Category Archives: Sustainability

Cabinet Removes Land from Agriculture for the Site C Dam

By Roy L Hales

In addition to being one of the province’s most promising agricultural areas, the Peace River Valley sits on the Montney shale formation and location of the proposed Site C Dam. A Ministry of Agriculture spokesperson recently informed the ECOreport that the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) makes the decisions regarding land zoned for agricultural use . “The ALC is an administrative tribunal – arm’s length from government – and government does not interfere in that independent decision-making process.” He did not mention the fact two weeks prior to our interview, Cabinet Removed Land from ALC for the Site C Dam.

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What Is California‘s New Normal?

By Roy L Hales, Peter Bettendorff & Robert Lundahl

People tend to think of California’s drought as a local problem, only it happens to provide most of the North America with fruit and vegetables. When you consider that vegetables are mostly composed of water, one has to ask what will happen when it runs out? ECOreport’s Peter Bettendorf recently asked this question at Napa Valley’s Master Gardeners Annual Tomato Sale. There was genuine concern as people tried to cope with the question, What is California’s new normal?

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California’s 9th Circuit Hears Appeal on Ivanpah

By Roy L Hales & Robert Lundahl

In a remote corner of the Mojave Desert, 15 miles from Las Vegas, stands the expansive Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System. Occupying 5 square miles, the facility seems to swallow up a stunning expanse of desert including animals, plants and now, spiritual and cultural resources.

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Is There Hope For California?

By Roy L Hales

California appears to be poised on the verge of the unthinkable. There is very little snow on the Sierra Nevada, which means very little water next Spring. One of the World’s largest estuaries, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, appears to be on the verge of collapse. Watching this disaster evolve, one has to ask is there Hope For California?

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Should California Build 17 Desalination Plants?

By Roy L Hales

Should California build 17 desalination plants? Though they give the state access to far more water than it could ever use, the facilities are both “really expensive” and could increase CO2 emissions.

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