IS FRACKING THE ROOT CAUSE OF HUDSON'S HOPE WATER WOES?
On September 10, the District of Hudsonís Hope, in northeast BC issued a water quality advisory.
Residents were warned not to drink or use water from Lynx and Brenot Creeks.
The district advised against using it for ďdrinking water, livestock watering, and irrigation, due to the presence of heavy metals at concentrations above the Canadian Water Quality Guidelines.Ē
ďBoiling water will not make the water potable,Ē the district warns. At this time we cannot comment on the water quality of water wells that are within the proximity of the contaminated site."
The contaminants discovered include: aluminum, arsenic, barium, cadmium, chromium, iron, lead, manganese, and uranium. The source of the contamination Ė and whether it is related to local shale gas activity Ė has yet to be determined as the result of tests were only received on Tuesday.
There has been growing concern and considerable grumbling from landowners in the Hudson's Hope area since fracking projects have overtaken the land, following the discovery of some of the largest unconventional gas reservoirs in North America.
Whether fracking is the cause of many of the area wells sanding up is not verified, but the mayor of Hudson's Height is hoping that an independent study of water wells being completed by GW Solutions will allow for baseline data on groundwater to be established and answers to be found.
About half of the population of Hudsonís Hope, in rural areas, are on water wells and many have already had problems. Some have been able to solve the issues with new filters, others have pulled them out and resorted to water hauling.
To compound the issue, the area has had one of the driest summers in half a century, triggering massive forest fires on Mount McAllister and forcing the evacuation of the entire town of Hudsonís Hope in July.
Last week's do not crink advisory was issued after a landowner whose dugout had dried out wanted to water his livestock in Brenot Creek until he noticed a cloudy substance on the surface of the water and decided to have it tested before allowing his herds to drink..../more
CORRUPTION, WATER, AND YOU
The city of Montreal is the place to go for the best
suits in the country. F1 racing
is the height of glamorous people watching, and the only water usually discussed is the glass on your table on Crescent street, if at all. Not so this year. The Charbonneau commission struck by Jean Charest to look into the systemic corruption in Quebec's highly political construction industry currently underway, defies belief.
In the past hearings we have heard from city officials who admit taking envelopes of cash, engineering firms that happily stuff them with that cash, mobsters on tape
(Rizzuto Sr stuffing cash in his socks was pretty out there) and almost daily raids on different corporate offices, political parties offices and construction companies in the hunt for more and more evidence of widespread corruption. Add to that, mayors and councilors
getting arrested, (in the middle of Montreal's biggest boil water advisory no less), and most publishers would be rubbing their hands with glee at the headlines..../more
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