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Major Issues: Brit Oil Madness

©2015 by Raymond Alexander Kukkee   [caption id="attachment_3301" align="aligncenter" width="349"]Oil Equipment Oil Equipment                Photo by Pixabay[/caption]  

Brit Oil Madness Reaches a Frenzy with a New Major Strike

Yes, another one. Another great deposit of crude oil.  No kidding. Opportunistic  pip-pip-pippers, politicos and oil  industry moguls  in England must be ecstatic, particularly the  oil exploration group  UKOG,  UK Oil & Gas Investments  which  announced the tentative discovery of yet another great deposit of the dirty black stuff. Brit oil madness and opportunism reached a new high as a deposit with a  potential of up to 100 Billion-barrels was recently announced... England is floating upon a great, deep deposit of crude oil, close to Gatwick,  —if one is to believe UKOG.

Oil madness suggests Brits and England will soon be floating in Oil

Geologically, it would hardly be surprising if a major oil discovery actually has been made next to the great Gatwick airport in England considering the size and scope of the historical  North Sea deposits.

Should Oil in New Discoveries be Extracted?

Assuming the new deposit estimates are valid, should it be extracted?  Everyone knows oil floats, but the Southern end of Great Britain  is already known to be sinking. The Northern end, attached firmly to the Great Haggis, Nessie and inflated bagpipes, is happily rising.  Go figure. Oil is king, let us pump out the old girl.  Damn the sinking, we shall blame the Great  Sinking  of Big Ben on the ice age too, they say, as they tipple away in Ye Olde Boy's Oil Club. Regardless, with low oil prices and a world glut of oil, should new discoveries be extracted? Logically, we think not. If Brit oil madness is warranted and  the deposit is confirmed, ever more oil madness is virtually guaranteed, just as there is little doubt Ye Olde England will continue to sink further.   Logic dictates the discovery will be exploited by greedy corporate interests allowed to run out of control by self-entitled, bobble-headed politicians, no matter what the environmental cost.  Alas, Brits will  soon coated in more nice dirty crude oil far above their peculiar Wellingtons. Will the well-intended stiff-upper-lip Brit then be tempted to forgo the wonderful potential of green energy and revert to archaic oil madness, praising  fossil fuels in order to justify the extraction, exploitation and profit offered by a new world-class deposit? Of course.  Pip-pip, old chap, recognize the shimmering possibilities offered by 100 billion barrels of stinky crude.  Swimming pools, movie stars, and exporting to the Chinese, to further enable their suffocation in industrial smog. Wake up and smell the burning gas flares roses. Pipelines. Oil disasters.  Let us suffer oil madness just like  the USA, Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq, and many others, but especially worthy of note, Canada. Really? Canada? Back to the question;  Is it ethical to consider extracting another hundred billion barrels of oil, further endangering a global environment which is already teetering on the edge of total destruction?  What is oil madness?  Ask Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper —who gutted environmental legislation to enable unlimited strip-mining and expansion of Alberta's oil sands—exacerbating and expanding what is  possibly the most horrific, potentially-disastrous environmental assault on earth today—so he can leave a legacy of oil madness to his own grandchildren —and ours. We do hope the Brits are at least smart enough to  think about it.  Pip-pip... .  Is that Incoming I hear?
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Strip-Mining The Oil Sands

©2014  by Raymond Alexander Kukkee [caption id="attachment_2764" align="aligncenter" width="768"]A huge pit, strip-mining with gigantic minint truck andequipment Strip-mining Oil Sands  in  Alberta                      photo by Mark Ralston[/caption]  

"Strip-mining:  The removal of  economically less-valuable cover, vegetation or other natural layers from the  environment to expose and enable the profitable exploitation and extraction of large, highly profitable deposits of coal without digging a shaft."  

  Strip-mining.  Let's face it.  It's an ugly combination of words, because it is an UGLY process.    It begins with stripping, the systematic, complete, and violent removal of  protective layers, whether it be in the act of rape or  exploiting  nature. Strip-mining is the most destructive resource extraction process in the world. Strip-mining was ugly in the historical destruction of  Appalachia. Condemned as a symbol of greed and ugliness that remains visible in those areas, strip-mining has returned to North America with a vengeance under  the  euphemism "development"   of the Athabaska oil Sands.

