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EBR 012-9574 – A Regulation Establishing a New Bottled Water Charge

CELA stresses that, regardless of whatever water charge is required to recover actual management costs, the amount of water that is available based on long term sustainability and other goals such as meeting population growth targets, ensuring climate change resiliency, and realizing benefits to future generations is finite. As such, simply recovering the province’s water management costs must not be used as the determinant as to whether a water permit ought to be issued or a specific water use ought to be prioritized. Second, while not directly related to the new proposed charge, we believe our general comments and recommendations discussed above are important considerations to ensuring the aims of the water charges program are met.

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EBR 012-8783, Regulation Establishing a Moratorium on Issuance of Permits to Take Water – Bottled Water

 Thank you for taking the first step toward protecting Ontario’s groundwater, and for putting the needs of communities before the profits of water bottlers. We support the proposed two year moratorium on the issuance of new or increasing permits to take water for water bottling, and are encouraged by the proposal’s stated purpose:

This would allow time for the Ministry [of Environment and Climate Change] to undertake a comprehensive look at our current understanding of Ontario’s groundwater resources and the rules that govern water bottling facilities that take groundwater. 

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EBR: 012-4935 – Nestle Waters Canada – Permit to Take Water

The dried cracked bed of the Qaraoun artificial lake is seen in West Bekaa, September 19, 2014. Unusually warm weather and low rain levels in Lebanon this year has caused the unusual drying of the Litani river that feeds the Qaraoun artificial lake, residents said. Picture taken September 19, 2014. REUTERS/ Mohamed Azakir (LEBANON – Tags: ENVIRONMENT) – RTR474UT

ORA strenuously objects to a PTTW being issued to Nestle, on either a temporary or a permanent basis, for the extraction of water in Elora, or anywhere else in Ontario.  Water from aquifers, rivers or lakes is an essential public commons that must not be privatized, or allowed to be extracted for the purpose of private profit or shareholder earnings.

Extracting up to 1.6 million litres of water each day could place water supply to communities and individuals living within the surrounding area at risk.  The Mayor of Elora and many of its residents have already expressed their concerns and objections to this ill-conceived proposal to allow a global conglomerate to profit from a resource that must be protected as a public trust.  It is incumbent upon the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change to protect the interests of its citizens and this essential water supply.

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Namewaminikan Waterpower Project, Long Rapids & Twin Falls – Namewaminikan River

Twin Falls, Namewaminikan River

 

Long Rapids, NamewaminikanRiver

Namewaminikan Hydro (NH) is proposing to develop the Namewaminikan Waterpower Project (NWP), which consists of two “run-of-river” hydroelectric generating stations on the Namewaminikan River. This river is essentially located in the municipality of Greenstone and runs north of the community of Beardmore, Ontario. The sites to be developed are called Long Rapids and Twin Falls. The Long Rapids station will generate 5.6 megawatts (MW) of hydroelectric power whereas the Twin Falls station will produce 4.4 MW, for a project total of 10 MW.

The project will require the construction of a new 34.5 kV powerline. This line will bebuilt along existing roads and along the High Falls powerline over a distance of approximately 22 km.

A Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) contract for 40 years of electricity purchase was signed with the OPA in April 2010. The construction schedule was produced taking into consideration restrictions related to clearing, instream works and moose calving activities.

Construction is planned for summer 2012, whereas commercial operation is scheduled for fall 2014.  More information here.

A Permit to Take Water has been applied for and is open for comment under an EBR 012-1976 until 19 July 2014.

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Victor Mine – DeBeers Application for Amendment to their Permit to Take Water — EBR Posting 011-9596

Victor Mine – De Beers, near Attawapiskat First Nation

Excerpt:

“ORA is in full support of the submission made by Mr. Charles Hookimaw, an Attawapiskat First Nation member.  The proponent’s duty to consult impacted stakeholders and First Nation communities is paramount to an open, transparent and accountable approvals process, and is constitutionally mandated.  Many impacted stakeholders live in remote communities that have no access to internet, and it is inexcusable that the proponent has made no effort to meet with the Attawapiskat First Nation community, especially when this operation could have long lasting impacts on water quality, water quantity, and heavy metal contamination of local fisheries.” Continue reading


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