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Wind farms causing thousands of bats to die of collapsed lungs annually in Alberta: top bat expert

EDMONTON — Thousands of bats die on southern Alberta wind farms each year, but it’s unclear what effect that is having on the overall population, says Canada’s foremost bat expert, Robert Barclay.

 

Most of the bats die because their lungs collapse when they run into low air pressure around the tips of the wind turbines — not because they hit the towers or blades. Bat populations are under heavy pressure; up to 500,000 migrating bats are killed in North American wind farms. .

 

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It is amazing how all these things get built and nobody cares what happens to the creatures living in the area. Here we have wind farms killing off 500,000 bats and nobody even blinks an eye. Bats may not be very popular but they do eat millions of insects and mosquitoes, so are needed in the environment. But apparently they think wind farms are more important than bats and other birds, including endangered species. Like somehow this is "clean energy", lol.

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Wind farms causing thousands of bats to die of collapsed lungs annually in Alberta: top bat expert

EDMONTON — Thousands of bats die on southern Alberta wind farms each year, but it’s unclear what effect that is having on the overall population, says Canada’s foremost bat expert, Robert Barclay.

 

Most of the bats die because their lungs collapse when they run into low air pressure around the tips of the wind turbines — not because they hit the towers or blades. Bat populations are under heavy pressure; up to 500,000 migrating bats are killed in North American wind farms. .

 

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It is amazing how all these things get built and nobody cares what happens to the creatures living in the area. Here we have wind farms killing off 500,000 bats and nobody even blinks an eye. Bats may not be very popular but they do eat millions of insects and mosquitoes, so are needed in the environment. But apparently they think wind farms are more important than bats and other birds, including endangered species. Like somehow this is "clean energy", lol.

 

Los Angeles thinking about banning wind turbines in certain areas.

 

http://www.planetizen.com/node/79611/wind-turbines-likely-banned-unincorporated-los-angeles-county

 

 

Australia's Clean Energy fiance Corporation set a directive not  to invest further into the "clean energy" wind farms. A fight appears to be ahead.

 

http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/jul/12/coalition-bans-clean-energy-finance-corporation-wind-power-investment

 

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-07-13/wind-farms-now-off-limits-for-7-5-billion-fund-in-australia

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Wind farm gets ministry approval

CLEARVIEW TWP. — Shock waves are rippling through the region following news that the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change has given the green light to allow the construction of eight 137-metre wind turbines east of Stayner.

 

“It’s absolutely outrageous that the (Premier) Kathleen Wynne government would approve this. All of us are in shock, those that fought against this,” said Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson. The wpd Canada Fairview Wind Project will be constructed on land south and north of County Road 91.

 

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Kathleen Wynne is a liberal so no wonder this was approved, now many birds have to die as a result. This is not "clean energy" and never was, but enough lies have made people believe this is better than other sources of energy.

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Mesothelioma, deadly cancer caused by asbestos exposure, on the rise: StatsCan

In a Nov. 9 letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Ruff and a lengthy list of international signatories called on his government to ban the import of asbestos-containing products and urged that Canada support the listing of chrysotile asbestos as a hazardous substance under the UN's Rotterdam Convention.

 

Health Minister Jane Philpott was not available for an interview Wednesday to say whether the government plans to ban asbestos.

 

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Apparently news has not reached Canada on how bad asbestos is, like they should have to be told, lol.

 

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World awaiting Canada decision on nuclear waste
 

Though delayed for at least another two months, Canada’s eventual decision over the fate of a 15-year-old proposal to build a deep underground repository for low and intermediate-level nuclear waste a mile from Lake Huron is being watched on both sides of the border.

 

Many people believe the decision has broader implications for the U.S. and the global nuclear industry at large, as well as future management of the Great Lakes, which hold a fifth of the world’s fresh surface water.

 

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It's hard to believe this site is even being considered as a nuclear waste site in Canada. With all the land Canada has they pick something only a mile away from Lake Huron. If they make this bad decision who trusts them to store nuclear waste properly, not me.

 

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World awaiting Canada decision on nuclear waste

 

Though delayed for at least another two months, Canada’s eventual decision over the fate of a 15-year-old proposal to build a deep underground repository for low and intermediate-level nuclear waste a mile from Lake Huron is being watched on both sides of the border.

