"The spill went undetected for 10 hours." As a resident of SLC I say
shut the pipeline down. This is the 2nd major leak in 6 months. Chevron has
proven that they are unable to operate that line safely, or that they just don't
care. Why was Chevron allowed to run that pipeline with
"inadequate leak detection equipment" over the last 6 months? People are criticizing the mayor for overreacting, but it seems to me
that shutting down the pipeline until it can be fixed properly was the reaction
that should have been taken after the first leak.
I guess people won't care about oil spills... until it covers x3
beach costlines. Oh, wait, that already happened. I'm
sure the 10 people who died on the oil platform in the gulf, are happy we have
this oil pipeline.
the ability to 'immediately shut down the pipe' is of no efficacy if the means
to detect product loss is inadequate. when a vault is flooded with product and
no automatic method is in place to cease the product flow, the company (Chevron)
is negligent and fully liable. when a boat is filled/filling with water, it
usually means there is a leak, a BAD leak!managment of this pipeline
is a clear indication of reckless and callous corporate profiteering. it is
violating local safety, wildlife, environmental standards and creating a laisse
fair attitude toward the actual respect the company seems to think it deserves.
too many sham meetings, agreements and cheap two liners to cover up
mistake after mistakes.
Are you ready for the increased amount of trucks that will be coming into SLC
each day if this closes down? They would be adding 20 each day to haul it in
instead. If the pipe can't be used that is part of the consequences.
Could this be Becker's Katrina?