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Oil company to state: There's no such thing as climate change, but I need to protect my facilities from this darn changing climate!

The Delaware City Refining Company has applied to state officials for approval on plans to reinforce its facilities. How come, you might ask?

In its filing, the Delaware City Refining Company says its shoreline is disappearing. Rapidly. "The extent of tidal encroachment is obvious," the report says, adding: "Review of historical photography suggests that the rate of shoreline erosion is increasing." The only solution, it says, is to build a protective ring of buoys "that has the resilience to deal with Sea Level Rise (SLR) for at least 50 years."
The best part, as pointed out by the Sierra Club, is that they are still only interested in protecting their business!
The proposed buoys would dissipate wave energy from tides, boats, and storms, but they wouldn't do much about the actual sea rise, which is accelerating.
If you want to see the crazy scary images that Delaware City Refining Company used to show why they need these reinforcements, go here.

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  •  Jack up your plant, boys... (5+ / 0-)

    ...that's all you can do unless you move inland.

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Tue Jul 29, 2014 at 12:56:23 PM PDT

  •  Do they really think that plant will still be (2+ / 0-)
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    julesrules39, profundo

    there in 50 years?

    I'm a Vietnam Era vet. I'm also an Erma Bombeck Era vet. When cussing me out and calling me names please indicate which vet you would like to respond to your world changing thoughts.

    by Just Bob on Tue Jul 29, 2014 at 04:17:29 PM PDT

  •  OIl = DEATH (1+ / 0-)
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    These fools are such SCAMMERS. They are POLLUTING FOR PRFIT. PROFIT at everyone else's expense. Our planet is dying. 3200 tigers left in the wild. Every animal on earth is endangered. What do these jerks do? They want to bombard the Atlantic Coast with SONIC CANNONS. This will Kill the Whales and Dolphins in a very painful way. If they are close it will burst their ear drums. Others it will make deaf. They communicate with sound. They are the doctors of our Oceans. Our Oceans are so sick all ready. These men and their stupid cars. Get a life. Live right. Don't kill for you fun. Don't kill for money. Wasn't the Gulf disaster enough for you people to realize these men don't know how to stop any leaks. There are leaks all over the world. The Oceans make 3 of 4 breaths we take. Why are we allowing any of this? CARS. Boys with Toys. Coal rollers. Those ignorant SOBS. They are killing their own children with this asinine behavior. These Slave State Mentality has got to go. Civil war was over a long time ago. Over 150years ago. Wake up and get an education. You people wouldn't know a real fact if it bit you in the ass. Oil companies know exactly what damage they do. They just don't fucking care. They must be stopped NOW. Big Coal exports and use here must stop NOW. We are killing ourselves for these pricks. We are killing our Planet. We have entered the 6th mass extinction. Deny all you want. It changes nothing. Facts are facts. Science, true science tells us what is happening. Your addiction to power is overwhelming. Greed is also a addiction and ONE of the Seven Deadly Sins. Well you sure are proving why Greed is a Deadly Sin. Death is everywhere from your practices. Way to go boys. You are bigger imbeciles than any one. On a mission to murder. That is what you are. Thieves and murders. The Earth was not created for your Greed. If another spill happens in the lower 48 I hope people rise up and tell you to go fuck yourselves. I want a electric car that is affordable for all. That would frost your cookies wouldn't it. A cheap electric car for all would put your asses right out of business. All hail Tesla. I can hardly wait to spit in your faces.

    •  Learn a bit first, okay? (1+ / 0-)
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      What do these jerks do? They want to bombard the Atlantic Coast with SONIC CANNONS. This will Kill the Whales and Dolphins in a very painful way. If they are close it will burst their ear drums.
      No, it won't kill the whales and dolphins.

      A seismic survey does produce sound that, if an animal were right next to it, could produce injuries and even death, however, and here's the important part of that phrase: "right next to it".

      The normal way of conducting a seismic survey is when you start a seismic line the ship spends up to an hour or more slowly ramping up the power on the airgun, specifically to provide a warning to animals in the immediate vicinity about the noise, and then it starts moving, with the full-power shots providing plenty of warning so animals can avoid the ship. And in many places the requirements are to have observers on the ship so that if, for some reason, the animals aren't moving away the survey stops.

      In order to Kill the Whales and the Dolphins in a very painful way, the dolphins and whales would have to first ignore the slowly ramping up noise, then actively approach it, even though it is becoming increasingly painful as they approached the airgun array, and then continue on even as they were suffering injuries to themselves.

      This isn't like military sonar where the emitter does sneak up and suddenly makes a full-power burst, this is a technology where it's the very opposite of sneaking and gives the animals plenty of warning.

      The one group of animals that do have a problem are very slow moving or immobile bottom dwellers which can, when they are under the array, suffer damage. But in decades of use, it's been demonstrated it can be used quite easily and without lasting harm to the environment.

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