They aren’t experts

We read a disturbing item in the Advertiser today. It reads in part –

Kings County Council has voted in favour of sending correspondence expressing concern over the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities , the premier and the prime minister. … this is about creating awareness and sending a message to offshore drillers.  (no online link that we could find.)

What expertise do Kings County Councillors have on this subject? We know why they might be concerned about the effects of such an accident on our shores, but what do they hope for? What message do they want to send to drillers? Go away, we don’t want you? We expect they will advocate for a moratorium as Wolfville did for Uranium exploration.

In our experience Councillors are not even well versed in a subject which is central to Municipal government -ie. how the property tax system works. Why do they think they have the expertise to advise on off shore drilling? They haven’t a clue, but the pressure could do great damage.

There is already a chill on the local industry.

And blind fear is driving the situation in the US.

We know we will be accused of not caring about the environment, but we do.  Our point is such things should be handled by people educated in the field and who can rationally assess the risks so that we don’t needlessly shoot ourselves in the foot.

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5 responses to “They aren’t experts

  1. Kings County Councilors to the rescue! Just in time, they shut down the leak today…

    Is there anything more pathetic than a bandwagon jumper that misses the bandwagon?

  2. William Zimmerman

    They didn’t “suht down the leak”. Not quite that simple. While the new three ram device is installed and the initial valve closure cut off the flow the developed pressure isn’t as high as expected and there is a continuing concern that the casing is compromised below the sea bottom and oil may be leaking into other structures and may eventually show up somewhere else. The relief well kill is still the best shot to really end this episode.

    And the continuing concern is that the same drilling/inspection circumstances that resulted in the current blowout may be setting the stage for future problems. There are still important issues to be addressed, not the least of which are the drilling regulations in place for exploration off Newfoundland and in the Arctic.

    • Doubtless, this Gulf of Mexico catastrophe has driven a lot of technological innovation. I just hope all those regulators don’t resort to the usual reactionary guff (stifling all innovation by piling do-nothing bureaucrats thicker and higher). Instead, I’d like to see them keep a positive focus on continuing to push forward the state of the art, because there should be money to be made by those who can provide a viable “Plan B” — and there are definitely many billions of people to provide for.

      In the meantime, here in Nova Scotia, we have our own pressing problems: debt and excessive taxation.