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  •  I love how folks like Gohmert go (3+ / 0-)
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    Ginny in CO, DWG, NoMoreLies

    Scary monster boo

    Then Scream Drill Baby Drill

    It seems that Gohmert is also something of an expert on animal husbandry. Here’s his theory: The caribou very much enjoy the warmth the pipeline radiates. “So when they want to go on a date, they invite each other to head over to the pipeline,” he informed his colleagues. It’s apparently the equivalent of being wined and dined. And that has resulted in a tenfold caribou population boom, he concluded.
    Meanwhile back in the real world

    Another Canadian pipeline security expert who works internationally said he has never been contacted by a Canadian company for work on protection from activist sabotage.

    "It should be more of a concern here," he said.

    A recently declassified RCMP intelligence report cites growing radicalism among eco-activists as a threat to energy infrastructure. Rudner explains Canada has been identified as a target by Al Qaeda. In 2006, it attacked the Nexen oil refinery in Yemen - Canada's largest refinery abroad.
    (Reuters) - Attackers blew up Yemen's main oil export pipeline on Friday, halting the flow of crude, an official working for the state-run Safer oil company said, the latest in a series of attacks.

    Yemen's oil and gas pipelines have been repeatedly sabotaged by insurgents and tribesmen, especially since anti-government protests created a power vacuum in 2011, causing fuel shortages and slashing export earnings for the impoverished country.

    Yemen's stability is a priority for the United States and its Gulf Arab allies because of its strategic position next to top oil exporter Saudi Arabia and shipping lanes, and because is home to one of al Qaeda's most active wings.
    Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. is planning a field exercise this year to test a hydraulically powered clamp designed to stop oil squirting out of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline through a bullet hole.
    Why a repair kit?

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Oil spewed like a geyser from the trans-Alaska oil pipeline yesterday, more than 24 hours after a man shot a hole in the line.

    Crews struggled to install a clamp to stop the leak and clean up more than 260,000 gallons of oil. The work was proceeding slowly due to explosive vapors at the site, said Brad Hahn of the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.

    The man suspected of shooting the pipeline with a .338-caliber rifle, Daniel Carson Lewis, 37, was arraigned yesterday on charges of criminal mischief, driving while intoxicated, weapons misconduct and felony assault.

    Maybe he was shooting at horny caribou.........

    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 11:20:44 PM PDT

    •  Oh, I doubt the caribou. (3+ / 0-)
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      NoMoreLies, JML9999, elwior

      Unless he was willing to leave the meat and just take the antlers - which happens often enough.

      Let me explain about road signs in Alaska. They are hard to read due to all the bullet holes. I think they go thru the annual road sign budget in 3-4 months.

      Remember the Alaska (women's) response to the high number of single men there? 'The odds are good but the goods are odd.'

      Alaskans' response to terrorism on the pipeline. "400 miles from nowhere, with grizzlies, moose, and odd guys armed to the teeth, sure."

      Gohmert. I'd love to think he could be lured to Alaska and shown an ice floe with his name on it. The guy is just gullible enough...

      Good list. I can't remember how long it's been since there was a remote spill they didn't find for some ridiculous amount of time. Think they came up with a better sensing system.  Also too lazy (@ 2:45 am) to search for how much longer that pipeline has been in service past it's expected lifespan.

      "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

      by Ginny in CO on Sun Mar 31, 2013 at 01:45:38 AM PDT

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