Company unable to answer questions about how much water it would take to wash metallurgical coal, or where the company plans to get the water.
About 140 bird species have been recorded at Fanny Bay. The tidal areas are visited by many waterfowl, shorebird species, bald eagles and osprey. Spring herring spawns attract sea lions to Fanny Bay on Vancouver Island. California and Steller’s sea lions come to the area around Boyle Point to feed on huge schools of herring found in Baynes Sound during the winter. The Steller sea lion has attracted considerable attention in recent decades due to significant, unexplained declines in their numbers over a large portion of their range. Steller sea lions are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. The mine would increase not only future GHG emissions by unsequestering 44 million tons of carbon over its projected operation, but if allowed, would have a massive and deleterious impact on the biodiversity and watertable of the entire region.
British Columbia Environmental Network Proposed Resolution
“WHEREAS extensive environmental and health damages are being caused to the Residents of Peace River Area, their animals, their water and their livelihoods by sour gas wells, pipeline malfunctions, and leaks due to the sour gas industry,
“WHEREAS extensive environmental and health damages are caused by horizontal drilling and high pressure hydrofracturing gas extraction techniques due to the contamination of water, soil and air by the toxic chemicals used in drilling and fracturing, and the naturally occurring toxic chemicals brought to the surface from deep in the ground,
“WHEREAS these environmental and human and animal health damages will have damaging economic consequences on agricultural and residential property use and value, and on farming, tourism, forestry, schools and ecological and recreational businesses,
“WHEREAS the infrastructure costs of building and repairing roads, water treatment facilities, and other public services would far exceed any economic benefit to local communities, and
“WHEREAS it is yet to be proven that the green house effects of the production and use of natural gas produced by horizontal drilling and hydrofracturing are any less than those of the production and use of coal when the life cycle emissions of natural gas production and the higher impact of methane as a green house gas are taken into account.
“Be It Resolved that the British Columbia Environmental Network calls on the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia to enact a ban on permitting sour gas wells on Peace River Farmland and on unconventional gas extraction that uses horizontal drilling and hydro-fracturing to explore, mine, or extract gas in the Province of British Columbia.”
Will Koops Hydrofrack
Friends of the Chilliwack River Valley are calling on all levels of government to boycott Conflict Gravel operations across BC. According to the Minister of State Randy Hawes, 70% of the gravel produced in BC is purchased by governments. We’re asking that these elected officials stop the purchase of gravel from pits located in communities where local residents are opposed to these operations. We’re asking that elected officials listen to their constituents and vote with their dollars.
Friends of the Chilliwack River Valley are asking communities from Texada Island to Revelstoke to demand that their MLA’s, municipality and regional representatives put an end to Conflict Gravel as a first step to resolving Conflict Mining across BC.
Proposed community initiated amendments to the BC Mines Act. This Act dates back to 1858. and is the cause of conflict throughout the province. The community proposed amendments will remove gravel from the special provisions for minerals and treat gravel more like forestry than diamonds.
Gravel mining should respect FRPA provisions for Old Growth Management Areas and Species At Risk WHA’s. This is the first crack in the old Act that we hope to continue to promote an end to Conflict Mining in BC. In conjunction with a new Mines Act BC needs to join 8 other provinces and pass a Species At Risk Act.
The draft amendments are called the Aggregate Supply Plan ASP. and are meant to counter the provinces proposed new gravel mining rules called the Aggregate Pilot Project. APP. Almost unbelievably the BC Liberals APP proposal has GREEN ZONES that will allow for open pit gravel mines that do not even require a permit.
By supporting the community initiated ASP we can stop the APP which we hope will be the last Natural Resource Extraction proposal that has does not have an environmental clause. APP provides no environmental protection.
Check out: BC Conflict Gravel Update
Read: ‘Positive alternative’ to regional gravel plan
On Novermber 24th Burns Bog launched a lawsuit about the South Fraser Perimeter Road. This road, if built as planned, would go through two wetlands (Burns Bog and Surrey Bend Park), at least three known archaeology sites (Glenrose, St. Mungo’s and Nottingham Farm), and would cross over 100 streams and creeks.
The South Fraser Perimeter Road has been controversial from the get- go, with many people saying it is not needed. Hundreds of homes in Delta and Surrey have already been demolished for this project, let’s hope this lawsuit stops the freeway before any more damage can happen.
