Frac’ing Canada Dry: Dawson Creek, NEBC’s Frac Central, activates Stage 2 water restrictions for “persons.” Are frac’ers persons?

Dawson Creek to implement Stage 2 water restrictions due to recent cold and drought by Michael Popove, CJDC-TV News, January 25, 2024

DAWSON CREEK — NEBC’s frac frenzy and The recent cold snap and current drought conditions in the Peace Region is affecting the water supply in Dawson Creek.

With that in mind, the City of Dawson Creek has activated Stage 2 Water Conservation Measures effective February 5, 2024 until further notice.

According to the City of Dawson Creek, during Stage 2 Water Conservation Measures a person must not:

– water lawns, except for on specified days and times by specific addresses
use a hose providing water to wash boats or motor vehicles, unless the hose is equipped with an automatic shut-off devicefrac’ers?
haul bulk water for non-potable usefrac’ers?

Hauling bulk water for non-potable use is the key area that will be affected during these winter months.

Mayor Darcy Dober said the restrictions are a precautionary measure.

Water levels in the Dawson Creek area are currently being affected by existing drought conditions, the recent frigid temperatures and a recent increase in demand from industry.

The Province of British Columbia is experiencing a historic period of drought.

The northeast of the province, including Dawson Creek, is at the highest and most severe level of drought.Can’t fight wildfires without water

The Kiskatinaw River upstream from the City’s intake reservoir is likely frozen due to the recent cold spell.

This has resulted in the river levels dropping, and the flow of the river could not keep up with the City’s current pumping rate.

Pumps were switched off in order to monitor the levels and gain a better understanding of current pumping capacity.

Refer also to:

2024 01 24: Alberta 2024 drought at Stage 4/5. Sundre begins planning. What will you do when your community runs out of water? Even frac’ers are stressed: “They’ve got to draw water from somewhere…they’re saying there’s barely any water.”

2024 01 22: Alberta’s Mountain View Regional Water Services Commission votes to immediately stop use of its water for frac’ing. Carstairs Mayor and Board chair Lance Colby: “The request is that none of the towns supply water for fracking.” Defiant member town Crossfield: We’re not going to stop.

2023: 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.

2023: Severe Drought, water restrictions for citizens but not frac’ers: Calgarians and Airdronians not allowed to wash windows but oil and gas frac’ers permanently lose billions of gallons of water to the hydrogeological cycle while Alberta Premier Danielle Smith bans clean safe non-water harming solar and wind energy projects. How stupid can Albertans get?

2023 Fox Creek (frac central) Alberta wall of fire, photo by Kyle Brittain

Imagine fighting fire with frac’d methane and ethane contaminated water?

2021: Frac’d to Hell NEBC, Rose Prairie: Explosive gas levels in water well kill $1.3 Million “potable” water station day before it was to open to the public. Taking bets: Will nature be blamed or frac’ers?

Rose Prairie is 31 km north of Fort St John

2016: NE BC, near Dawson Creek: Explosion at Encana fracking **water** facility injures worker. “We don’t know the hydrological and geological implications of drawing the saline aquifer down. We may be creating a different kind of problem.”

2015: It’s an epidemic: Encana gets exclusive access to Dawson Creek’s treated sewer water for fracking operations.

2014: Companies Illegally Dumping Toxic Fracking Chemicals in Dawson Creek Water Treatment Systems, City to pay $4 Million and more for monitoring to try to stop illegal frac waste dumping

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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