what the important thing for us, at least for me, is that you feel comfortable in talking with us about where we're going and what we're doing and what your concerns are, (1:30) because if we don't know those we won't be able to respond in in Ah collaboration with you and try dealing with an issue.  We do not want to lose the potential we have in the mining industry we do want to do strong economical development as well as a strong Environmentally sensible, Ah, responses....

 1:43 Strong Environmentally sensible Responses

Would Campbell's pearls of wisdom on "Strong Environmentally sensible Responses" include improperly maintaining a tailing pond, or, was the phrase intentionally included to be a co-written RESPONSE to a catastrophic event, afterwards?

Right now the government of the BC Liberals are on the same page as Imperial Metals, in the minds of the public when it comes to the smell of collaboration.

El Gordo Events


Recall?  March 3, 2008  Awarding B.C.s Teachers  "Lighting the Fire"

Recall?  January 25, 2008 Creating Sustainable Mining  (Imperial Metals)


 Recall? Campbell? NO ... unless you boot out Harper who appointed him

Recall? Christy et al?  YES .....

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And then there's this on Mount Polley Tailing Pond:

 




 
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Google Search Criteria: Landsat-8 satellite images british columbia  polley lake

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Rich Coleman's LNG Assumptions: Trend Line tweaked without a "Mount Polley tailing pond dam"

Rich Coleman

British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission

Press Release

 ASSUMPTIONS

 

There is a way for the common folk to do their own data drilling of well sites between 2006 and 2014  using BCOGC info.  Rich's graph is one that allows him to beat his chest, not on past numbers, because they are absolutely dismal.  It's the future that he is promoting, as if it were another failure on our part, along with many others, on the chances of the BC Liberals attaining a new Mandate under Christy Clark in 2013.   The Premier said that her numbers for the last election were spot on with Dimitri and Mike at the helm of the election, everyone else, the pundits, were WRONG, and we all were.



There is a concern here though that if the airy-fairy assumption that Rich Coleman has made for LNG, FAILS, then the Trend line for Wells Drilled in BC will just keep on going DOWN to rock bottom.  The Minister has provided his own guess on the future of LNG, and reading all that is being written on British Columbia having missed the boat when coming to building LNG plants to supply Asia..... well that just hasn't been happening.


British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission pdf sorted by ABC, not 2006, 2007 etc


1982 to DECEMBER 2014

BCOGC Activity Levels
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Apples and Oranges comparisona
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Australia  1999 to 2009 OFFSHORE

Friday, August 8, 2014

It Must be Friday! BC's Bill Bennett Energy and Mines vs Rich Coleman LNG Minister. Taking out the garbage

Minister of Energy and Mines, Bill Bennett, released a report today on just how well he and his industries are doing.  It's all about jobs, jobs, jobs, revenue to the BC Coffers.  It's all about new mines opening... but then in a flash, he loses a pinch of credibility dealt to him by Imperial Metals Corp. (IMC) which lost control of their tailing pond at Mount Polley.  Would WE, Should WE, trust Bennett and IMC to take care with BC Hydro's over budgeted Northern Transmission Line destined for Red Chris, which is about to produce the same products... with another tailing pond, all run by IMC.

Bennett's report only mention the UPs, not the DOWNS, like jobs related to the IMC flash flood.

Annual Service Plan Report  2013/14

Message from Bill Bennett, Minister of Energy & Mines and Accountability Statement

Page 1 of 30: British Columbia relies on natural resources for much of its economic development. The priorities of the Ministry of Energy and Mines play a critical role in supporting these opportunities and contributing to our province’s success. These priorities begin with controlling  spending to balance the Ministry budget and to support the overall government budget. 

Page 4 of 30:  The Northwest Transmission Line and the extension to Iskut will power the Red Chris Mine (Imperial Metals Corp. aka Polley Lake's NEW and IMPROVED flood plain), one of the largest copper gold deposits in the world, which will employ 350 workers, including many First Nations, when it opens later this year. 

Page 5 of 30: The Ministry of Energy and Mines and Minister Responsible for Core Review’s 2013/14 Annual Service Plan Report compares the actual results to the expected (Unexpected??) results identified in the Ministry’s 2013/14-2015/16 Service Plan, as updated in June 2013.


Bill Bennett

Page 24 of 30  Discussion    Operations at mining, exploration and processing sites can be hazardous and, if not properly managed, can impact the environment.   Safeguarding the public, workers and the environment contributes to environmentally responsible development and use of these resources, which is why this measure was chosen.   The threat of accidents is always present, so ongoing policy development and education are necessary to ensure risk is minimized.

