Frac’ing Alberta dry: Here a water pipeline, there a water pipeline, will there be water to put in them? Nanton seeks a water pipeline from High River, wants Albertans to pay for it.

@ruggedbroad Dec 29, 2023:

Almost home from a walk to the library and what do I see a block south of us?

Someone is watering their f*cking LAWN. In LETHBRIDGE. In DECEMBER. When the Old Man is a trickle and the province is in a stage 4 drought.

My hope for humanity has finally been shattered.


Seriously??!! Ugh. We are going to have a serious drought if we don’t get more moisture. No one needs to water their lawns.


After Encana/Ovintiv illegally frac’d and contaminated Rosebud’s drinking water aquifers and those in other communities, the federal and provincial gov’ts, and Wheatland County, took taxpayer money from Canadians and Albertans to build a water pipeline to supply Calgary water to Standard, Rockyford, Gleichen, Redland and Rosebud. It cost many millions and took years to install. Encana, the criminal frac’er, contributed not one penny.

Rosebud is 100 km north east of Calgary. It’s insane to pipeline water that far.

I did not get water; I live on the western edge of the Hamlet of Rosebud, the pipeline doesn’t come to my place. I continue to haul water for my use, and ration it because hauling water is expensive and time consuming.

What when Alberta rivers run dry? Where will Calgary and Rosebud get its water from?

Restrictions are being implemented across Alberta because of insufficient water, abnormal temperatures, climate change and drought. Fires (how many started and or fed by frac’ing) are wiping out communities and wildlife, costing Albertans billions of dollars. Still, our gov’t and regulators allow frac’ers to intentionally, permanently, remove water from the hydrogeological cycle.

PS I live in one of the driest parts of Alberta, and lived through a serious four year drought. I never watered my lawn. It’s doing fine.

Nanton looks to larger neighbour to secure future water supply, Town submitted grant application for treated water pipeline from High River by Dan McGarvey, CBC News, Dec 11, 2023

The Town of Nanton is working with the Town High River on a plan to build a treated water pipeline between the two southern Alberta communities.

Nanton, about 65 kilometres south of Calgary, needs to secure its future potable water supply.

The proposed pipeline would replace the town’s current sources: the Highwood River and Women’s Coulee reservoir via Mosquito Creek with additional supply from the Spring Line.

The bulk of its supply is stored in a raw water reservoir, which needs to be filled by October every year to get through the winter months. A pipeline would eliminate the need to build a second reservoir and replace its water treatment plant.

“It would guarantee the town’s water supply for the long term,” said Nanton’s chief administrative officer, Neil Smith.Really? I see no guarantee, I only see some men desperately kicking an empty water bottle down the frac’d climate change road.

Smith says the town is in discussions with its neighbour about 30 kilometres north to explore the possibility of a $15-million treated water pipeline. Ninety per cent of the project would be covered by a Water For Life grant from the provincial government.Frac’ers get the water they intentionally contaminate and permanently remove from future use for free. Frac’ing must be criminalized. As communities run out of water, letting it continue is one of the stupidest thing I’ve seen humans do. Make frac’ers pay for the water pipelines.

“They’re our closest large municipal neighbour. They’ve been very supportive, so we’re feeling somewhat positive about it,” said Smith.

Smith says a pipeline would also remove a lot of the doubt around the town’s supply and possible future projects and development.

High River Mayor Craig Snodgrass says his town is potentially willing to help but the proposal needs much more investigation.

“Nanton would have to bring a licence to the table and everything else. There’s lots of water logistics that have to come into play to make it happen, but we’re definitely at the table to look into it.”

Snodgrass says High River already supplies large amounts of its water to Foothills County, the nearby Cargill meat-packing plant and the hamlet of Cayley.

It’s estimated the project would take five to eight years to complete, if the two towns come to an agreement.

Refer also to:

2012: AEA: Support to the identification of potential risks for the environment and human health arising from hydrocarbons operations involving hydraulic fracturing in Europe

A proportion (25% to 100%) of the water used in hydraulic fracturing is not recovered, and consequently this water is lost permanently to re-use, which differs from some other water uses in which water can be recovered and processed for re-use.

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