27 Results for contamination

The Government of British Columbia has released an intention document that outlines potential policies to improve water management and the protection of the environment by developing livestock watering regulations under the province’s Water Sustainability Act. An intentions paper, the document proposes new regulations that would improve livestock watering practices on range…

January 12, 2018 @ 12:29pm

In its investigation report (P17H0019) released today, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) determined that the lack of detailed inspection procedures contributed to the March 2017 crude oil leak into an Alberta creek. The leak caused no injuries and no evacuation was required. During a routine verification on March 20th, 2017, Enbridge employees discovered…

December 19, 2017 @ 10:40am

The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) is moving forward with the installation of temporary ultraviolet treatment that is expected to reduce boil water notices by approximately 80 per cent. The UV system will be operational in February 2018 as an interim measure until the area’s new water treatment plant is built.…

December 11, 2017 @ 9:23am

The District of Sparwood, British Columbia has commenced work on locating a new community drinking water supply near Cummings Creek. An Environmental Assessment Report joint submission by the District and Teck earlier this fall included the replacement of Well #3. Wells #1 and #2 remain unaffected, and Teck has agreed…

November 22, 2017 @ 11:03am

A contract has been awarded to Milestone Environmental Contracting Inc. for the Victoria Harbour remediation and cleanup project. Seabed and marine wildlife health are threatened by the presence of persistent contaminants that have accumulated in the harbor. As such, the Government of Canada awarded a $5,343,787.94 contract to Milestone Environmental Contracting Inc. to…

November 03, 2017 @ 11:15am

On Wednesday, Nova Scotia’s Auditor General, Michael Pickup, released his report on the environment to the House Assembly, which includes assessments of contaminated sites and climate change. In his initial chapter, Pickup has focused on the contaminated wastewater site at Boat Harbour. The site is the result of the provincial…

November 03, 2017 @ 10:23am

Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies, the Vancouver, B.C. water cleantech firm that specializes in nutrient management solutions will be awarded a Project Excellence Award from the Water Environment Federation (WEF). The world's largest nutrient recovery facility improves the water quality of the Chicago Area Waterway System, while reducing downstream phosphorus discharges…

October 03, 2017 @ 11:26am

Canada and New Brunswick have announced a $4.5 million investment in landfill upgrades to prevent contaminated water from entering natural waterways. Karen Ludwig, Member of Parliament for New Brunswick Southwest; John Ames, New Brunswick Minister of Tourism, Heritage and Culture; and Joyce Wright, chairperson of the board of directors of…

October 02, 2017 @ 9:50am

A new filter produced by scientists at Rice University in Houston, Texas has proven able to remove more than 90 per cent of hydrocarbons, bacteria, and particulates from contaminated water produced by hydraulic fracturing operations at shale oil and gas wells. The work by Rice chemist Andrew Barron and his…

September 26, 2017 @ 11:16am

Montreal’s CSL Group (CSL)—an owner and operator of self-unloading cargo ships—has released its fourth annual Corporate Sustainability Report,detailing the company's ongoing efforts to improve its performance on a wide range of sustainability-related goals, including ballast water management. The report includes CSL's sustainability results for the 2016–17 fiscal year and covers…

September 25, 2017 @ 3:15pm

Chiefs in Atlantic Canada are expressing frustration and concern over Canada’s lack of action to address hazardous water quality in Potlotek First Nation. It’s been one year since residents of the Cape Breton Indigenous community raised serious concerns about the quality of their drinking water, and this week, the community…

September 15, 2017 @ 11:49am

Research released yesterday provides an outline for creating a cheap and durable filter for removing heavy metal from water, one gram of which is capable of filtering 83,000 Litres of water to WHO limits for heavy metal concentrations. Titled, Easily Regenerated Readily Deployable Absorbent for Heavy Metal Removal from Contaminated…

July 28, 2017 @ 9:48am

Most of the groundwater in the world that is accessible by deep wells is fossil groundwater, stored beneath the earth's surface for more than 12,000 years. However, new research, led by University of Calgary hydro-geologist Scott Jasechko and co-authored by an international team of researchers, has demonstrated that ancient water…