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Olympic size Swimming Pool Trivia

Bill Bennett's  Tailing Pond breach released five million cubic metres, an amount of water equivalent to about 2,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools. - CBC

Rich Coleman's BCOGC has plans for 120.6 million BILLION cubic metres of pristine British Columbia water for his LNG industry....  let's see.... 120.6 / 5 = 24,120 * 2000 = 48,000 4,8240,000 swimming pools - 

Mary Pollack - Environment and Water Conservation expert ... no where to be seen.  She should come out and give us a different perspective than the images from airplanes and helicopters.... different than out of dated images from Google Earth.   Pollack could have bent the ear of LNG Minister Rich Coleman for a screen shot of the STREAMS decimated by the rampaging Tailing Pond entrails, eh.
Sticks Stone Breaks Stream Salmon Bones
Pollack must be still in the same closet that Premier Christy Clark recently vacated .... did someone FART Rich.

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 Hmmmm Rich needs his own Page .. for Take-Out the Garbage Friday


Rich Coleman's LNG Assumptions: Trend Line


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Rich Coleman

British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission

Press Release

 ASSUMPTIONS

 





Using simplified Math.... 23,000 drilled wells equals how much Royalties added to the Treasury, eh

Thursday, August 7, 2014

"CPR shall thereafter operate and maintain the Arbutus Corridor...." Operate and Maintain? No Operation, No Maintenance either

Hmmmm.  We can understand the urgency that CPR has recently shown, weeding, therefore needing  Vancouver's Arbutus Corridor, but, ... what about the OPERATE portion?

When was the last CPR train?  Is there a time limit between trains that voids the Right of Way?

Proposed agreement between the Government of BC and CPR Co. 1885
The only weeding that the Arbutus Corridor needs is removal of the CPR?

P.S.  Page 1:
1. The said Company shall extend the main line of the Canadian Pacific Railway to Coal Harbor and English Bay, and shall for ever thereafter maintain and equip such extension as part of the main line of the Canadian Pacific Railway, and operate it accordingly. 
However CPR sold a portion of the Arbutus Corridor Right of Way, therefore its been impossible for CPR to maintain and equip such extension.... eh.
CP sold a chunk of a line at the entrance to Granville Island in 1995 to Starbucks, cutting off the connection between the Arbutus line and the track that ran east to Main Street. - Globe and Mail


VOID





Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Gordon Campbell "Lighting the fire" with 2008 Teaching Excellence Awards: .... replaced with a de Jong (Clark) $40 carrot bribe

 "Education is not about filling the pail (treasury) but lighting the fire." - 2008   Premier Gordon Campbell


What?  Recognition of Teachers by Premier Gordon Campbell?  Sincerity?  Would he have gone for the photo op then if he knew that his fate as Leader/Premier would be doomed by the introduction of another First, and Last, of The HST.

The BC Liberal government 2013 version, all Educators are trampled on, except one, by the trio of Clark-Fassbender-de Jong.   Premier Clark's memories on teaching is flawed by LOVE:
My dad was a public school teacher. And to this day, I still meet people who benefited from the incredible passion he brought to the classroom and the intense focus he put on each child as an individual.
 Education is not about filling the pail (treasury) but lighting the fire.


 First  Teachers Excellence Awards:  2008  - Video (first and Last)


http://www2.news.gov.bc.ca/news_releases_2005-2009/2008OTP0048-000290-Attachment1.htm

http://sd67.bc.ca/media/images/news/premiersaward.pdf

Monday, August 4, 2014

Rich Coleman farts hydrogen sulphite, Ahhhh: Then does Cart wheels and issues duct tape to seal school classroom windows ....

What a relief!?  Passing the gas out, pain in the ass dissipates, not into the stratosphere though, ground hugging, under the cover of darkness.

In the 1970's an enterprising, young, television (BCTV)  reporter (Mike McCardell???) was doing impromptu, on the street, interviews on a variety of topics like ..... "Madam, Do YOU Fart?"

"Mike" wasn't being selective, focusing on just one gender, the last pitch was to a prim and proper woman (50's), heavy coat, hat with a small feather for colour, handbag clutched to her chest.  Her reply to Mike was NO, NO, NO to the question on passing of gas.  Finally the reporter instinct took over, armed with experience of past answers, he offered a logical opinion on the release of gas.

"Madam do you realize that if you don't FART, you'd explode!" ...... Do you fart?  "No!"

