General News · 9th February 2011
North Island MLA Claire Trevena is looking for action on proposals for water bottling in with the Minister of Environment.
The proposals, which have been submitted to the BC Liberal government over the last several months, would allow for up to 24,500 gallons of water per day be taken out of approximately 40 streams running into Bute, Knight, Jervis and Toba inlets.
“I am extremely concerned about the impact of these projects. Individually they may appear to some to be comparatively innocuous, but put together we are talking about a huge amount of water,” said Trevena.
“Water is a precious resource and a human right. We have to protect against it being simply a commodity to be owned and traded.”
The proponents are suggesting that they can collect water as it approaches the mouth of the stream through a funnel and hose; the water would be transported to a barge and then to a water bottling plant.
“I have met with the Minister of Environment, Murray Coell, and hope that he looks at these plans as a whole and orders a cumulative environmental assessment. We need accountability on this – not a quick survey,” said Trevena.
A number of conservation and environmental organisations have also taken on the fight and are urging that the proposals be dealt with by the Ministry of Environment and reviewed under the environmental assessment act.
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