Thursday, August 14, 2014

Mount Polley Disaster...A Non-Club Member Tells It Like It Is.


It comes our way, once again, from Joel Connelly of the Seattle P-I:

....The boosterish “Kootenay Bill” Bennett was of a minimizing mood with the (Vancouver) Sun. He spoke even though between 1.5 and 2 million sockeye salmon are headed up the Fraser River for the Quesnel River-Quesnel Lake region. Islands of debris from the Mount Polley breach are floating in Quesnel Lake.

“Get up in a helicopter and go back and look at the avalanches that happen in this province: There are probably 10,000 to 15,000 avalanches that happen each year,” said Kootenay Bill, whose home riding (district) contains huge coal mines.

“Get up in a helicopter and go and look at what happened last spring with the events in the Rockies with water coming down and doing exactly what happened in Hazeltine Creek.

“The difference is that snow melts (but) you’re left with exactly the same (result) — it looks exactly the same as what happened in Hazeltine Creek.Of course, a snow avalanche does not deposit arsenic, copper, lead, mercury and nickel into a salmon spawning stream...


...(T)he British Columbia government has employed a salt water line of reasoning to an inland lake-and-river spill.

It reported positive results from water samples late Tuesday, and claimed that the contaminated water and sands have been “diluted greatly” by water in Quesnel Lake, the Quesnel River and the Fraser River.

The doctrine — known as “the solution to pollution is dilution” — has long been used to defend the dumping of raw sewage into the Strait of Juan de Fuca by Victoria and its suburbs...

Can it possibly be?

Why yes it is.

The return of.....

Mr. Floaty!


And Mr. Connelly has more on the 'We're Open For Crony Business!' fallout from the tailings pond, disaster going forward.

Specifically, it looks like the good folks of Alaska are not interested in being downstream of any new dirt pile-contained sludge lakes that the Snooklandians are happy to 'lightly' regulate.

Go read his entire piece, here.

There's a proMedia Club in Lotusland and we, the idiot bloggers with no established credibility, are not in it?....Why, of course there is.


1 comment:

RossK said...


Thanks Anon - I'd missed that one.