Rich Coleman is in that same state of denial when it comes to fracking crack being fed to Mother Earth, surreptitiously slipping hydrogen sulphide out under the cover of night, accompanied, always, with the smell of sewage.


In a Stephen Hume's follow-up article on the BC Government (Rich Coleman) allowing sour gas wells within 500 metres of schools (Northern BC)(coming soon to Fraser Valley), Coleman ignored this in the report: "urged the province to regulate minimum setbacks of 1,500 metres between schools and sour gas facilities."

..... More than 1,900 children in nine schools scattered across northeastern B.C. were at possible risk from sour gas wells either planned or already drilled. That made it a pretty good story.

It sure got reader reaction, especially when the report also said emergency response plans for schools had to be improved — that simply supplying teachers with duct tape to seal windows or parking a bus in the schoolyard wasn’t good enough.

The Sun followed that story up with another.

It reported that in 2010 the province had actually planned to regulate combined safety setbacks and enhanced management zones from public facilities like schools of up to 2,000 metres.

However, the buffer zones later turned out not to be what was promised by then-minister Blair Lekstrom, but the paltry 100 metres that the UVic researchers said were far inferior to safety buffers required by regulators in the U.S. — but which industry said were perfectly adequate.  ........ - Stephen Hume - Vancouver Sun July 23, 2014

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Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association Limited

Application of quantitative Risk assessment for planning high sour wells or working in an H2S Field close to populated areas.   Dr. Elie Daher, United Safety


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H2S or Hydrogen Sulfite is an IDLH (Immediate Danger to Life and Health) poisonous gas and its exposure to humans leaves serious effects that could range from death to lasting physiological and neurological sicknesses.  H2S gas is also odorless, colorless and heavier than air which makes detection by humans very difficult.

Page 2 of 9  Something that BCOGC doesn't mention .....

Another technical failure in Canada (2) in 2009 caused the release of 30,000 cubic meters of gas containing 6200ppm of H2S.       The nearby community was NOT alerted until six hours after the release causing massive concern over procedures for public protection.  Residents near the wellsite reported smelling sewer like odours and hearing a "jet-like" noise.  Approximately 22 minutes after the sudden failure, the emergency shutdown (ESD) valve at the well closed automatically but was unable to stop the flow of gas from the failed tee because the ESD was downstream of the failure point.  The control room received and H2S alarm and notification of ESD closure at an adjacent well located on the same well pad approximately 25 metres from the leaking well.  Two operators donned personal protective equipment (PPE) and self contained breathing appraratus (SCBA) and manually closed the well head valves upstream of the failed tee.  The tee failed due to internal erosion resulting from abrasion caused by fracture sand suspended in the high velocity gas stream.  Five residences were located within a 1.34 km radius emergency planning zone.  A total of 18 residents evacuated the area during the release.
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In residential areas, none apply to schools, there are varying degrees of Response Planning to be taken into consideration when it comes to distances:

EPZ
Emergency Response Planning
EPZ
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 Some other acronyms
 Emergency Response Planning "Wyatt" ERP
  Emergency Awareness Zone EAZ
1.34 km EPZ
Provincial (BC only) Emergency Program PEP

Page 2 of 3 PEP must be informed
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BCOGC interactive Graphic Map, Tracks and creates Stats:

2010 BCOGC stats


2008 BCOGC stats

Change in Royalties, eh, less drilling, capping, ...

"29" in one circle; 181 incidences all told for 2007

2006 ..... 298 incidences


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BCOGC A5-7-77-14 L W6M aka Swan
Blue Dots Residences

BCOGC Swan



Third Party EXPERT:

NOT alerted until six hours after the release of 30,000 cubic metres

How did BCOGC explain the Incident.... by not including, not mentioning, the 30,000 cubic metres in it's Graphic Interactive Map (left side for "details")(right side bottom right Blue Dot well)



Failure Investigation Report: Encana Swan Well site: Wallis and Klemmer Road


Failure Investigation Report    Incident Map

22 November 2009 Failure of Piping at EnCana Swan Wellsite A5-7-77-14 L W6M

February 4, 2010

Oil and Gas Commission Failure Investigation Report (Wellsite A5-7-77-14) February 2010

Table 1B – Incident Time Log

Time

Detail

Approx.
2:30 AM

A local resident (1) smells what they thought was sewage. The resident did not make any notifications.

Approx.
3:30 AM

Resident (1) went outside 3 times to determine source of the smell but was uncertain where the smell could be coming from. The resident did not make any notifications.

Approx.
4:00 AM

Resident (1) hears a loud roaring sound from inside the house sounding like a jet flying over head. The resident did not make any notifications.

