Monday, December 7, 2015

Source of Climate Leadership Team report: No mention of Conveyor Belt technology @ BC Hydro's Fort St. John's 85th Avenue site

2008 Promise Made, Promise Kept in 2015:    

Climate Action Plan
Creating Green Communities
Smart planning, with compact communities, energy-efficient buildings and more clean transportation alternatives, is the way of the future. This plan supports greener B.C. communities with:

A new Green Building Code with some of the highest energy efficiency standards in Canada.

A $14-billion Provincial Transit Plan to build infrastructure and double ridership across B.C. by 2020(Highway of Tears not included)

Gordon Campbell and Kevin Falcon, then-Premier and then-Transportation Minister, announced the sweeping plan during a press conference on January 14, 2008 as a key initiative to achieve the provincial government’s greenhouse gas reduction targets.

The so-called “Provincial Transit Plan” outlined a $10.3 billion strategy to build three new rapid transit lines in Metro Vancouver:

– the $1.4-billion SkyTrain extension to Coquitlam (Evergreen Line),
$2.8 billion to extend the Millennium Line to UBC under Broadway,

a reaffirmation of the $2 billion Canada Line being built,

and $3.1 billion to double the capacity of the Expo Line, including station and control system upgrades, platform extensions to accommodate six-car trains, and a six kilometre extension in Surrey.
“One new transit line was committed to in each of the previous three decades,” said Falcon in 2008. “This plan delivers three lines in the next decade.”

and from the same document:

“What [the B.C. government has] done here is they recognize this is the right thing to do, it’s the only thing to do to address this problem and we’re not going to wait for the feds or someone to do it. We’re going to show leadership in North America and you watch, it’s going to start to have a ripple down effect and others are going to start to join up as the years go by.”
- Andrew Weaver
School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of Victoria

Discussion Paper CLT
This document is posted for a one-month consultation period, from July 17, 2015 to August 17, 2015. So please take the survey
You missed the Window of Opportunity on the Consultation period.  PERIOD!!!

Dam, but the BC Environment ministry sure likes to use apple and orange measurements from one  project to another.

Shawnigan Lake:  Apples; movement of Tons of Contaminated soil

South Island Aggregate's contaminated soil movement from downtown Victoria to above the Malahat Highway is counted as 100,000 tons annually until either the tonnages of five million is hit or 50 years.  Has anyone got a handle on how much tonnage is permitted on the highway per vehicle?  and what is that number?  How many trucker vehicles are being added to the highway because of the need to dump?  Why isn't South Island Aggregates using their Washington State to British Columbia barges to do an end run from Victoria to their dock at Bamberton, just down the hill from their leaking quarry pit in the Shawnigan watershed?  Is Justin Trudeau's un-muzzled Environment Canada and Fisheries Canada scientist doing their job?

Green House Gas (GHG) generated by SIA diesel trucks on the highway, back roads, and return?

The Climate Leadership Team document contains a section on using alternative transportation fuels and then Minister Mary Polak does the opposite, she legalizes the movement of materials by trucks, not conveyor belts.  Conveyor Belts???  think W.A.C. Bennett Dam.  Conveyor Belts??? Site C Dam from downtown Fort St. John's 85th Avenue.

Transportation is responsible for 37 per cent of emissions in B.C. We now have the technologies - such as biofuels and hybrid-electric vehicles - to enable a transition to zero and low-emission transportation options.  Our recommendations focus on making these technologies and fuels available to individuals and industry across the province.  (EXCEPT FOR South Island Aggregates)
Measurement in last paragraph: GHG measured in 190,000 cars.  Why not One Truck?

Mount Polley: Oranges; Cubic Metre measurement of Glacial Till

How much GHG has been created by hauling from the pit to the pond for Imperial Metals? Why not Conveyor Belt technology?

Mount Polley tailing pond breach was due to glacial till beneath the dam.

MacLeans -  Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press  January 30, 2015

snip   The independent, government-ordered report released Friday said the spill of 24 million cubic metres of silt and water into nearby lakes and rivers was caused by an inadequately designed dam that didn’t account for drainage and erosion failures associated with glacial till beneath the pond.

B.C.’s Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett immediately ordered B.C.’s Chief Inspector of Mines to require all operating mines with similar tailings ponds to confirm what kind of foundation material their dams rest on by June 30.

There are currently 98 permitted tailings storage facilities in the province with 123 dams at 60 metal and coal mines in B.C.  snip

Site C: Oranges: Cubic Metre measurement of Glacial Till

Hauling of the glacial till will not be done by trucks generating GHG but the WAC Bennett dam method: Conveyor belt powered by electricity from the dam.

The decision by BC Hydro to use this particular glacial till is based on a minuscule survey of drill and test pitting.  109 auger holes and seven pits will yield  4,866,000 cubic  metres a sixth of Mount Polley.

The development plan for the source of impervious core material is based on the following information:

A drill and test pit program conducted in 2009 focused on confirming potential sources for obtaining the impervious till material.  A total of 109 auger holes and seven test pits were completed;

A further drill and test pit investigation was conducted in 2010 in the 85th Avenue Industrial Lands. A total of 15 auger holes and eight test pits were completed.;

It was determined that the material within the 85th Avenue source is within the ideal range for fines content for the dam core, the material is at a depth up to 30 metres, is thinly covered with overburden, and the material is consistent in nature.;

Preparations in the 85th Avenue Industrial Lands would occur in Year 2 and and Year 3 concurrent with construction of the conveyor belt system which will transport the material to the dam site;

The total excavated material would range from 2,921,000 cubic metres to 4,866,000 cubic  metres depending on quality and processing requirements of the source.;

The 85th Ave site would provide 2,921,000 cubic metres for the damcore, and the remaining 414,000 cubic metres of till would be sourced from the dam site excavations.;

The yearly requirement beginning in Year 4 and ending in Year 7 would be 100,000 cubic metres, 1,521,000 cubic metres, 975,000 cubic metres, 325,000 cubic metres, respectively.;

Material placement would occur during the seasonal placing windows between May and October.;

A conveyor belt system will be used to transport the till material from the pit to the dam site.;

The final excavation is to be at an elevation of approximately 675 metres (as shown in Figure 3.1);

The maximum slopes for excavation and embankments for overburden and surplus storage would be 2H:1V.

WHY is it that the ONLY available glacial till is found WITHIN the city limits of Fort St. John?

What will be the secondary use for the pit afterwards?

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