Tag Archives: Water Issues in BC

The Month Long Siege Of Chapman Creek Continues

The ECOreport looks behind the scenes as he month long siege of Chapman Creek continues

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThis isn’t the first time that there has been disputes over logging in the Chapman Creek Watershed. In response to complaints from the Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD), in 2014 the ‘Managed Forest Council hired Madrone Environmental Services to ascertain the cause of “increased turbidity” in the water supply (which services up to 30,000 households). Geoscientist Gordon Butt pointed to logging after the “onset of the fall rains” and concluded, “Although there has been no clear contravention of the regulations, it is clear to me that industry standards for protecting water quality have not been met in CH1. The short-comings are substantially more serious given the fact that this logging has been carried out in a highly sensitive watershed supplying a large population.” 1 When AJB Investments resumed logging operations in late January of this year, Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF) responded with a blockade. The latest attempt at negotiation has just broken down and the month long siege of Chapman Creek continues.
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Clean Drinking Water Is Far From Assured

The ECOreport reposts a report For many remote communities, including First Nations communities, clean drinking water is far from assured.

Originally Published on UBC News

For many remote communities, including First Nations communities, clean drinking water is far from assured. Many do not have proper infrastructure and resouces to treat their water and boil-water advisories are a frequent occurrence, particularly during spring runoffs.

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Does Ernst & Young’s LNG Report Vindicate BC?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1There are credible experts who believe that, with proper regulation and enforcement, it is possible to have a trustworthy fracking industry. They also say this does not yet exist in North America. Personally, I think the industry is out of control and BC’s government is desperate to get in bed with it. Last week the government released a report from Ernst & Young (EY) which the Minister of Natural Gas Development says “British Columbians can have confidence they are benefiting from a clean, well regulated natural gas industry.” Does Ernst & Young’s LNG report vindicate BC?

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Logging Impacts in the Chapman Creek Watershed

The ECOreport radio interview with Hans Penner, of the Elphinstone Logging Focus, about Logging Impacts in the Chapman Creek Watershed

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Broadcast on Cortes Community Radio (CKTZ, 89.5 FM) and  Powell River Community Radio (CJMP, 90.1 FM) .  “Logging Impacts in the Chapman Creek Watershed.”

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Celebrating Water Week in Court

The ECOreport reposts the story of an environmental group celebrating Water Week in court to protect B.C.’s precious freshwater from oil and gas companies

Press Release from the Sierra Club BC  

The week of March 17 is World Water Week and we’re headed to court on to protect B.C.’s precious freshwater from oil and gas companies that seem bent on sucking our lakes and rivers dry.
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