The Ontario Rivers Alliance commissioned this 3-D Flyover of the Energy East Pipeline corridor across Ontario to graphically show the waterbodies that would be at risk if a oil spill or rupture were to occur. The pipeline intersects more than 1,850 streams, rivers, lakes and wetlands along its route through Ontario. To provide perspective, the thick white lines indicate a 15 km area on either side of the pipeline.
SUDBURY: The contributions of the Ontario Rivers Alliance (ORA) are being featured in an online series of short film documentaries dedicated to conservation issues.
In Fieldwork – the Art of Conservation, ORA Chair Linda Heron talks about the organization’s commitment to protecting Ontario rivers, and its focus on one of the most challenging issues facing communities and riverine ecosystems today – hydroelectric power development. Continue reading
Indigenous communities who have fished, hunted, and lived in Ontario’s north for generations have a unique understanding of how their environment is changing. Elders pass down environmental knowledge that simply doesn’t exist anywhere else. The government and researchers are starting to recognize the value of what elders know and are launching projects to gather traditional knowledge.
Naomi Oreskes says our fossil fuel strategy ‘doesn’t add up.’ Read article here.
Take a 3D Fly-over along the entire Ontario length of the existing TransCanada pipeline slated for conversion to bitumen transport. Every stream, river and lake that the line bisects is identified and displayed. It certainly provides a birds-eye view of what could be lost should a leak occur. This will graphically explain why ORA has applied for Intervenor Status in the National Energy Board hearings.
This amazing piece of work was prepared by THeIA GeoAnalytics, out of North Bay. Check it out:
You don’t want to miss this incredible film!
“When we came across the latest edit from 18-year-old Canadian shredder Edward Muggridge, we knew we’d found something special. Not only does this teenager have a clear whitewater talent and ambition, his filmmaking is nothing to blink at.”
Read more here.
The City of London inspected the gates of the failed Springbank Dam, on the Thames River, City of London. Around $ 7 million in upgrades, including the installation of the steel gates that would make the dam easier to operate, were nearly complete in 2008 when one of the four gates was dislocated during testing. The Thames River has been flowing unimpeded through the dam ever since. A lawsuit is in the works.
“(The Thames) is actually getting healthier ever single year (the dam) has been left open,” said Rob Huber, president of the TRAA, told the Londoner in June. “The neat thing about what’s going on in London is we’ve actually (had an opportunity) to see what would happen if the dam wasn’t there for the first time in (over) 80 years.” Article here.
This drone flight shows the sludge already beginning to back up behind the gate that was lifted into place on Monday, the 13th of July. There are two upstream wastewater treatment facilities releasing treated, and sometimes untreated, effluent into the Thames.