Approx.
5:00 AM

Another local resident (2) outside checking on livestock hears a loud roar but does not detect any odours. The resident does not make any notifications.

Approx.
7:00 AM

A local resident (3) out hunting drives up Klemmer Road and can smell gas; assumes some work is being done. The resident does not make any notifications.

Approx.
8:00 AM

Resident (2) goes back outside and detects a pungent rotten egg smell and hears a roaring sound, but assumes a company is doing some work. The resident does not make any notifications.

Approx.
8:30 AM

Resident (3) returns to area via Klemmer Road and observes gas cloud and detects strong odours. Advises inhabitants at nearby residence to evacuate.  Resident (3) drives through the gas cloud and heads East on Merrick Road and sees the gas coming off the wellsite and parks his pick-up about 300 metres cross wind on Merrick Road.

8:36 AM

Resident (3) does not have any EnCana emergency numbers and decides to call 911 to report a gas release at an EnCana wellsite.

8:38 AM

Sudden failure of a 60.3 mm Tee at the wellsite (noted on SCADA data for well pressure and flowrate).

Approx.
8:45 AM

Resident (3) contacts wife at home and suggests she start calling all neighbours to evacuate their homes. Resident (3) makes additional notifications to local residents and passersby advising the area is unsafe and instructs Resident (1) to park her pick-up at the junction of Klemmer Road and Wallis Road to restrict access and warn local residents to not drive through that area. Resident (3) then drives to junction of Wallis Road and Blockline Road and parks vehicle to restrict access and wait for more information.

9:00 AM

Resident (1) dials 911 to advise RCMP of a gas release and is transferred to fire service dispatch; resident is instructed to stay at present location until told otherwise. RCMP confirm they have received odour complaints from residents and are on the way.

9:05 AM

EnCana Control Room receives alarm showing the ESD valve at A5 has closed.

9:10 AM

EnCana control room receives high alarm from adjacent well (A6) confirming ESD at A6 has closed due to H2S detection of 12.82 PPM.

9:10 AM

EnCana dispatches operator to investigate (Operator 1).

9:15 AM

RCMP arrive; then proceed to set up road blocks at 2 separate locations. An industry medic truck arrives at Klemmer Road and Wallis Road and assembles with several others at intersection to await further instructions. Several others arrive at the intersection including a work crew and grader operator.

9:30 AM

Several residents gathered at the intersection of Wallis Road and Klemmer Road Dawson Creek evacuate including resident (1). Resident (1) states that gas odour was very strong at the highway near Gumbo Gulch Ranch.

9:38 AM

Local EnCana operator (Operator 2) receives a call from a local resident (4) informing him there is a leak.

9:45 AM

Operator 2 notifies EnCana control room of call. At the same time another local resident (5) arrives at Operator 2’s residence to inform him of the leak.

9:45 AM

RCMP makes first contact with EnCana stating several local residents have phoned in complaining of strong gas odours.

9:47 AM

EnCana control room operator contacts EnCana Operator 3 and dispatches him to the incident.

9:48 AM

EnCana Community Relations Advisor receives a call from local resident from SE 18-77-14-W6M and is informed by the resident he is evacuating to Pouce Coupe.

9:50 AM

Operator 2 arrives at the junction of Wallis Road and Klemmer Road and meets an EnCana construction foreman there. Operator tests ambient atmosphere with gas monitor and detects no H2S.

9:50 AM

Operator 2 then proceeds to drive slowly down Klemmer Road with window open and gas detector on. No H2S detected.

9:52 AM

Operator 1 requests assistance from another Operator (Operator 4). Operator 3 observes gas plume from A5 well at this time.

9:53 AM

Operator 3 confirms leak and proceeds to nearby compressor station to get an ignition kit.

9:57 AM

RCMP notifies EnCana that a resident (5) on Merrick Road has contacted the RCMP with an odour complaint.

10:00 AM

Operator 1 reports the leak is visible from Blockline Road. He requests that the wells and the 05-07 Block Valve be shut in.

10:00 AM

Local resident (6) phones Provincial Emergency Program (PEP) to report gas leak. PEP classifies as Level 1 and assigns incident #902235.

10:00 AM

EnCana Community Relations Advisor reports leak to EnCana control room. EnCana senior management notified.

10:02 AM

Operators 1, 2 and 4 arrive near the incident but cannot approach due to ongoing gas release.

10:05 AM

PEP places call to Commission Emergency Officer and MOE codes incident as a Code 1 Provincial.

