Oil companies have long passed up the lower, unpotable aquifer as being too expensive. It lays generally at the 4000 foot level.
The bottled water companies are selling bottled water which is and has been legal. What is not legal is the export of bulk water. Bulk water is quantities equal to or greater than 1 cubic meter. Yet, tanker trucks of water are still going across the border one what kind of permit, I don't know.
Coca Cola owns most of the aquifer water in Calgary. Calgary city owns only surface water supplied by glacial flow. Soon enough Calgary will be buying their water off Coke. All this thanks to Ralph Klein.
The water allowances given to oil companies are many times greater than their needs. This, is extra is what they will be selling to the communities to drive up the water prices and pocket change for the insiders.
The fresh water that goes down hole never, ever is used again.
The Weatherford project is a fully engineered water movement from the Peace River. It was done by the Conservatives in the 80s and is very valid and ready to go today if need be. This ties in with the meeting with BC and the subsequent announcement of a new dam on the Peace River.
Letter sent to the Minister November 10-2003.
The Honorable Dr. Lorne Taylor,
Minister of Environment,
Government of Alberta.
Your recent comments quoted in the ‘Journal indicate you are about to move people to the water, rather than water to the people.
I have cause to wonder if this is just “chewing gum for the mind”!
The Alberta Government is presently involved in moving potable water from the St. Mary’s irrigation system in southern Alberta by pipe line into Montana. This, going against the wishes of local ranchers and stakeholders! The water is being used for water in a recreation area in Montana as well as for drinking.
What is the name of the Minister who put this project into place?
Who paid for the materials in the pipeline?
What is the diameter of the line?
Where are the lift stations and who pays for them?
What is the annual quantity of water exported from this drought area?
Why is this not considered illegal?
Does the Alberta Government bill for the charges directly or has this been turned over to a private company to operate at their convenience? If so, what is the name and address of this company?
In the ‘80s the Alberta Government commissioned a study by Weatherford on moving water from the Peace River into Southern Alberta, using it to irrigate the pipeline corridor and export huge amounts into the American northern states.
This plan calls for an immense pipe line capable of moving two-thirds of the Peace River Flow through the pipe along with the assurances it will not harm the wild life. This same plan calls for 8 lift stations to move the water; each of them using the electrical power of a small city.
Further, this plan was approved, only shelved, until the weather gets dry enough and the public can see the light. It is my understanding this project has been given recent notice and review. How far along is this plan?
Lastly the CBC documentary we corresponded about. Your Senior Hydrologist confirmed there would be no saline discharges at the “pristine” Alberta location shown in that documentary so it would be impossible to get the Montana situation at that site. It ignores the fact that Montana situations exist in other parts of Alberta and BC. The CBC documentary was grossly misleading to say the least and, I know they are capable of better. So, the question comes. Did the Alberta Government subsidize or otherwise pay the CBC to produce that program?