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Please help us oppose applications for bottled water extraction at Bute Inlet!


ACTION ALERT, Friends of Bute Inlet, January 24, 2011

Please help us oppose applications for bottled water extraction at Bute Inlet! We are concerned and suspicious about motives and implications of a BC Numbered Company applying for many large-scale commercial water extractions in Bute and nearby coastal inlets. While we investigate, we are opposing the most-recent applications for Bute Inlet. The attached doc contains More Info.

YOU CAN HELP NOW: Send the letter below – or write your own.
Simply copy the letter into a new email and send to ross.douglas@gov.bc.ca

It’s better if your email or fax letter is somehow unique: add your own first sentence, change the font, switch-up the letter any way you want - and sign it! Letters are "due" Friday January 28 - we think late letters will also be accepted.

We will provide an update and more thorough information ASAP. Please contact us at buteinlet@gmail.com if you have questions or new information to offer. We'd also like to know if you've sent a letter.

Feel free to forward this letter request. Thank you for your help and support!

Lannie Keller
for Friends of Bute Inlet

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January 28, 2011

Ross Douglas, Senior Land Officer
200 -10428 153 St.
Surrey, B.C. V3R 1E1
Fax: 604-586-4434
ross.douglas@gov.bc.ca

RE: 2410205, 2410510, 241051, 2410505, 2410516, 2410513, 2410518, 2410532

I oppose the seven water license applications in Bute Inlet for commercial water bottling by numbered company 0879144 BC Ltd.

I am concerned about the apparent extent of this numbered-business venture and how many creeks will be affected at Bute and adjacent coastal inlets without comprehensive planning and environmental assessments. Privatizing and bottling water also have social implications, both local and global.

Every water diversion should be environmentally assessed - these are decisions and long term commitments that affect the hydrology and biodiversity of BC’s vital coastal watersheds. Cumulative impacts must be considered - including other water removals, climate change projections, and at Bute, the17-rivers energy mega-project proposed by Plutonic and GE. At remote locations, BC also needs to implement independent site-monitoring and enforcement to ensure industry compliance.

Promoting a bottled water industry mocks BC’s “green” imagery and contradicts its carbon-reduction legislation. Local regional governments oppose these water bottling applications, and worldwide, governments are banning bottled water. Ninety percent of used bottles are littered or land-filled, where they take thousands of years to decompose. BC can do better.

Commercial water licenses effectively privatize water at a time when there is a global movement to keep water for the public good and to declare access to water a human right.

I oppose licenses for commercial water bottling in Bute Inlet.

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