 

Many people believe the decision has broader implications for the U.S. and the global nuclear industry at large, as well as future management of the Great Lakes, which hold a fifth of the world’s fresh surface water.

 

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It's hard to believe this site is even being considered as a nuclear waste site in Canada. With all the land Canada has they pick something only a mile away from Lake Huron. If they make this bad decision who trusts them to store nuclear waste properly, not me.

 

 

A lead wall should protect us on this side of the border. :P

 

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Winnipeg faces at least $1.2B tab to stop sewage from flowing into rivers

Preventing sewage overflows into Winnipeg's rivers will cost more than $1 billion, regardless of what choice is made, a report from the city's water and waste department says.

 

The city currently averages 22 combined sewage overflows through each of its 79 outflows (locations where pipes overflow directly into the rivers), the report says.

 

That means sewage is released into the rivers more than 1,700 times every year. City staff estimate an average of approximately 900 million litres of sewage go into the rivers annually.

 

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I can't believe these cities get away with this, lol.

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Canada government may fund clean-up of spent oil wells

 

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) - Ottawa may help pay for the clean-up of spent oil wells, Canadian Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr said on Friday. A crash in crude oil prices has led oil companies to abandon more wells, particularly in the western Canadian provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan.

 

Alberta had more than 700 abandoned wells in 2015, four times the total of the previous year, as more oil companies ran into trouble with low prices. Neighboring Saskatchewan has 100 abandoned wells, and the government expects another 1,000 will be abandoned, said spokeswoman Kathy Young.

 

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I like the way the government expects another 1000 wells to be abandoned and doesn't sounds like they will do anything about it. Is anyone actually in charge and responsible in Canada?

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Winnipeg faces at least $1.2B tab to stop sewage from flowing into rivers

Preventing sewage overflows into Winnipeg's rivers will cost more than $1 billion, regardless of what choice is made, a report from the city's water and waste department says.

 

The city currently averages 22 combined sewage overflows through each of its 79 outflows (locations where pipes overflow directly into the rivers), the report says.

 

That means sewage is released into the rivers more than 1,700 times every year. City staff estimate an average of approximately 900 million litres of sewage go into the rivers annually.

 

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I can't believe these cities get away with this, lol.

 

It's not so much with getting away with it but like us, lack of funds from the government.

 

From this link...

<<  #13 Our aging sewer systems spill more than a trillion gallons of untreated sewage every single year.  The cost of cleaning up that sewage each year is estimated to be greater than 50 billion dollars.  >>

 

http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/21-facts-about-americas-failing-infrastructure-that-will-blow-your-mind

 

It be a trillion just to bring us up to standards.  (Canada is not rich as we.)  The government needs to stop wasting money on wars and divert it to our infrastructure.

 

Our drinking water woes...

 

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/5e1a4c0c661f4c6cb94d3b6b71e4a337/drinking-water-systems-imperiled-failing-infrastructure

 

Some of our pipes are over 100 years old.

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Sewage from New Brunswick discharged into St. Croix River

A Maine Department of Environmental Protection official on Tuesday confirmed a report that a sewer main break on Monday in New Brunswick sent hundreds of thousand of gallons of untreated sewage into the St. Croix River.

 

The raw sewage reportedly came from a wastewater treatment system in St. Stephen, New Brunswick. Nearly 950,000 gallons were spilled directly into the St. Croix, which forms part of the U.S. border with Canada. St. Stephen is located across the river from Calais.

 

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I wonder if this was accidental, looking at the other cities that do it daily it makes you wonder. Regardless another river gets polluted with sewage.

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Mayors fractured over sewage treatment site as deadline nears

CTV Vancouver Island - The debate over treating the Capital Region’s waste has turned into a sewage-slinging match between area mayors, as international media begin to pay closer attention to the enduring saga.

 

Trudeau stated his opinion on the idea of a treatment plan during a visit to Victoria four years ago, while seeking leadership of the federal Liberal Party. “This is a billion dollars of our taxpayer dollars that could go towards treating autistic kids, towards child care, towards improving our schools. That is not going to be money well spent,” he said at the time.

 

Victoria pumps some 130-million litres of untreated effluent into the Juan de Fuca Strait daily.