April 26, 2017 @ 9:21am

An accumulation of research led by William Shotyk, professor and Bocock Chair for Agriculture and the Environment at University of Alberta, has found that concentrations of toxic metals in the Athabasca River show limited signs of anthropogenic deposition. In a sequence of three research reports released between December 2016 and…

March 08, 2017 @ 9:21am

Wildands League (WL), assisted by Ecojustice lawyers, has filed a private prosecution against De Beers Canada Inc. for failing to report levels of mercury and methylmercury at its Victor Diamond Mine site in northern Ontario. WL alleges that De Beers failed to report properly on mercury levels from five out…

December 07, 2016 @ 9:24am

The International Joint Commission (IJC) has released a report recommending the governments of Canada and the United States adopt a strategy to address toxic polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in the Great Lakes to reduce risks to human health and the environment. PBDEs have been found in the Great Lakes at levels that could…

November 30, 2016 @ 9:46am

The Canadian Brownfields Network (CBN) and Actual Media Inc. will celebrate the finalists for the 2016 Brownie Awards at a gala event held at the Delta Hotel in Toronto this week. The 2016 Brownie Awards continue a long tradition of providing recognition of the builders, innovators, and visionaries who are…

November 28, 2016 @ 8:24am

After the breach of a tailing pond at Mount Polley mine, effluent from the mine was diverted to Quesnel Lake, a glacial lake from which flows the Quesnel River into the Fraser. Quesnel Lake has continued in its capacity as the outflow point for wastewater from the mine. At present,…

November 28, 2016 @ 7:47am

An investigation conducted by the Toronto Star has concluded that the walleye in Clay Lake that feeds residents of Grassy Narrows First Nation near Kenora, Ontario, has the highest level of mercury contamination in the province. Since the 1970s, Canada has worked to reduce domestic sources of anthropogenic contamination by…

November 24, 2016 @ 9:45am

Husky Oil has released a report that would suggest the cause of the pipeline leak that spilled 90,000 litres of crude into the North Saskatchewan River was related to slope instability and ground movement due to heavy rain. In its post mortem, the company provided a geotechnical investigation developed by…

November 21, 2016 @ 8:02am

A new report released today seeks to aid provincial and federal governments in determining the best areas in which to advance studies related to hydraulic fracturing and water in Canada. The report, entitled, Water and Hydraulic Fracturing: Where Knowledge can best support decisions in Canada, was issued by the Canadian…

October 06, 2015 @ 7:10am

Source Protection Plans in the Thames and Sydenham region have been approved by the provincial government, as of September 18, 2015. The water protection plans were developed by municipal and community partners. Source Protection Plans are science-based plans designed locally to protect the water quality of lakes, rivers, and sources…

September 21, 2015 @ 2:39pm

[caption id="attachment_5103" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Chief Bob Chamberlin in Oslo, Norway, May 2006. Photo by Anders Minge (via firstnations.de)"][/caption] In response to clear-cutting in British Columbia and the effect it may have on drinking water sources, Chief Bob Chamberlin is calling on Premier Gordon Campbell to "act swiftly and personally intervene…

March 04, 2010 @ 9:56am

Sixteen new projects that develop and demonstrate emerging clean technologies were awarded $53 million late last week by Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC). "The projects we are adding to our portfolio this round have great potential and they can really make a difference to the lives of Canadians," said SDTC…

March 09, 2009 @ 9:23am

The Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) and Alberta Environment are calling for feedback from stakeholders on a draft directive, which proposes new requirements for the measurement, reporting, and use of water in thermal in situ oil sands operations that will save an estimated 220.5 million barrels of fresh water over…

February 19, 2009 @ 8:25am

An eight-minute DVD on groundwater is being distributed by Conservation Ontario across the province. The Groundwater, Ours to Protect video, produced by Quinte Conservation in partnership with Loyalist College, will be available to local schools, libraries and environmental groups. It's also available online. "We're extremely pleased with the response we've…

February 09, 2009 @ 8:51am

Though Alberta's government has proclaimed it false, a new report from issued by Environmental Defence claims that over four billion litres of contaminated tailings water enters the groundwater each year as a result of oil sands operations. New projects, it adds, could expand this number to over 25 billion litres…

December 09, 2008 @ 12:23pm