Monday, July 14, 2014

This Day In Snookland...The Privilege Of The Sparkle Ponies.


Rio Tinto Alcan is increasing its smelting capacity in Kitimat.

And in doing so it will be reducing the production of some pollutants.

Which is a good thing.

But it is also going to be producing more sulphur dioxide, which it is choosing not to scrub out of it's emissions because, according to Wendy Stueck's piece in The Globe:

...The company also says its research found increased sulphur dioxide emissions would have minor potential impacts on soils, water, vegetation and human health and that any such impacts would be “manageable.”

On the health front, “studies show [sulphur dioxide] from Kitimat Modernization Project will not cause respiratory diseases in healthy people, but there may be a less than one per cent increase in restricted airway events for those with existing conditions such as asthma or COPD,” a company brochure states...


I, for one, am sure glad to learn that Rio Tinto has decided that the increased sulphur dioxide thrown up in the air will not cause respiratory diseases in 'healthy' people.

Regardless, that is the company's position.

So what does a (presumably) impartial study called the 'Kitimat Airshed Report',  generated by the province (and paid for by you and me), say about all this?

Well, local residents have been trying to find out.

But the Snooklandians are not releasing the report in a timely fashion so that it can be part of an Environmental Appeal Board process that is going on right now.



...The province says it received a draft of the Kitimat Airshed Report in March and that it is “now part of discussions around cleanest LNG requirements” and will be released later this year. For now, however, the government says the report is being discussed by cabinet and subject to Crown privilege...

In other words, the Snooklandians at the highest level know what is in the report.

And they are not saying a thing.

The Sparkle Ponies strike back!


And remember, all those claims of super-clean LNG 'production' by the Snooklandian leader willfully ignore how the gas is actually being produced.....Gosh...Sounds like something a 'communications' company might come up with...



e.a.f. said...

holy rio tainted air, what about us not so healthy aging baby boomers what about those little kids with asthma? Guess we don't count. Ah, well let the lawsuits begin, class action would be nice.

rio taino maybe able to live with it but many of us can't and won't. so nice to know christy and her cabal are looking after our interests, oh, right, just rio tianto.

sort of like only those in less than great health won't be affected by food poisoning.

RossK said...



And besides if they're not private school kids, who cares!