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Not waste water, but wasted water

I read the words environmental protection, efficient, effective, sustainable in your article entitled 'Water agreement made' in your Aug. 20 edition. None of these words accurately describe this agreement.

I read the words environmental protection, efficient, effective, sustainable in your article entitled 'Water agreement made' in your Aug. 20 edition. None of these words accurately describe this agreement. It is untrue that nothing is being done with this effluent, waste water at the float plane base. There is no such thing as waste water. Undoubtedly, evaporation from this pond has contributed significantly to rain that has fallen on agricultural land somewhere and would certainly have been welcome here in any of the last six years. There is no waste water but there is wasted water. This is water that is pumped down a hole and will never again be part of the precipitation cycle. I understand how pressure and demands from the oil and gas industry have fueled our mayor's desire to put a positive spin on this thing by calling it a win-win situation. In reality, we are attempting to choose the lesser of two evils. It is a lose-lose situation. As usual, we are attempting to lessen the effect of the symptoms rather than dealing with the disease. The current insane quantity and pace of resource extraction is totally unsustainable. It is doing us very little short term good and it is definetely setting the stage for global suffering in the long-term. The responsible reaction is to slow this thing down. Reduce it by 50 per cent. It is just a rip off. We get virtually nothing for our gas. This could be accomplished by water restrictions, greatly increased royalties etc. And possibly by demonstrations and lobbying our current, incredibly weak, cowardly and damaging governments. This would greatly reduce the need for water, show positive, responsible leadership that should be followed by others and give us a few more years of sufficiency and prosperity on this planet. Ed Pitt,Dawson Creek

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