Unauthorized Fracking Dam Problem Growing, Ben Parfitt, The Tyee, March 29, 2018:
The number of unlicensed and potentially dangerous dams built in recent years in northeast British Columbia is nearly double what has been reported, according to one of the province’s top water officials.At least 92 unauthorized dams have been built in the region where natural gas industry fracking operations consume more water than just about anywhere on Earth.
That’s far more than the 51 dams previously identified…
..(.the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development – quietly posted a consultant’s report on its website early in the new year.
The report, posted without an accompanying press release, called some of the unauthorized dams potential “time bombs”…
Additionally, the report identified 268 “large” or “very large” artificial water bodies that could be dam reservoirs…
Nearly one third of the dams first identified as unauthorized were later found to have structural problems that posed serious enough risks to human health and safety and the environment that the companies were ordered to take corrective actions. Among the most significant design flaws were dams built without spillways, which are essential to divert water safely away from dam reservoirs in the event that they overfill. Without spillways, dams are at heightened risk of catastrophic failures.
…The lack of fines for building a dam without the required pre-approvals does not surprise Arthur Hadland, a longtime area resident, farmer and former elected director for the Peace River Regional District.
“It’s the Wild West up here,” says Hadland, who while a regional district director between 2008 and 2014 represented about 7,000 rural residents living in the outlying region around Fort St. John.
“There’s no sense of stewardship anymore,” Hadland laments. “We’ve lost that.”
The Evidence Adds Up: Site C Is Still a Train Wreck, Andrew Nikiforuk, The Tyee, March 30, 2018:
…Now I can understand why construction unions love mega-projects because theymostly go over budget and over schedule and rarely deliver their promised benefits.
Even Oxford business professors now describe megaprojects as dubious gravy trains for a select few.
Once upon a time unions just didn’t think about jobs for their members but considered the broader public interest, the health of our democracy and the integrity of Crown agencies designed to serve the public…
The best political evidence suggests that the government is not building Site C to power 450,000 homes but instead wants to provide “clean” energy for oil and gas companies so they frack shale rock and pretend that the export of liquefied natural gas is somehow “clean.”
Until I find evidence to the contrary, I shall continue to report on Site C as a slow-moving fiscal and moral train wreck for the province and the country.