Friday, March 27, 2015

1916: "Oliver Fruit and Gardens" fueled by Water. 99 years later same technology in use but moving Petroleum

 One of our hobbies is to find where a photographer had to stand to get his landscape photo.

Haynes Ecological Reserve
Allan Brooks - Naturalist - near Osoyoos



Situated in Southern Okanagan Valley, south of Penticton, the warmest, lowest, and earliest portion of that well-known fruit-growing district, a tract, of several thousand acres is being subdivided in fruit growing areas of 10 to over 20 acres and prepared for settlement and development.

An irrigation system has been installed which will be operated by the Government until development allows of the creation of an irrigation district, after which the water-users will administer and manage the system. The areas now being offered a re confined to those within scope of the completed portion.

The tract extends from a short distance south of Vaseaux Lake to the International Boundary. The northerly part is 22 miles from Penticton. Agreement has been made with the Kettle Valley Railway Company by the Government for completion of a branch, now under construction, from Penticton a divisional point of the company's main  line-through the tract, with a station at Oliver.


Which will be the administrative centre of the district, is a new townsite laid out in a picturesque part of the valley on the west of Okanagan River, 25 miles south of Penticton. It has been subdivided into business and residential blocks, with graded streets and domestic water and sewerage systems to be provided; electric light and power will be available, as the transmission-line from Bonnington Falls passes within a mile; railway service with station and yards, parks, etc.; in fact, Oliver is expected to be a modern business centre with all conveniences required by modern business and social life. The main highway will pass through the centre of the town .
Dog Lake is now called Skaha Lake

Where was the photographer standing to take this photo?  Has the area changed?  Orchard Stands dot the Highway?  Houses?  Picker Shacks?  Resorts?

Oliver Then

Oliver Now

Zoom in on the workers: see the 'wall' creating the pipe, crib supports below



 PRESS RELEASE: Tales of the Ditch

posted Apr 7, 2014, 1:11 PM by Oliver Heritage 

“The Ditch” that carries the lifeblood of the valley, water, is the reason the Town of Oliver exists. Yet most people today    do not realize it is right under their feet as they do business around town.

Not so for Oliver born orchardist Greg Norton, guest speaker at the Oliver and District Heritage Society’s Annual General Meeting which takes place on Wednesday, April 16th at 7 p.m. at the Quail Nest on Airport Road.

Greg will share stories of “The Ditch”, a daring do place of adventurous entertainment for generations of Oliver kids.  The gravity flow, concrete canal that begins its life under the shadow of McIntyre Bluff was the personal playground for Greg and his friends growing up in the 1950’s and 60’s.  In later years it was his place of work. However, well before that, this amazing and seemingly simply designed structure was what his grandfather Charles Norton and others wrestled to build in the early 1920’s. Then and now, “The Ditch” has always been a central part of Norton family life.


The Ditch

Snip.....In 1918 soldiers began to return to the B.C. after the war; to their dismay they were welcomed by a crowded workforce and highly populated cities.  The Premier of B.C. at the time, John Oliver, sought to find a solution for the veterans, who he believed should be rewarded for their valiant fighting.  He instituted the Soldiers Land Act, under which he purchased 22,000 acres extending south of McIntyre bluff.  It was hoped to irrigate 8,000 acres of this land – this was to be the Southern Okanagan Lands Project.  The land was then to be sold to veterans who desired land and were given ‘special purchasing privileges’.  Snip     - Julie Cancela

Southern Okanagan Irrigation Project

1922 version of GMO




Source: 1916
The Town of Oliver is named after “Honest” John Oliver, who became the 19th Premier of British Columbia following the death of his predecessor in 1918 and held the position of Premier until his own death in 1927. During his term in office, he was instrumental in developing the original fruit growing industry in the South Okanagan Valley, centered in what later became our community, and which adopted the Premier Oliver’s name as its own.

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Spitting image: Bill Bennett's spat with Alaskans: Tailing Ponds are safe! "160 years of mining in British Columbia"!!!

