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Historic new water legislation introduced

Media Release, Government of BC, March 11 2014

VICTORIA - Environment Minister Mary Polak introduced legislation today that will update and replace B.C.'s century-old Water Act with the new Water Sustainability Act.

Click here to read the new Water Sustainability Act

World Water Day - Canadian Rivers

CANADIAN RIVERS, Peter Rowlands, March 22 2013


Historic water levels put pressure on Hydro

By Gordon Hoekstra, Vancouver Sun, July 20, 2012

Heavy rains, higher-than-normal snowpack has increased stress on dams across the province

Melting snow and record rains have forced BC Hydro dam managers into an unprecedented balancing act this summer: spill water to keep dams at safe levels, but not so much that communities are flooded.

East Bay MUD's $32 million upgrade diverts food waste to electricity to power 13,000 homes.

By Mike Taugher, Contra Costa Times, 04/04/2012

With a new jet-engine sized turbine and truckloads of chicken blood, food scraps and other nasty waste, an East Bay wastewater utility has become the first in the country to generate more power than it uses, an industry official said Tuesday.

Slow and easy will win energy race

Ben Parfitt, Vancouver Sun, Feb 14 2012

It is hard not to detect a note of desperation in the provincial government’s recently unveiled natural gas strategy.

Energy and Mines Minister Rich Coleman on Voice of BC

Rich Coleman and Vaughn Palmer, Voice of BC, Oct 27, 2011

Rich Coleman on Voice of BCMinister of Energy, Mines and Housing talks to Vaughn Palmer about an array of interesting topics about electricity, natural gas, shale gas, mining, smart meters, carbon neutrality, deferral accounts, BC's GHG.

Another Major Water Pipeline Approved Without Promised Public Consultation

News Release, MLAs Vicky Huntington & Bob Simpson, October 6th 2011

This week it was revealed that the BC government has approved yet another major water licence, despite an explicit promise to consult with the public before doing so. This second licence will allow upward of 7.3 billion litres of water per year to be removed annually from the Williston Reservoir.

B.C. natural gas activity on upswing as national production projected to fall: report

By BRIAN MORTON, Vancouver Sun, September 21, 2011

Conference Board of Canada calls province’s shale gas outlook ‘decidedly more positive’

Alberta's water not for sale: Renner

By Keith Gerein, Edmonton Journal With Files From Darcy Henton, Calgary Herald, May 12, 2011

Nestle chair's comments raise fears that H2O to become commodity

A controversy over water management has boiled up in Alberta over a media report in which the chairman of a major food company suggested the province is looking at the idea of allowing water to be traded and sold on an exchange like a commodity.

Health Act inquiry into threats posed by sour gas may be step closer

Ben Parfitt, The Tyee, March 30, 2011

A local citizens' initiative aimed at highlighting the health threats posed by sour gas wells in B.C.’s energy-rich Peace River region appears to be gaining momentum, but whether or not it will result in a public inquiry remains to be seen.

Environmental groups raise alarm over scheme to bottle water from more than 40 B.C. streams

Judith Lavoie, Times-Colonist, February 6, 2011

A deluge of connected applications to extract water for bottling — from more than 40 streams around four remote inlets on the B.C. Central Coast — has prompted a flurry of requests for a full provincial environmental assessment.

B.C.’s water to be sold to the highest bidder?

Randy Christensen, Ecojustice, Jan 26, 2011

Province's once-promising water modernization efforts go off-track

Fracture Lines

By Ben Parfitt, September 15, 2010
For the Program on Water Issues
Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto

Will Canada’s Water be Protected in the Rush to Develop Shale Gas?

Oil and Gas Commission gets a failing grade for water regulation

Andrew Gage, West Coast Environmental Law, August 18, 2010

Last week’s events should have sounded some alarm bells for people wondering how the BC government regulates the oil and gas industry in Northeastern BC. 

Drought puts gas industry practices under microscope

SCOTT SIMPSON, Vancouver Sun, July 23, 2010

Some northeast B.C. residents are questioning government policies that allow natural gas exploration companies to pump water out of streams and lakes despite a severe drought.

Coalition takes federal government to court to protect lakes

MEDIA RELEASE, Council of Canadians, June 4, 2010

Ottawa - The Sandy Pond Alliance, a coalition including the Council of Canadians, MiningWatch, the Newfoundland and Labrador Natural History Society, Sierra Club Atlantic, and scientists and activists in Newfoundland, launched a legal challenge against the federal government today for allowing the dumping of mining waste into Canadian lakes and rivers. The announcement was made at press conferences held in St. John’s Newfoundland and Ottawa this morning.

Board rejects proposed mining plans

By Chuck Tobin, Whitehorse Daily Star, May 11, 2010

A sweeping rejection of the application for a water licence for the proposed Carmacks Copper Project has been delivered.

A sweeping rejection of the application for a water licence for the proposed Carmacks Copper Project has been delivered.

Judge rules coal bed methane wastewater ponds unconstitutional

News Release, Northern Plains Resource Council, April 30, 2010

Draining the Athabasca River

by Ricardo Acuña for Vue Weekly,, Monday, February 15, 2010

Alberta's "water management strategy" leaning to even more de-regulation and market-based objectives.

How much is too much? What percentage of a river's natural flow can you remove and still have it be a river?

Hydro-fracturing has a lucrative dirty secret

By Chris Wood, Georgia Straight, January 28, 2010

The B.C. government isn’t asking many questions about a natural-gas-drilling technique involving toxic compounds.

Gwen Johansson lives in what used to be idyllic surroundings a few kilometres west of Fort St. John in B.C.’s northeast. Lately, though, the tranquillity of her home overlooking the placid Peace River has been shattered by an intrusive flow of traffic. Often operating around the clock, heavy-bodied tanker trucks pull off Highway 29 and line up at the riverbank to drop in thick hoses and gun high-volume pumps that suck up thousands of litres of water in just a few minutes. “They’re hauling out of there day and night,” Johansson told the Georgia Straight by phone, “one loading, two more waiting. You can see the amount of water that’s going out.”

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