10:06 AM

Operator 4 advised by local resident (3) that residents north of the incident site have evacuated and gathered at the intersection of Wallis Road and Klemmer Road.

10:06 AM

Operators 1, 2 and 3 determine a need to physically enter the site using SCBA’s to stop the flow of gas. Operators 1 and 3 will enter the site under observation from Operator 2.

10:07 AM

EnCana classifies incident as a Level 1 Emergency.

10:10 AM

Operators 1 and 3 attempt to shut in the A5 well. They get within 25 metres and can see that the tee has failed upstream of the ESD.

10:15 AM

Operator 4 meets with residents gathered at the intersection of Wallis Road and Klemmer Road. Advises residents to proceed to Tomslake hall. EnCana personnel man the roadblock at this location.

10:16 AM

EnCana identifies five residences within the 1.34 km emergency planning zone (EPZ) and initiates contact with all residents advising them that they may evacuate voluntarily to the Tomslake hall.

10:20 AM

Operator 1 and 3 evacuate the site due to problems with one of the SCBA’s.
Operator 5 arrives at site.

10:30 AM

EnCana provides a situation update to the RCMP.

10:35 AM

Operator 4 drives to the five residences within the EPZ to confirm evacuation.

10:42 AM

EnCana notifies Ministry of Energy, Mines, Minerals and Petroleum Resources (MEMPR) of incident.

10:45 AM

Operators 3 and 5 successfully shut in well.

10:45 AM

Evacuation reception centre opened at Tate Creek Community Centre in Tomslake.

10:49 AM

EnCana notifies PEP to report incident.

10:55 AM

EnCana provides a situation update to the RCMP.

11:00 AM

Commission Inspector contacts EnCana to receive additional information.

11:13 AM

EnCana provides an e-mail situation update to senior MEMPR officials.

12:30 to 12:33 PM

Peace River Regional District notified, mayor of Dawson Creek notified.

12:54 PM

Residents advised they may return to their residences.

Oil and Gas Commission Failure Investigation Report (Wellsite A5-7-77-14) February 2010

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And Coleman wants Teachers to use Duct Tape?


British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission  ALL THEIR Reports

BCOGC Incident Map explained

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Why is the public the ears, noses, and eyes of Encana, BCOGC, Coleman?


Heavens to Betsy, what were to happen if there were multiple leaks? in the Fraser Valley?

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Vancouver Sun EXCLUSIVE: Cabin on Lake O'Hara in Yoho National Park: For Sale

The Vancouver Sun has missed the point, once again.  Truth in Advertising.  On Page C1 of  Friday's edition they were being paid to be promote Blue Shore Financial credit union and Re/Max Realty expertise.  The Sun was supposed to use an example of a "family cabin", obtainable within their finances.   Deadlines being what they are in the News media, they never got back to Blue Shore to confirm the authenticity of the "family cabin" photo.  We asked.

The article is well written by Derrick Penner, but ruined by PostMedia News Files editors using an image that has absolutely nothing to do with a typical family cabin on recreational property.





This Cabin is NOT for sale, not even on the market to be sold independent of the other three cabins.  The privately held complex includes the LODGE and other amenities, could be sold, but consider the high price that would be required .....  because, its setting is UNIQUE. It's nowhere near Banff which has a proliferation of private operators within a National Park.    Lake O'Hara Lodge / Cabins are PRIVATELY owned and its inside Yoho National Park, west of the Continental Divide separating British Columbia from the rest of Canada!   The price tag for the "family cabin" would be well beyond the reach of those wishing to purchase it to be used sparingly throughout the year at the best of times seasonally.


..... While it might not be showing up in sales figures yet, North Vancouver-based BlueShore Financial credit union surveyed a group of its members and found that not much more than one-third of those who own recreational property expect to pass that real estate on to their children.

And among respondents who are children of recreational property owners, 61 per cent reported that they did not expect to inherit the family's cabin, cottage or ski condo. ..... - Derrick Penner - Vancouver Sun
Maybe someone will inherit Lake O'Hara, but when it has shifted onto someone else's shoulders in the past it hasn't been kept within the family.  eg.


Bruce Millar: Owner of Lake O'Hara, has a few suggestions about his Lodge and its amenities:

Can I bring my cell phone?
Sure, bring it - unfortunately, it won't work as there is no coverage in our remote mountain location. You'll most likely be using it as a camera! Our guests appreciate truly being unplugged for a short period of time. There is a pay phone at the lodge that you are welcome to use should you really need to get in touch with someone.