No Excuses Allowed

Let's take the gloves off  and allow  no excuses.    It is somehow now deemed "acceptable"  to allow the uncontrolled denuding and strip-mining  of thousands of square kilometers of Canada's oil sands for profit, leaving barren, oil-soaked lands and poisoned water. The oil  is not for the beneficial use by Canadians.  Strip-mining the oil sands is not for Canadians by any stretch of the imagination, nor is the pipeline structure for the benefit of Canadians. It does not lower outrageous gasoline prices for Canadians. It sadly fails all  international expectations of management of the environment climate control and the reduction of the use of fossil fuels.  The potential for irreversible, horrendous environmental spills,  pipeline breaks  and catastrophes is so high it is almost sublime.  The oil sands already inflicts the largest carbon footprint in history at a time when Carbon dioxide levels in the environment are already the highest they have been in over  800 years.  Imagine that.  Scientific data falls upon stubborn, deaf ears, closed minds blinded by indifference, ego and huge profits for international petroleum giants derived at any cost. International oil companies including  Shell and  China's CNOOC, a communist  state-owned oil giant that was enabled by the outrageous approval of the sale of NEXXEN--(conveniently including a significant percentage of the total  oil sands resource )are laughing already.  They are now  "developing" the oil sands as they choose to do, under relaxed environmental laws courtesy of the Harper government.

'Development' of the Oil Sands

  Let's call it what it IS.  STRIP-MINING of Canada's oil sands. A dirty, ugly environmental disaster already in process, and clearly the most horrific environmental disaster willfully perpetrated on the globe today. Further expansion of  oil sands projects in Alberta will be further exacerbated and enabled by the highly-controversial construction of the potentially disastrous  Northern Gateway Pipeline through First Nations lands and  pristine British Columbia to a 'marine terminal' at Kitimat  --to load and ship crude oil by heavy tanker traffic  through ecologically-sensitive coastal and  inland waters.

Remember the  Exxon Valdez. How clever. The Exxon Valdez disaster which dumped many millions of gallons of crude oil on the west coast  was never  cleaned up. Why? It is impossible to clean up a disaster of that scale. Much crude oil sinks to the bottom and cannot be recovered. It remains there today, over 20 years later, contaminating pristine coastal waters. They played in the surf,   "mopped up " a few beaches for the media, and washed a few seabirds off with dish soap.  Isn't that encouraging?


The Harper Legacy and the Sell-Out of Canada

Why was the Northern Gateway pipeline approved?  To  hurry up  the export of that precious Canadian resource  to China and  Asia. To accelerate Canada into "world oil producer" status   Should Canadians swell with pride?   No. Why?

Let's grow up and face facts. It is a foregone conclusion the pipeline had to be approved to make China happy and can be "justified " because the CNOOC-Nexxen deal was already made in spite of the fact that the majority of thinking Canadians opposed that sale,  oppose  further expansion of the tar sands, and oppose  the potentially  disastrous Northern Gateway  pipeline  project itself. The sad fact is, the expansion of strip mining of the oil sands  and pipeline projects have been expressly approved  by Stephen Harper and his Conservative government  as a matter of legacy for Mr. Harper  and his coiffed ego. To save face for the sell-out of Canada. To make his rich friends happy.  Should Canadians collectively be outraged?  You can bet on it. Let's tell Stephen.   

Dear Prime Minister Harper:

Strip-mining Canada's oil sands was always an outrageously bad idea and an environmental disaster.   Approving the sale of Nexxen to CNOOC was your worst idea yet. Fact is, you sold out Canada.   When the resource is depleted, China and it's puppet petroleum giants will walk away laughing at you, Sir, and Canadians will be left with your legacy--millions of square kilometers of worthless, barren, oil-soaked land, poisoned, toxic water, mutant fish and wildlife,— and very sick people.

Your response, Sir, can  also not begin to address the  problems your obsession with fossil fuels is causing, the  issue of climate change and flooding which is already happening. Further to that, Mr. Prime Minister,  STRIP-MINING of the tar sands land mass is irresponsible and no less criminal than strip-mining of mountains for coal in the Appalachian mountains. --For profit, for export, for greedy foreign profiteers, —and certainly not for Canadians. It is a crime against humanity.

The thoughtless expansion and destruction of  unique oil sands habitat is systematically destroying a huge organic mat,  a natural sponge that WAS capable of soaking up and holding hundreds of trillions of gallons of water.  Try it yourself at 24 Sussex Drive. A simple kitchen sponge will hold a half liter of water and allow it to evaporate slowly. Do you not understand how much water WAS, but is no longer being controlled by the destroyed oil sands areas?

How much longer should Canadians be tolerating this foolishness, considering alternative clean energy is available?

Your legacy at this point  is a bad joke, --with all due respect, Mr. Prime Minister. What will you tell your grandchildren when millions of gallons of crude oil  end up in B.C rivers?  Which excuse will you use when the Douglas Channel is irreversibly coated with crude oil?   Will you throw up your hands, whining, and say  "WE made a mistake?" Perhaps you'll use  "I  did not understand what strip-mining was" as an excuse,  or  ' I  needed a legacy to feel important?"    Which will it be? Some "Harper legacy," Sir—again, with all due respect.   Mr. Prime Minister, please try again.  Canadians expect and deserve better. 

Do what is right for Canadians.  On July 1st on Canada Day,  you suggested you care for Canada and Canadians. Prove it.  ##


Is that Incoming I hear?

+ Photo credit:  Oil sands mine  by  Mark Ralston

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