Let's learn from the gas and oil company problem

Discussion in 'Design, Development and Standards Discussions' started by canderson, Dec 20, 2008.

  1. canderson

    canderson Friend of the Community

    The U.S Fish and Wildlife service says it has a national problem on its hands and has launched an effort to prevent birds from suffocating in the 20-foot-tall tanks called heater treaters, which are used to separate oil and salt water.

    The problem was first noticed when wildlife officers found dozens of dead birds in the Wattenberg oil field north of Denver.

    To solve the problem, the FWS is requiring the gas and oil companies to solve the problem, otherwise they will be fined.

    Like the avian/tower concerns, the FWS said it was not sure how many birds were being killed, but knew it was a ?serious problem?.

    Unlike enforcement of bird kills on towers, the companies using the heater treaters were under their jurisdiction and they could enforce a remedial program.

    Like the avian/tower issue, the biologists do not know why they're attracted to heater treaters, where they end up dying because of the noxious gases.

    Unlike the tower issue, it was quickly identified how to solve the problem by a simple use of covers over the openings.

    The oil and gas industry didn?t see this as a problem and it is quickly becoming a non-issue because the FWS identified the dilemma, offered a realistic solution and the fix was an inexpensive mesh screen.

    Unfortunately, the FWS and other conservation groups are pushing for what they believe will be an easy fix of the bird kill problems by changing all red lighting to white strobe lighting. But they have absolutely no credible data that this fix will work.

    Until such time that these groups produce scientific and acceptable data, the FCC should not enact any new rulemaking based upon inaccurate information that will slow the needed communications build-out, put an unfair burden upon small business owners and force homeowners to be inconvenienced by white strobe lights at night.

    Christian Anderson
    Denver, CO

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