Is it possible that Energy Minister Bill Bennett handlers haven't found a way to know when, or how, to shut the Minister up?

Is this why former Premier Gordon Campbell never trusted the man, why there was a need to take Bennett out to the farm shed?  (CBC backgrounder c/w video)

If Bennett had just kept his cool and ignored Juneau Empire Editor he could have kept British Columbian failed mining statistics on tailing pond practices to himself, thereby keeping the public in the dark, Americans too.

However, with his claim of  "160 years of mining in British Columbia" came a gold nugget of data information, maybe even written for the Minister of Energy himself and all he had to do was find a wedge issue.  Why not write an obscure letter to a Foreign Country newspaper.
Juneau Empire:
Let us start off by addressing the first portion of Mr. Bennet’s piece when he states it was “unfortunate your editorial has seized upon the Mount Polley mine tailings storage facility failure to undermine the long tradition of respectful relations and co-operation between British Columbia and Alaska on mining development and environmental protection.”

Perhaps Mr. Bennett has forgotten about the Tulsequah Chief Mine. Southeast Alaska has not forgotten.
50-plus years of pollution

The Tulsequah Chief Mine, located south of Juneau on the Taku River just across the Canadian border, has leached acid runoff into the Taku River since its closure in the 1950s. The Taku boasts notable salmon runs, the same runs which in turn give jobs to many commercial fishermen. There were efforts to revitalize the mine, but those failed for financial reasons and to this day acid continues to taint the Taku.  ......

Thank You Bill!!!

Where's the Minister of Environment?

Ahhh, the sheer beauty of the Energy Minister providing the key words needed to find the source, the proof of the existence of  "160 years of mining" bordering not just Alaska but Washington, Alberta and the Yukon.  How many tailings ponds are leaking already from a database of 1,696 (not all with ponds)?

A Google Earth KML file, created for Bill Bennett's pleasure, now lays at foreign press feet, and bloggers too:

GeoFile 2012-03:  A KML file to Display Producing Mines in British Columbia at Any Range or Point of Time in the Last 160 Years

by Yao Cui

View GeoFile 2012-03 (PDF, 375 KB);
Download KMZ (96 KB)

The KML file MinFile_production_ts.kmz contains 1,696 past and current producing mines over the last 160 years in British Columbia that can be displayed at any range or point of time by using the Time Slider on Google Earth®. Only mines with known operating years are included in this KML file. More mines and detailed information can be found on the MINFILE Mineral Inventory website at  
All publications of the BC Geological Survey are available digitally, free of charge, from this website.
Index of GeoFiles 
  Mount Polley Tailing Pond spill not mentioned for 2014/2015

 1851 to 2011

The Real Gold Nugget to this Google Earth File is that it will tell you, the private land owner, the hounder of rock collecting, if there is something insidious lurking nearby.  Who would have guessed that Bowen Island was not only manufacturer of bricks but it also had a Gold/Copper mine.... Britannia Beach island hopping crossover.

Friday, March 20, 2015

"In God We Trust": Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipe Line 40 pages of Failures from Edmonton to the shores of Burnaby

60 failures between Sumas (Abbotsford) and Burnaby's Burrard Inlet

Page 39 of 40 and the next page too for TMPL route without a hint of a timeline

Let us count the ways
External Corrosion

Internal Corrosion

3rd Party Damage

System Operations

Construction Threat

Total Failure

Environmental Consequence Score

Environment Risk Score

Number of HCAs aka High Consequence Areas


Pipeline Integrity Analyses for Construction in Mountainous Area


.....Therefore, the main public impact consequence that is associated with a catastrophic failure of a high-pressure non-sour gas transmission pipeline is that of thermal radiation subsequent to the ignition of the gas cloud that is evolved from the rupture. .....

 GTS-RateCase2015_Exh_ ORA_20150223_ExhORA

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Body Bag Counting before Seismic School Upgrading
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