Eleanor Ainge Roy (Dunedin based writer) has a piece in the Guardian referring yet another ‘rip shit and fuck you’ water scheme being prepared for NZ.
An export company is proposing to collect 800m litres a month of the “untapped” glacial waters of Lake Greaney (photo link) and Lake Minim Mere (photo link), mountainous dams that are fed by rainfall on the Southern Alps.
The pristine water, which the company Alpine Pure calls “untouched by man” would be pumped 20km downhill through an underground pipeline to a reservoir at Jackson Bay on the West Coast, where it would be processed.
From there, it would travel through a two-kilometre pipeline laid on the seafloor to a mooring, where 100,000-tonne tanker ships would be waiting to transport it in bulk to overseas markets in China, India and the Middle East.
The company already has permission to extract the water and is going through the process of getting resource consent from the Westland District Council for the pipeline.
A 20km pipeline and a 2 km pipeline, all the construction and ongoing maintenance with that, plus however many 100 000 tonne tankers every month, doesn’t quite stack up alongside notions of ‘pristine’ to my mind. But hey, investors and such like are of a different persuasion…
“We’ve had a lot of interest in this proposal from overseas companies, and a couple of times we’ve started chilling the champagne,” said Bruce Nisbet, managing director.
“Pristine water has been falling on the Southern Alps for a million years, and it would usually be wasted by flowing directly out to sea. The amount we want to take is very small.”
You get that? Water is ‘wasted’ if it ain’t in a plastic bottle on a supermarket shelf…800 million plastic bottles worth of it every month in this case.
And the Prime Minister? Well….
Prime minister Bill English has now announced the government would ask an expert water panel to investigate whether water destined for overseas exports should be charged, after mounting public pressure.
“We do accept there’s growing public concern about it, that’s why we want to refer it off to this group to look at what if any reasonable options there are,” he said.
You want to know what’s reasonable Bill? Leave. It. Alone. There you go. No need to line your mate’s pockets with ‘consultation’ fees.