Oil, water, war...
The Waukesha Water Utility hopes to avoid a lengthy process of applying for Lake Michigan water access through a compact needing approval by all the region’s states by arguing its ground water system’s connection to the Great Lakes basin and easterly flow should deem it eligible with or without the new guidelines in place.
But whether the utility succeeds in its strategy, laid out in letters sent this year to the governor’s office and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Waukesha still must gain approvals for a diversion from all eight Great Lakes governors and two Canadian provinces’ leaders, a DNR official said Friday.
This is interesting, a machine that pulls the humidity from the air and turns it into drinking water. A few are also touting the machines as a potential solution to the clean-water shortages that plague the Third World. If it became widely used in Third World Countries, I wonder if it would have any environmental impact. I have no idea, any thoughts?
It appears thehe Alberta oil sands "are in danger of getting bogged down by escalating labor and materials costs." There has been criticism that Alberta is losing money by allowing raw product from the oilsands to be shipped to the United States for upgrading, Premier Ralph Klein says he’s asked his energy minister to review the issue. But BP has already invested US$3B in a northwestern Indiana refinery to handle Canadian crude. If you read the whole article, it also mentions another possible plant in Chicago. It doesn't sound like much will come of the issue for a plant in Canada, but who knows?
There will be no direct Canadian government subsidies for the proposed Mackenzie Valley natural gas pipeline, but an ownership position is possible, says a newly appointed chief federal representative for the project.
Just days after German help in the south was ruled out, a defense ministry source says that German military aircraft are seeing action in the volatile southern region of Afghanistan.