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ACTION ALERT: oppose applications to take water from 34 streams in 4 inlets for bottling


ACTION ALERT, Friends of Bute Inlet, February 10, 2011

At least 34 applications to extract water for bottling from streams in Knight, Bute, Toba and Jervis Inlet have been submitted to the provincial government. Each water application is paired with another for a land lease at the mouth of each stream. All of them are part of a water bottling scheme, details of which are sketchy and contradictory, and the one person common to them all has avoided reporters and any explanation about the real scheme.

Please help us oppose these applications for bottled water extraction. We are concerned about many environmental and economic issues with bottled water. We are suspicious about the real, undisclosed plans of the promoter.

In the absence of a credible and open review process for these applications, we are opposing all of them.

We have asked Murray Coell, BC's Minister of Environment, to order a formal environmental assessment, in which there is some transparency and an opportunity for the public to engage, ask questions, expect answers. Coell has not responded.

Steve Thomson, BC's Minister of Natural Resource Operations has insisted that his ministry will deal with the applications - a closed-door exercise of taking fees and issuing approvals, with no public accountability.

YOU CAN HELP NOW: Send the letter below – or write your own. Copy the letter into a new email and send to env.minister@gov.bc.ca; nro.minister@gov.bc.ca; 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!

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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February 10, 2011

Hon. Murray Coell, Minister of Environment
PO Box 9047
STN PROV GOVT
Victoria BC V8W 9E2
Fax: 250-387-1356
Email: env.minister@gov.bc.ca

Hon. Steve Thomson, Minister Natural Resource Operations
PO BOX 9044
STN PROV GOVT
Victoria BC V8W 9E2
Fax: 250-952-0223
Email: nro.minister@gov.bc.ca

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

RE: 2410505, 2410508, 2410510, 2410513, 2410516, 2410518, 2410532 and related file numbers in Knight, Toba & Jervis Inlets

I oppose these seven water license applications in Bute Inlet for commercial water bottling by numbered company 0879144 BC Ltd. I also oppose related applications in Knight, Toba and Jervis Inlets.

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, the 17-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 licences for commercial water bottling in Bute Inlet, and other licences by the same and related applicants in Knight, Toba and Jervis Inlets.

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