Nanoose Bay “The unthinkable has happened,” said Annette Tanner, Wilderness Committee spokesperson. “By signing off the cutting permit for the endangered forest, one bureaucratic error is now being buried by a second bureaucratic error, that could see the end of one of the last stands of public Coastal Douglas-fir forests in the province.”
“The Ministry of Environment failed to identify this forest as a Coastal Douglas-fir forest (CDFmm) which meant that instead of being included in the Provincial Government’s recent Land Use Order to protect the remaining CDFmm forests on public land, as these forests are in high risk of extinction, the decision for the future of this forest was shuffled off to the Ministry of Forest for logging,” said Tanner.
“We are also alarmed that the approval for logging was granted before the Forest Practice Board’s investigation into three complaints launched by the public that address sustainability issues for that forest,” said Tanner.
DL 33 lies within the boundaries of the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere reserve. ( www. mabr.ca ) The connection with the biosphere is significant. The UNESCO designated Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Reserve is one of 15 in Canada and over 500 world wide. The mandate is to be a model of sustainability with an emphasis on the protection of biological diversity. This brings the Federal Government into the picture as they are signatories to the Convention on Biological Diversity. British Columbia also signed on as a province. The province will respond that they set aside 1600 hectares but research has revealed this to be a scam with very little in the way of older forests with the potential to regenerate or protect ecological values any time soon.
The biologist reviewing the cutting plans for the RPF suggested that the block shouldn’t be cut. A biologist for the ministry of forests suggested that the block shouldn’t be cut. The Forest Practices board has problems with it being cut. The Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities passed an emergency resolution asking that DL33 be spared. The Regional District of Nanaimo passed a unanimous resolution to protect DL33. The Town of Qualicum and City of Parksville, are opposed. Scott Fraser the MLA has raised DL33 in the BC legislature. This is public land and it is a total affront and a devious ploy to be making the First Nations the fall guys (faller guys) for destroying their cultural heritage.
With files from Phil Carson and Annette Tanner. For information: 250 752-6585 or cell 240-7470.
For background, go to http://www.nanoosebayforest.com
Dangerous to human health by transmission
January 20, 2010 – Though the scientists thought pathogens were a big negative factor, more science is needed to absolutely nail these down. But it seems to be — wait for it — fish farm issues, say, sea lice, and viruses. Environmentalist Alexandra Morton has asked the commission to compel the farms to release data that they have been withholding. It is the virus situation that is the nightmare scenario: farmed Chinook salmon likely passed a salmon leukemia retrovirus to the farmed Atlantics and they infected the returning sockeye adults. This is DFO research from Dr. Kristina Miller. The sockeye managed the long swim upstream only to die prior to spawning.
Another scientist, Michael Kent, studying viral transmission, reviewed work that has shown this fast mutating bug can infect dogs, sheep and humans. This is the nightmare. Make sure you cook your Fraser sockeye well, and send a letter to Gail Shea saying: fund more of Miller’s research, toute de suite.
This is a fascinating, heavy crunching science report. If you read only one table in your investigation of this issue, let it be E-2. This table summarizes all the research for or against a possible explanation and will inform your understanding of salmon science for the rest of your fishing days: Read more
An agriculture based fundraiser took place in the Peace River valley last summer along Highway 29 at Bear Flat. All proceeds from a 20 acre oat crop were donated to Peace Valley Environment Association to help in the fight to stop the proposed Site C Dam. All equipment use, input cost and land rent were donated by Ken and Arlene Boon, Nick Parsons and Ardill Ranch. Numerous people also donated funds to PVEA to support preserving local agriculture.
A total of $4,285.00 was raised, not bad considering the drought conditions. A similar project is planned for this coming season.
Photo of Nick Parsons combining. Due to large numbers of grasshoppers, the makeshift contraption on front of combine pick up is to encourage them to jump out of the way and not end up in the hopper.
The unique agricultural lands of the Peace River Valley have an enormous potential to increase BC’s food self-reliance… at least 42 vegetables can be commercially grown in the valley.
Although a recent survey indicates that 91% of British Columbians feel it is important for BC to “produce enough food so [it doesn’t] have to depend on imports from other places”, BC continues to rely on imports for approximately 50% of its food supply.
The Peace River Valley contains a substantial amount of exceptional agricultural land, especially on its lower terraces. Approximately 10% of the valley is classified as premium Class 1 agricultural land, accounting for the vast majority of Class 1 land in Northern BC. Approximately 50% of the valley is classified as Class 2 land. Much of this Class 2 land would have agricultural capabilities equivalent to Class 1 land if irrigated.
