Ben Parfitt and The Tyee make an important contribution, Our Water Secretly Sucked Away by Shale Gas Industry, showing how the BC Liberal government operates in secret to serve the oil and gas industry. They are ignoring safety and environmental issues and ignoring court mandated responsibility to consult fully with affected First Nations. Additionally, they are giving vast quantities of fresh water to industry without receiving compensation for its great economic value. This is a hidden subsidy to mostly foreign owned companies that export profits almost free of income taxes.
“. . . important decisions on water allocations are being made without the public even being told that applications have been filed, let alone being provided an opportunity to review and comment on the proposals.
“Of greater concern, the paucity of data plays out against a backdrop of increasing environmental, public health and safety problems associated with fracking operations in the United States and Canada, including here in B.C. Problems . . . [have been] traced to discharges of highly toxic fracking wastewater into rivers and streams.
“. . . In some cases, the time between when a company applied for large volumes of water and the OGC approved such applications was just 24 hours. Individual First Nations only found out that such was the case months later, and only then after filing information requests with the commission.”
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