We now live in a post 9/11 America. Since the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001, American life has changed. The inevitability of further acts of terrorism has become apparent – the Boston Marathon Bombings being a case-in-point. The above article exemplifies a vulnerable angle for the commission of an act of terrorism within the borders of the United States of America, albeit preventable in pursuance of thorough forethought and proper planning. According to Californian Fire Statistics, 27% of the wildfires throughout the state, during the year of 2012, were caused by undetermined origin (Fire, fire.ca.gov). At face value, wildfires of undeterminable origin might be construed as arbitrary to the layman, as well as to the specialist and expert on the matter. However, a compendium of statistical information of the sort shows that a gubernatorial department of the executive is woefully unaware of how 27% of its state’s wildfires are originated. A Californian inferno is imminent indeed. The Californian terrain is parched. Lake Meade has been practically dried up by a naturally occurring, albeit rare, drought of unprecedented proportions. “Lake Mead stores Colorado River water for delivery to farms, homes, and businesses in southern Nevada, Arizona, southern California, and northern Mexico . . . In an average year, the amount of water flowing out of Lake Mead exceeds the amount of water flowing into Lake Mead” (Lake Mead, nps.gov). A wildfire attack, dependent upon an unfavorable time of year, ambient temperature, wind speed, and wind direction could potentially be cataclysmic; if positioned and equipped with the necessary fire accelerants, opportunists with terroristic intent might ignite the fires in San Bernardino County, Riverside County, and Kern County. The month of October marks the beginning of the Santa Ana season. According to the National Weather Service, The Santa Ana is, “Strong down slope winds that blow through the mountain passes in southern California. These winds, which can easily exceed 40 mph, are warm and dry and can severely exacerbate brush or forest fires, especially under drought conditions” (NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards).
The legislative steps set forth for the local and state government’s emergency response plan are tedious and are littered with legislative red tape. This can potentially waste precious time of potential rescuers, who could otherwise quench the wildfires effectively with efficacy.
Title 30 CFR 250.1503 does not stipulate how the OCS facilities should design, maintain, and test those safety systems. Section 250 of the Code incorporates by reference within the context of the American Petroleum Institute Recommended Practice 14C. Incorporation by reference is a designation of specific documents or a section of a document within the CFR which is incorporated so as to ensure for the treatment of the designated material therein to be implicitly statutory, albeit its effect and force is that of an explicit lawful requirement; the practice designated therein is no longer merely a recommendation. It’s lawfully binding and thereby enforceable. Indeed, if what’s good for the goose is good for the gander – the oil and gas operations of the OCS is to the goose what the Homeland is to the gander – what’s good for OCS might, likewise, be instrumental towards the security of the American Homeland. If safety devices are required within the Outer Continental Shelf to detect abnormal conditions within a corporate environment, safety devices of similar design and purpose should be designated for the detection of abnormal conditions for the protection of United States citizens within their residential and familial environment(s). If the EPA exists for the protection of the environment, perhaps a new definition for what the EPA defines, as ‘environment’ should be implemented. Fusible elements (TSE’s) are metallic plugs that melt at a designed temperature. Detection of fires by the utilization of pneumatic energy is performed most expeditiously by the placement of seamless 316 stainless steel tubing as a medium for a signal. The tubing shall be three-eighth’s of an inch in outside diameter and 0.049 of an inch in wall thickness. The tubing is branched off and dead-ended with these fusible elements. In conjunction with this common circuit of fusible plugs and tubing is a series of automatically actuated (normally closed for the most part) three way B-valves.
Nitrogen pressure from 60 cubic foot capacity nitrogen bottles will supply the system with its signal pressure. Nitrogen is a nontoxic, odorless, colorless, nonflammable compressed gas stored in cylinders at high pressure. In accordance with Part 5 of the United States Code § 552(a) and Part 1 of the Code of Regulations § 51, “. . . Nitrogen is not listed as a carcinogen or potential carcinogen by NTP, IARC, or OSHA . . . Nitrogen is nonflammable and does not support combustion . . . Nitrogen is not listed as a marine pollutant by DOT (49 CFR 171) . . . Nitrogen will supply three pneumatic pilot valves. The pilot valves will be capable of being actuated by automated remote switch.
Each of the fusible elements is designed to serve as a sort of obstruction at the open end of pneumatically charged tubing. When ambient temperature in excess of 160 degrees Fahrenheit is detected by the element, it melts, thereby allowing the open-ended tubing to expunge its retained internal pressure. This system is capable of providing a remote signal to the proper authorities within a ten-mile radius of each individual control system’s location. Each individual control system will be independent from the rest of the system as a whole inasmuch as each individual system will be codified with its own unique signal frequency, in correlation with its geographical coordinates. These control systems should be strategically placed in areas of critical prioritization for the primary purpose of planning for a most expedient response and extinguishment of Californian wildfires.
The melting of these individually placed fusible elements will immediately expunge the fifty-pound per square inch signal lines and the actuators will cause the series of automated controls to revert to the system’s original state. A 9-volt battery as an (DC) electronic power source will supply sufficient energy to each transmitter. Each transmitter is comprised of a non-guided electromagnetic radiation laser output, a laser-to-voltage converter, and a pressure recorder. These transmitters will transmit an electromagnetic signal for the real-time existence of an open flame to the designated authorities. Furthermore, a pressure indicator, which transmits by way of a non-guided electromagnetic radiation laser output, will allow for televised real-time viewing of each control system’s pressure gage within a ten mile radius from said pressure indicator.
Each individual control system, having been installed and activated 200 yards from one another along the foothills along the San Bernardino, San Emigdio, San Jacinto mountain ranges from the coordinates of 34 degrees, 5’ 55. 0428” North and -116 degrees, 49’ 24. 5928 West, running Northward along the foothills toward Kern County and Los Padres National Forest will serve as protective barriers. The immediate notification of local law enforcement agencies and firefighters is paramount to the design of the aforementioned control system. I have drawn this system myself, and it will assist in the prevention of wildfire spread if my voice is heard by someone who can make it happen. I am an altruist, not a capitalist; Caveat Vendor.