 

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Trudeau didn't want a sewage treatment plant and it still hasn't been built, no wonder they are dumping raw sewage daily. How incompetent can people be when it comes to things like this. And just in case someone missed what's happening, they are dumping raw sewage from coast to coast in Canada, where is the U.S. media on this.

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Victoria mayor pleads for more patience amid progress on sewage treatment

After two decades of false starts and now the threat of a public sector travel ban from Washington State, Victoria’s mayor insists progress is being made on a sewage treatment plant in the capital regional district.

 

Washington State’s House of Representatives added to the pressure last week, voting in favour of a provision in its budget bill to ban business travel to Victoria until the region has primary sewage treatment in place (the ban still needs Senate support).

 

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They have been telling them for 23 years to built sewage treatment in Victoria and they still refuse. It's time to stop travel until they clean this up. When they elect someone like Trudeau who also doesn't want sewage treatment what else can we do?

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Cash required to control city sewage overflows and manure runoff into the Thames River, says London politician

In London alone, during heavy rainfalls or sudden thaws, the city’s sewage treatment can’t keep up and the city releases into the river the equivalent of scores of swimming pools full of raw or only partially treated sewage.

 

London’s sewage bypasses and overflows are among the most numerous in Ontario. “The question is, where would the money come from?”

 

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Maybe if you spent the money people pay for the sewage bills on this it would be fixed. That's the way it works in the rest of the world.

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Council calls for pause on $13M LaHave River clean up plan

The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg is requesting more information before they agree to a $13 million plan that would eliminate the flushing of raw sewage into the LaHave River. There are 600 homes along the LaHave River that have been flushing sewage into the river through straight pipes for decades.

 

The plan would see the first tanks installed next year and it would take six years to complete but council won't approve the plan until they get more questions answered.

 

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I guess in Canada it is sport to build residences and have no sewage treatment, here are 600 homes they built and it all goes straight into the LaHave River. They have known about it for decades and done nothing.

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Council calls for pause on $13M LaHave River clean up plan

The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg is requesting more information before they agree to a $13 million plan that would eliminate the flushing of raw sewage into the LaHave River. There are 600 homes along the LaHave River that have been flushing sewage into the river through straight pipes for decades.

 

The plan would see the first tanks installed next year and it would take six years to complete but council won't approve the plan until they get more questions answered.

 

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I guess in Canada it is sport to build residences and have no sewage treatment, here are 600 homes they built and it all goes straight into the LaHave River. They have known about it for decades and done nothing.

 

 

Maybe they discussed this raw sewage problem during the State dinner.

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Halifax Water to test seasonal disinfection of bacteria in Halifax Harbour

Halifax Water says human health isn't at risk over the next two months as it shuts down its bacteria disinfection system for a pilot project, but a Dalhousie University study suggests humans aren't the ones we should be worried about. 

 

Powerful ultra-violet lights at three wastewater treatment plants were shut off Monday and won't be turned back on until April 30.

 

After creating model simulations with tidal, current, and water column data, he says there is a high probability that bi-valve shellfish — such as mussels and clams — will be affected in areas where recreational harvesting is done, such as Eastern Passage.

 

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Oh yummy, let's go clamming up in Canada, lol. I really want to get deadly sick.

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Rep. Kilmer goes to White House state dinner after talking Victoria sewage with Trudeau

Kilmer and six other House members met with the prime minister earlier in the day. And Kilmer raised a distasteful subject. He asked Trudeau when Victoria will stop dumping 34 million gallons of raw sewage into the Strait of Juan de Fuca each day.

 

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I am glad someone is asking him, Trudeau should be embarrassed for not building sewage treatment plants and polluting the waters along our border with raw sewage.

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Region’s mayors take sewage-treatment case to U.S.

 

Last month, the Washington House of Representatives voted 50-47 in favour of restricting government travel to Victoria because of what it perceives as foot-dragging over the implementation of sewage treatment.

While the measure has since been withdrawn, several Washington state legislators are threatening the call for a general tourism boycott, if the Capital Regional District’s sewage treatment plan doesn’t meet a March 31 deadline for funding help from the province and federal government. That funding would be dealt through PPP Canada.

 

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Keep up the heat on them to clean up the raw sewage they dump. Instead of wasting time on carbon taxes they should have fixed the sewage problem.

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