I heard on the news yesterday that long haul flights are having to make un-scheduled stops to top up their fuel tanks. Having heard that they had more than enough fuel, I think that it is more likely that the short fill the tanks in the UK and are topping up in countries where the fuel is cheaper. They can then blame it on the depot fire and hope that the passengers will understand. Fuel being one of their highest costs on a flight, they stand to save quite a lot of money by fueling overseas.
It seems that they have made a good start on fighting the fire this morning at 8am. The smoke was still drifting over the back of the fields this morning, but whether it is due to the wind or the success of the fire-fighting, it seems to have diminished somewhat in the last 4 hours.
One thing that is piddling me off is the angle the press are taking once again. They seem to be scare mongering yet again and trying to whip people up into a frenzy so that they can maintain their viewing numbers.
Now they are waffling on about “what if it had been a nuclear power station”. Well erm, excuse me for pointing out the obvious, but #1 you wouldn’t build a nuclear power station on an industrial estate in the middle of a populated area. #2, Nuclear power stations don’t happen to go ‘whooooompf’ when it leaks and forms a vapour cloud.
Let us keep it in perspective and treat it as the incident it was. Whether or not it was an accident, eqiupment failure or even terrorism, it has nothing to do with a Nuclear Power station accident.
As hard as it is to believe looking at the devastation caused by the explosions no one was killed it appears. Congratulations to the fire departments for the way they are tackling the blaze. It looks to be very proffessional and competent attack of the fire. So long as no one gets injured in the process, it must be a fire fighters dream to work on a fire like this (providing they get it out in the next few days). It’s only the press that seem to be blowing it up more than the 30million gallons of gas/petrol in the tanks did themselves.
When I got up early this morning I walked out back with my cup of coffee and my ciggerette and wondered why there was a weird cloud forming over the back field. It wasn’t until I went back in and switched on BBC1 to see that there had been an explosion at the Buncefield fuel depot near Hemel Hempstead.
By road its 60miles from my house to the fire, so as the crow files it is probably half of that. By 8.30am it was obvious that the clouds were in fact the smoke from the fire and to the east of us the sky was covered.
I am amazed that there has not been a massive loss of life and so far I have not heard of any fatalities.
Again, the UK News channels are playing it up as a major incident whilst being careful to mention that no terrorist activity has thought to have taken place, they still had to mention it. The coverage on all of the channels has been rather dramatic to say the least. The buggers even delayed MOTD to show coverage of a cloud of smoke rising into the air.
The above were taken from the BBC News Website
BBC News Report – Massive blaze rages at fuel depot