Hefler Forest Products Ltd., located on the bank of the Sackville River (close to Webber Lake, on the Lucasville Road)(See Google Maps: https://maps.google....ova Scotia&z=16 ), has received approval from the Nova Scotia Government for it's Bio-Mass Project. (See Chronicle Herald: http://thechronicleh...k-from-province ).
The combined heat and power plant will be fueled by sawmill residue under a plan approved by Natural Resources.
So, let's just take a little time to look at the effects of this decision and then multiply it by the number of these proposals that our Provincial Government seems to be "Green Lighting" and even promoting around the Province.
The first thing that comes to my mind is Air Quality. I have recently developed a serious respiratory problem. Until now, I was fairly ignorant of air quality effects on people with respiratory diseases. Most people that don't have one or don't have somebody close to them, with one, are simply unaware of the effects air quality can have.
In my case, to put it as simply as possible, any type of "smoke" (BBQ, wood stove, forest fire, smokehouse, etc) takes my breath away. I become congested and breathing becomes VERY difficult. My situation is not as serious as that of some.
So you can imagine the idea of these Bio-Mass burners spread across the Province, all burning vegetation, is a concern to myself and a large number of others.
I wonder where the NS Lung Association is during these approval hearings? (My next email, by the way.)
Should all of these "Projects" get approval, how will this effect our air quality?
Let's move on to the bigger picture.
What effect does Bio-Mass burning have on the environment?
This would seem like a simple question, that say, Natural Resources or Environment Departments might ask....Right?
Well it doesn't take much effort to find some disturbing and (frankly) quite obvious information on the topic.
Bio-Mass Burning: http://earthobservat...BiomassBurning/
In this article, we learn among other things:
Since fires produce carbon dioxide, a major greenhouse gas, biomass burning emissions significantly influence the Earth's atmosphere and climate. Biomass burning has both short- and long-term impacts on the environment. Vegetation acts as a sink—a natural storage area—for carbon dioxide by storing it over time through the process of photosynthesis. As burning occurs, it can release hundreds of years worth of stored carbon dioxide into the atmosphere in a matter of hours. Burning also will permanently destroy an important sink for carbon dioxide if the vegetation is not replaced.
Hmmmm. That doesn't sound all that environmentally friendly. You might want to read this entire article. Including the links (in blue).
Here is a very informative Paper (PDF) on THE HARMFUL IMPACTS OF BIOMASS ENERGY GENERATION:
UNDERMINING THE FIGHT AGAINST GLOBAL WARMING - http://massenvironme...t from MEEA.pdf
Simply a "must read" for anyone interested in how this Bio-Mass Energy idea will effect our environment.
I find this quote (from the above link) to speak volumes:
Incredibly, biomass emits as much PM (Particulate Matter) as coal, 1.5 times as much carbon monoxide (CO, a toxic air pollutant), and 1.5 times as much CO2 (the most important greenhouse gas) as coal.
But, I thought this was a "Greener and sustainable" energy solution? Mr. Dexter? Mr. Belliveau? Mr. Parker? Anyone?
Anyone want to comment on this "renewable energy" solution?
Here's another interesting article: Biomass Burning - Worse than Coal - http://blog.environm...-worse-than-co/
And the material just keeps coming. I could list dozens of studies and articles on the "environmental effects of biomass burning", or (if you are interested) Google Search the term quoted in red, above, for your own results.
Again, we have the Government that is going to "protect and conserve" 12-13% of our Province's wilderness approving the proliferation of these Biomass operations. The ones that will pollute our air quality and pump tonnes of particulate matter into our atmosphere providing such wonderful benefits as: carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, methane, non-methane hydrocarbons, nitric oxide, methyl chloride, and various particulates.
This of course will add to the acid precipitation; further poisoning our fresh water, environment and destroying aquatic life.
Yeah, I can see how the ass-hatted Government might see this as sustainable, renewable, "green" or a good idea.
However, this will make it hell on Earth for some and surely end badly for the environment. But hey, that will be somebody else's problem, because these arseholes won't be around to have to deal with it.
People, it's time to start to fight for what you believe in before you are all sitting on a moonscape wondering what happened. It's getting out of control.