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Blues and Dreams
Bright Terrible Spirit
This time it is TransAlta Corporation’s Akolkolex (pronounced: Ah ko ko’ lex) power project near Revelstoke. The Akolkolex River is a fish sensitive habitat with at least three different types of trout.
This raises two serious concerns. First, there is growing evidence of widespread problems throughout the private hydro-power industry especially around environmental and fishery regulations. And secondly there is a lack of enforcement by the government regulators both at the BC Ministry of Natural Resource Operations and the BC Ministry Environment, and at the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans.
It is not just folks like you and me who are concerned with the government’s foot dragging in these cases; the FOI documents reveal that their own staff wants them to take decisive action.
In the case of the Akolkolex power project, located in the Kootenays 25 kilometres southeast of Revelstoke, staff referred the infractions to Land Water BC with recommendation for charges and wrote, “I firmly believe charges under section 93 (2) (l) &/or (r) of the Water Act are warranted in this case and I would be happy to assist your branch in any way I can towards that objective.” There is no indication charges were ever filed.
The FOI documents from the Ashlu project near Squamish show the
growing level of frustration with the government’s failure to act. In
this case staff wrote things like “lotsa dead fish from yesterday’s
Ashlu episode . . . will be interesting to see DFO’s response” and
later “Is DFO pursuing an investigation into this event? . . .
For our efforts to be worthwhile, these type of incidents need to be
dealt with swiftly and with force.”
We could not agree more and we believe British Columbians have a right to know why laws to protect our fish and rivers are not being enforced on this industry.
is why we are asking you to go to our website and write a letter to
the BC Minister of Natural Resource Operations and the BC Minister of
the Environment and the federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and
demand full enforcement of the law on existing projects and a
moratorium on any future river diversion developments.
Thank you for standing up for our wild rivers!
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