The Peace River Valley’s climate is among the best in Canada for agriculture. Less than 1% of Canada’s total land base has the Class 1 climate of the Peace River Valley. The valley contains the only Class 1 climate in Northern BC.
Approximately 5340 ha of the Peace River Valley’s land would be flooded by Site C’s reservoir, over 1000 ha of additional land would be impacted by the project’s construction site and transmission line, and additional lands would be marginalized due to sloughing. At least 60% of the land which would be flooded by Site C’s reservoir has an agricultural capability class rating of 1 and 2; and at least 74% has a rating of 1 to 3.
“BC Hydro has suppressed our top-notch agricultural resources in Northeastern BC by buying up land reserve and consequently killing off the market gardens that used to flourish in the valley,” says Project Manager and Professional Biologist Brian Churchill. “The flooding from Site C would take these amazing fields off the map and put them under water. However, if Site C is stopped, once and for all, farmers could reinvest in vegetable crops, and BC residents would have a reliable local food source that actually grows with climate change.”
It’s official – The Japanese whaling fleet has called it quits in the Southern Ocean. At least for this season. If they return next season the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society will be ready to resume our efforts to obstruct and disable Japanese whaling operations.
“The Nisshin Maru made a significant course change immediately after the Japanese government made it official that the whaling fleet has been recalled.” Said Captain Alex Cornelissen from the Bob Barker. “She looks like she’s going home!”
Australia Conservationists and the Australian government say they are not satisfied with Japan’s suspension of whaling in Antarctic waters and vow to continue their separate campaigns to force a permanent end to the hunt.
“Major cracks are now forming on Japan’s Policy to Slaughter Whales in the Antarctic. I think we are now witnessing the end of whaling in the southern hemisphere. Lets hope!”–Greenpeace Founder, Rod Marining
Australian Environment Minister Tony Burke said Thursday that the country would continue to pursue its case in the International Court of Justice to have whaling banned.
“This is a great victory for the whales,” said Captain Paul Watson, “but we did not do this alone. Without the support of the people of Australia and New Zealand we would not have been able to send voyages out for seven seasons from Australian and New Zealand ports. We are grateful to Senator Bob Brown and the Australian Green Party. We are very grateful to Bob Barker for giving us the ship that turned the tide in our efforts to force the Japanese fleet from these waters. We are grateful to all our shore volunteers and our supporting members. We are grateful to the Chilean Navy and the government of France for their support. It is a very happy day for people everywhere who love whales and our oceans.”
The provincial government is “modernizing” our Water Act, calling the new act the Water Sustainability Act (WSA). A round of public consultation was held last spring when the government received over 900 submissions. Based on those submissions they have developed a brief policy document which you can download here.
The second round of public consultation has just been extended to March 14. There are many insightful comments on the blog site that will assist you in understanding public concerns regarding the purposed policy. You can read others’ comments and post your own on the living water smart blog, http://blog.gov.bc.ca/livingwatersmart/
Comments are also accepted by fax to 250 356-1202, by phone at 250 387-4734 and by mail addressed to:
Water Act Modernization, Ministry of Environment, Water Protection and Sustainability Branch, PO Box 9362, Stn Prov Govt, Victoria, BC V8W 9M2
Don’t hesitate to comment on the blog with your concerns. One or two lines is fine. It is imperative that the government is aware of how many citizens and groups are interested in the true protection of our water in BC. Commenting will also put your name on the government’s email list for further developments in this process.
Read more: Water Sustainability
ACTION ALERT: Send Harper a message about proposed budget cuts to Environment Canada. News agencies are reporting that the Harper government is planning a $222-million or 20% reduction in spending at Environment Canada.
This includes a $141 million cut to climate change and clean air initiatives, as well as a $19.5-million cut to a federal action plan dealing with contaminated federal sites, and about $3-million in reductions for compliance promotion and enforcement for wildlife and pollution.
Meanwhile, in 2010 to 2011, Environment Canada’s program activities amount to just over one billion dollars while National Defence spending is over twenty billion. This is further evidence that the Harper government is out of step with the views of Canadians.
According to recent Environics poll, seventy-one percent of Canadians strongly or somewhat agreed with the statement, “money spent on wars and the military would all be better spent on efforts that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the impacts of climate change.”
Price tag for F-35 Fighter Jets will approach $30-billion, budget watchdog warns.
Liberal defence critic Dominic LeBlanc said. “To put this in perspective, $30-billion is equivalent to $1,000 for every man, woman and child in Canada, and equals the entire federal government’s annual spending on health care.”