Stroke transport protocol changed: check.
Illicit crude oil transfers stopped (along with the toxic fumes and oil spills): check.
So I’m pretty happy. It appears that when we take the time to report serious problems to the right people in the right agencies, they care and they do their job of protecting us, really well apparently. And quickly. In under two months for the stroke protocol. In under three months for the illicit crude oil transfers. Impressive. Kudos (again, I can’t thank these people enough) to: … Continue reading
Summary of Events: Harley Marine out on Main Street is the holding company for Marine Starlight and Public Service Marine (PSM, based in Seattle). Two crude-oil tank-holding barges owned by PSM are named the Jovalan and the Olympic Spirit. During the Fall of 2010, the Jovalan brought crude oil up from San Diego in September and Santa Barbara in November. Each time, PSM conducted two illicit crude oil transfers from the Jovalan to the Olympic Spirit, in order to be able to deliver their crude oil (from San Diego and/or Santa Barbara) to the Conoco-Philips refinery.
QUESTION Why would one barge need to transfer it’s hold of crude oil it had collected in Santa Barbara before delivering the crude oil to Conoco-Philips?
ANSWER Because the Jovalan is a single-hull barge. Conoco-Philips requires any delivery at their facility to be done from a double-hull barge/ship.
QUESTION Are single-hull barges/ships even legal anymore in the state of California?
ANSWER No. In 1990, TWENTY YEARS AGO, the U.S. enacted the Oil Pollution Act (OPA) that requires oil tankers entering US ports be double-hulled, and requires the phase out of existing single-hull tankers.
QUESTION: Why is Harley Marine’s PSM allowed to run a single-hulled barge up and down our coast, and in and out of our bay? Continue reading
The AFD (Alameda Fire Department) is two for two. Or is it that BAAQMD (Bay Area Quality Control District) is two for two? Or is it a combined failure to protect us during toxic events?
On November 4, 2010: we had a wall of toxic stink from Cardinal Point all the way to Bay Farm. My eyes, throat and lungs were burning… Continue reading