"We can't allow things that are inaccurate to stand." — The Word of Our Dan, February 19, 2008.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Opposition: ur doing it rong

The tail end of Monday's Question Period, as captured in Hansard.

Friendly advice for the traitors in the opposition: with such a touchy and hot-headed occupant of the government benches, if your Question Period turns out so tepid, and timid, and lame that even the Speaker notices, you need to change your game.
MS MICHAEL: Mr. Speaker, oil industry observers and analysts say the equipment needed to drill a relief well would not be available fast enough should there be a rupture in the Chevron well, which is 2,600 metres beneath the ocean. Mr. Speaker, the C-NLOPB say that until they understand more about what is happening, they do not see any reason to stop drilling.

Mr. Speaker, I have to question both the C-NLOPB and the provincial government’s reasoning. Why won’t they put a halt to this project until we know how to deal with incidents so far beneath the ocean? We have no idea.

MS DUNDERDALE: Mr. Speaker, her premise is faulty again that we do not have any idea. Indeed we do have ideas, Mr. Speaker.

Now, Mr. Speaker, a relief well is not the only fail-safe mechanism if a blowout prevention stack fails. There are at least three more that have been identified in this country - one of them is required for drilling offshore. The Stena Carron has all three capabilities on the rig, Mr. Speaker, plus it has the option of drilling a relief well.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. SPEAKER: Question Period has been so quiet and attentive the Speaker is reluctant to move on.

The time allotted for questions and answers has expired.



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