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Where there’s smoke, there’s fire; where there’s gas, there are leaks.


There will be no environmental effect from the natural gas pipelines in Myanmar.

Deputy Minister of Energy U Aung Htoo has spoken, and declared it so.

It’s nice to know that Myanmar’s Deputy Minister of Energy U Aung Htoo can be so confident when the rest of the world is constantly pulling a modern HAZMAT type “Hans Brinker” to plug the leak. (You remember Hans Brinker? The little dutch boy who put his finger in the leaky dike?)

Now, I don’t know Deputy Minister of Energy U Aung Htoo at all. The only thing I ever heard of him is that quote I’m writing about. I don’t know one thing about Myanmar politics. I do know about Murphy’s law: Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. Especially with pipelines where the consequences can be so far-reaching.

Myanmar-Thai and Myanmar-China gas pipelines as well as domestic pipelines are being laid. Sounds like a whole lot of pipeline, and a whole lot of environmental impact. I wonder who will be making the money from these pipelines? That’s what they say—always follow the cash and you’ll get to the bottom of it, whatever it is. Let’s hope the bottom of it won’t be some chemically polluted water, or gas explosion.

So, Deputy Minister of Energy U Aung Htoo appears confident; but he also said that (SCADA) was installed to tackle the possible leak problem. SCADA (Supervisory control and data acquisition) Wait…if he’s so confident, how is it that they have a strategy to deal with “possible leaks”? Maybe they’re not so secure after all.

Wonder how long till the first leak.

Wonder if they’ll try to hush it up.

I hope I’m not writing a column some time in the future saying I told you so.