Groundwater

Groundwater

Corporations getting free access to this public resource and benefiting financially with little or no return to citizens. Companies extract and sell groundwater while essentially paying nothing for the water. Fracking companies extract and pollute enormous amounts of groundwater for the oil and gas industry without fair compensation and without being held accountable for polluter pay principles.

  1. Regulate and price groundwater as a valuable public resource and limit access by industry and corporations until there is a proper public debate.

The BC government must start a public dialogue with the aim of determining a fair value charged to corporations for drinking water and for the huge industrial extractions. The fracking industry is a significant polluter of groundwater and is not being held to account.

https://www.bcwwa.org/news-4/industry-news/192-bc-auditor-general-report-on-groundwateo.html

http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/internet/English/parl_cesd_201012_02_e_34425.html

http://www.bcauditor.com/pubs/1999/report5/protecting-drinking-water-sources

Water and fracking – https://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/commentary/lng%E2%80%99s-threat-water-sustainability