Business News Americas reports, "Chile's sanitation services regulator SISS is bringing sanctions against water utility Aguas del Valle for a norovirus outbreak that occurred in Coquimbo region's city of Ovalle during the first week of September, according to a SISS press release. Samples of the plant's potable water failed to show signs of the norovirus, but the Limarí River held the same bacteria that were found in more than 3,000 people who suffered infection. SISS is sanctioning Aguas del Valle for failing to purify discharges into the river on September 3 and 10. The regulator says that the outbreak could have been avoided if the water utility would have sufficiently tested the water."
What could the Energy East pipeline mean in terms of tanker traffic in the Bay of Fundy?
We know that at least part of the plan for the 1.1 million barrels per day pipeline is export. The Canadian Press has reported Saint John mayor Mel Norton saying, "They'll never build a ship too big to bring it up the Bay of Fundy. You'll never build enough capacity to bring to New Brunswick that we can't fill those ships and take it out to world markets." And TransCanada, the company behind this pipeline, has stated, "If we're going to be an oil-exporting nation, we're going to have to get oil exported on the water."
The following op-ed was published by Huffington Post Canada on December 11, 2013.
In September 2013, the oil and gas company Lone Pine Resources announced it was suing Canada for $250 million in damages under investment rules in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The target of the lawsuit was a partial moratorium on shale gas development (fracking) in the province of Quebec.
Doug Eyford, the Harper-appointed Special Federal Representative on West Coast Energy Infrastructure to British Columbia and Alberta First Nations, was expected to host a meeting at the Best Western Dorchester Hotel in Nanaimo yesterday to review recommendations from his report, 'Forging Partnerships Building Relationships: Aboriginal Canadians and Energy Development'.
The Mid Island chapter of the Council of Canadians reports, "Here are some pictures from (yesterday) morning and afternoon. There was lots of good support from passersby and the bureaucrats inside were very aware of our presence (thanks to the megaphone!). Eyford didn't attend... Thank you to everyone who took time from their day to come out and make their voices heard - No Means No - No Pipelines No Tankers!"
Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow has commented, "The Energy East pipeline would pose serious threats to local water supplies and communities along its route." Stories of those concerns are now starting to emerge from a number of those communities:
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The Financial Post reported, "With the project gearing up to deliver up to 1.1 million barrels per day to refineries and export terminals in Quebec in late 2017 and New Brunswick in 2018, Alberta and Saskatchewan would get a new home for their growing production." Here, it's good to remember that at least two First Nations - the Beaver Lake Cree Nation and the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation - are pursuing legal challenges given tar sands production destroys their watersheds and violates their sovereign rights.