January 25, 2018

Cape Town, South Africa is on the verge of becoming the first major city in the world to literally run out of water. It's called 'Day Zero' and it's now expected to hit the city of about 3.7 million people on April 12 (or even sooner).

About 99 per cent of the Cape Town's drinking water comes from six dam reservoirs that were 90 per cent full four years ago but that have been dropping for a variety of stated reasons including a three-year long drought, rain at about one-third of normal levels, climate change, and a growing metropolitan population.

ITV reports, "Levels of usable water in the dams surrounding Cape Town have been dropping by 1.4 per cent a day, and currently stand at around 17.2 per cent."

Bloomberg notes, "While the city has told residents to use no more than 87 liters of water a day each, less than half of households [about 40 per cent] have complied. The daily allocation will be cut to 50 liters on February 1, and hefty surcharges will be introduced for those who exceed their quotas."

January 24, 2018

Regulatory capture. Oil and gas industry influencing energy policy. Companies using unproven drilling techniques. These sound like things that only happen in places with corrupt governments and no corporate oversight, or maybe the latest Hollywood release, but they’re happening here in Nova Scotia.


January 24, 2018

Chief Ava Hill

Turtle Island News reports that Nestle Waters Canada met with the Six Nations Band Council's Committee of the Whole on Monday (January 22).

Nestle was there to seek the Band Council's support for its application to the provincial government to continue to draw water for its bottled water operations from Six Nations traditional territory.

Anna Milner, who is with the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, says, "In addition to the ministry's duty to consult, the ministry has asked Nestle to engage these communities directly to listen to their concerns and work with them."

Turtle Island News highlights, "During the sometimes testy meet and greet session on Monday, elected Chief Ava Hill bluntly asked Nestle representatives, 'If Six Nations say we don't agree with those permits, will you‎ shut those plants down?'"

January 24, 2018

PHOTO: A pile-driver used to set the foundations of wind turbines into the bedrock

The Chatham Voice reports:

A Chatham couple whose family has been without clean well water since wind turbine construction began more than six months ago is coming forward with test results that show just how contaminated their well is.

RTI Lab testing reveals a 14,000-times increase in Kettle Point Black Shale particles, with the majority of the micro particles under one micron in size. The baseline sample from RTI shows particles of the shale go from 47 particles per millilitre of water to 681,939 counts/mL.”

January 24, 2018

I recently returned from Vancouver where I had the opportunity to visit frontline Kinder Morgan sites and connect with people involved in opposing the 890,000 barrel twinning of the tar sands pipeline.

All eyes on Federal Court of Appeals:

This past October the Federal Court of Appeals heard oral arguments on the 15 consolidated challenges to the federal approval of Kinder Morgan’s pipeline and terminal.