Thursday, July 26, 2007

Slick

The oil spill is getting a lot of quick attention from all levels of government.

Mayor Derek Corrigan has been an effective local leader in the first days of what will be a lengthy cleanup process. The town hall was a good move to get the details out to the impacted residents.

Federal environment minister John Baird was quick to the scene, inspecting the area from a boat.

11 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seeing Corrigan out there making like he was the saviour and walking on oil was pretty sad. This is not the time to get political yet he was from the get go.
My only was question is where was his bullhorn.

7/26/2007 9:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Corrigan was showing calm collected leadership, acting like a Mayor should. There wasn't any politiking.

Kind of pathetic that some Team Burnaby type makes stupid comments.

There wasn't anything political in his handling of the situation on scene or at the resident's meeting.

Negative part is that Corrigan hasn't shown that same kind of leadership at council meetings.

Team Burnaby types shouldn't waste time on Corrigan and should put their efforts to better use, such
as retiring that debt.

7/27/2007 12:02 AM  
Blogger Warren said...

There was too no partisan divide in the 9/11 rescue when everyone gathers behind the mayor, even the political opponents. There too should be no partisan divide between Corrigan and Team Burnaby in this incident. However, what we need to assess is Corrigan's ability on the front line to handle probably the biggest crisis under his administration after years in the city hall. With the federal tories and NDP's coming together by his side giving counsel, I am certain he will handle this well.

7/27/2007 12:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What I noticed was our mayor being very very quick to tag Kinder Morgan as responsible. He seemed to be in an awful hurry to get his story out to the media. On the very first series of comments he was talking about how the map provided by KM showed the line some nine meters away etc.etc.

Maybe that will be how this ends up. But maybe not. It could end up being the backhoe operator hired by the City of Burnaby who is at fault. This would lead directly to questions about their insurance and the City of Burnaby's Risk Management procedures. For example one of the fundamentals of RM is transference of risk on these things. Was it done? What does the contract say? If not the City will
have to cover it. That means you and me.

7/27/2007 2:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"What I noticed was our mayor being very very quick to tag Kinder Morgan as responsible."

It is Kinder Morgan's pipeline.


"He seemed to be in an awful hurry to get his story out to the media. On the very first series of comments he was talking about how the map provided by KM showed the line some nine meters away etc.etc."

He was referencing Kinder Morgan maps which are provided to the contractor and city. Those maps
were obvioulsy in error.

"Maybe that will be how this ends up. But maybe not. It could end up being the backhoe operator hired by the City of Burnaby who is at fault. This would lead directly to questions about their insurance and the City of Burnaby's Risk Management procedures."

Bit of a stretch there.


"For example one of the fundamentals of RM is transference of risk on these things. Was it done? What does the contract say? If not the City will
have to cover it. That means you and me. "

Not nessesarily, since it is up to the pipeline company to provide
clear and accurate locations of their lines, plus Kinder Morgan did not have an inspector at the job site to ensure that the shovel operate was well away from the pipeline.

Kinder Morgan has already assumed cost recovery for the incident so
no taxpayer money will be spent on the recovery and cleanup.

Wonder what would have happened if this occured within the mandate of a Team Burnaby Mayor?

What would have been different?

7/27/2007 4:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There was too no partisan divide in the 9/11 rescue when everyone gathers behind the mayor, even the political opponents. There too should be no partisan divide between Corrigan and Team Burnaby in this incident.

A bit of a stretch to link 9/11
and this. The only common denominator in these incidents is to keep the politics out.



However, what we need to assess is Corrigan's ability on the front line to handle probably the biggest crisis under his administration after years in the city hall."

He's done very well so far.

With the federal tories and NDP's coming together by his side giving counsel, I am certain he will handle this well.

What the h-double hockey sticks are you blabbering about? This has nothing to do with federal tories and NDP coming together.

7/27/2007 4:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another classic Risk Management procedure is for Kinder morgan to do its utmost to immediately mitigate damages - regardless of fault. In spite of what a previous post suggested this does not in any way indicate culpability on their part. It is all casestudy reaction for anyone who has a risk management professional woking for them.

Burnaby is not off the hook on this thing whether or not you think this is a stretch. For example, you mention (along with the Mayor and the media)that the KM person was not on site when the rupture happened. So what. Does anyone know if the Kinder Morgan person was even told when the digging would occur? You do not know the answer and neither do I. But these things are important facts that will help determine who pays for the costs of the cleanup.

Another post above said that the pipeline is owned by KM as if this alone should settle who is libel. The streets of Burnaby are owned by the municipality, but that does not mean the City is libel for a traffic accident.

What I do know is that the Mayor has been very quick to shift all responsibiltiy to Kinder Morgan and it looks fishy to me.

Let's wait a bit and help those affected by this accident. The chips will fall out soon enough. I don't think the mayor's premature blame game has helped any of us

7/27/2007 11:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"A bit of a stretch to link 9/11
and this. The only common denominator in these incidents is to keep the politics out."
Yes, and that is what's been talked about right here.

"He's done very well so far."
No one is denying Derek's effective management of such a crisis. But as someone has already mentioned, he makes sure that we all know about it. But as said previously, I dont think this is the right time for criticism.

"What the h-double hockey sticks are you blabbering about? This has nothing to do with federal tories and NDP coming together. "
The NDP riding MP and Tory Minister of Enviroment both came to the site and both made sure to consult the mayor about what they think should be done to get everything under control. No, it is nothing about it, but it simply shows that the government and the opposition can always come together in crises such as this no matter how much they hate each other during elections. And I think that is certainly admirable to see from both conservatives and NDP.

7/28/2007 2:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The NDP riding MP and Tory Minister of Enviroment both came to the site and both made sure to consult the mayor about what they think should be done to get everything under control. No, it is nothing about it, but it simply shows that the government and the opposition can always come together in crises such as this no matter how much they hate each other during elections. And I think that is certainly admirable to see from both conservatives and NDP."

Nothing new there, That's usually what happens.

What is new, is the political spin
someone has obviously put on.

Actually it's the other way around,
the Mayor would brief the federal Environment Minister.

The local MP wouldn't have much to contribute in the managing of the incident.

Co-operation and everyone being on the same page is important in handling incidents, rather than establishing some kind of political pecking order.

7/28/2007 7:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Although Corrigan is surprisingly laying blame from the start KM is surprisingly not giving their side yet and that seems to point culpability towards them.
They need a PR person.

7/28/2007 5:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Although Corrigan is surprisingly laying blame from the start KM is surprisingly not giving their side yet and that seems to point culpability towards them.
They need a PR person."

Not surprising at all since any pipeline company is responsible for
the infrastructure.

It was K/M's survey maps that were used to determine where to dig, so
they are indeed the primary source
of cause.

7/28/2007 6:01 PM  

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