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Industry | Citizens unite against rail tie burning pollution in Williams Lake

Industry | Citizens unite against rail tie burning pollution in Williams Lake

Submitted by citizens’ group, Rail Ties Be Wise – Anyone who lived in Williams Lake before 1993 can remember finding their car covered in fly ash from the beehive burners that used to dispose of wood waste from the local sawmills. Air quality has improved considerably since the power plant currently owned by Atlantic Power […]

INDUSTRY | Opinion: A Follow Up to Rail Tie Burning Concerns in Williams Lake

INDUSTRY | Opinion: A Follow Up to Rail Tie Burning Concerns in Williams Lake

  By Sage Birchwater –   It’s been a year now since Atlantic Power Corporation (APC) unveiled its plan to ask the Ministry of Environment for permission to burn millions of railway ties as feedstock for its Williams Lake biomass-fuelled energy plant.   Provincial environmental regulators haven’t given their answer yet, but many people in […]

INDUSTRY | Opinion: Atlantic Power – Burning questions about railway ties

INDUSTRY | Opinion: Atlantic Power – Burning questions about railway ties

  By Sage Birchwater  – Controversy is brewing over Atlantic Power Corporation’s bid to increase the volume of creosote-laden railway ties it is allowed to burn in its biomass-fired energy plant in Williams Lake. When the facility began operating in 1993 it signed a 25-year energy purchase agreement (EPA) with BC Hydro to provide 66 […]

INDUSTRY | Beautiful Destruction

INDUSTRY | Beautiful Destruction

By Brandon Hoffman — Working at the Arts Centre a couple weeks ago, I was visited by Louis Helbig, Kristin Reimer, and their son Oscar. They were looking for a venue on extremely short notice to host a discussion about Louis’ new book Beautiful Destruction. I thought the title seemed familiar and, after hearing their description […]

INDUSTRY | Atlantic Power Seeks 10-Year Contract Extension with BC Hydro

INDUSTRY | Atlantic Power Seeks 10-Year Contract Extension with BC Hydro

By Sage Birchwater — Atlantic Power Corporation, owner of the biomass-fuelled electricity generation plant in Williams Lake, wants to burn old railway ties to fuel its 66-megawatt facility. The plant, which can burn up to 600,000 tons of wood fibre per year, has been in operation since 1993 on the strength of a 25-year energy […]

INDUSTRY | Water – The Heart of the Problem at Mount Polley Mine

INDUSTRY | Water – The Heart of the Problem at Mount Polley Mine

By Sage Birchwater —   The Mount Polley Mine breach that sent 25 million tons of mine waste down nine kilometres of Hazeltine Creek and into Quesnel Lake last August 4, has garnered international attention. On May 6,a 10-person delegation from Alaska, including Aboriginal leaders, non-governmental organization reps, and the State’s Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott, […]

INDUSTRY | Roundup: To spray or not to spray?

INDUSTRY | Roundup: To spray or not to spray?

By Troy Forcier — Health Canada states on its website, “the herbicide glyphosate and products containing glyphosate (e.g., Roundup) are registered pesticides in Canada supported by extensive scientific data that meet strict health and environmental standards.” Glyphosate (C3H8NO5P), or N-phosphonomethyl glycine, is a systemic herbicide used in high volume in Canada (0.5-1 million kilograms in […]

INDUSTRY | Political Economics

INDUSTRY | Political Economics

By Ray Grigg — Most economists like to think that economics is a science. So they advance economic theories, governments confidently design economic policies, politicians vigorously justify their economic action plans, and the lives of countless people are guided by strategies that are presented as necessities. Success is guaranteed by assiduously following the rules. This, […]

NEWS IN REVIEW | INDUSTRY | Mount Polley: Two months later

NEWS IN REVIEW | INDUSTRY | Mount Polley: Two months later

By Sage Birchwater — It’s been a long two months since August 4 when a breach of Mount Polley Mine’s tailings storage facility near Likely dumped 17 million cubic meters of effluent and eight million cubic meters of mine tailings solids into the pristine, salmon-bearing waters of Quesnel Lake. In a matter of hours one […]

NEWS IN REVIEW | INDUSTRY | Mt. Polley Mine Disaster: More Questions than Answers

NEWS IN REVIEW | INDUSTRY | Mt. Polley Mine Disaster: More Questions than Answers

By Sage Birchwater — There are more questions than answers concerning the August 4 breach of Mount Polley Mine’s tailings facility near Likely, BC. It’s being called the single worst environmental disaster in British Columbia’s history. And that’s before all the details are in. The full impact of millions of tons of toxic mining waste […]