Why did the BC government repeal the Weather Modification Act ?
Everyone knows at least one person who is a chemtrail enthusiast, and usually that person is the butt of jokes. But after coming across a few items of interest, I’m not so sure it’s very funny anymore.
In a recent conversation about how bad the weather has been this summer- wet, dreary and downright tragic at times- the direction turned towards whether or not this could be prompted by some sort of weather modification. HAARP, chemtrails, cloud seeding… the different options were bantered around and then time took precedence and the conversation ended.
But my thoughts on weather modification did not, and so off to do some research to satisfy my curiosity.
What I found, left me with more questions than answers.
For example, it might surprise most British Columbians to know that in 2001, BC Hydro hired an international company, Weather Modification Inc., to conduct a feasibility study on weather modification to enhance the snowpack, thereby increasing run-off and filling reservoirs to capacity, which of course would generate more electricity when it goes through the turbines downstream.
Interesting, no? Imagine the possibilities of Hydro generation if they could increase the snowpack every year! While I could not location that study online, I did locate reference to it in another study done by the same company for the state of Wyoming ( search British Columbia on that PDF link). The reference is in regards to the amount of silver found in run-off and if the levels of concentration are harmful or not -Silver Iodide is what the clouds are seeded with to enhance precipitation.
This company appears to be no stranger to the BC government, showing up on the public accounts going back as far as 1998/99.
But what was even more interesting to discover, is that no more than 2 years after that BC Hydro feasibility study, the Weather Modification Act was repealed by none other than Kevin Falcon, who was then the very ambitious minister of Deregulation. How convenient. It was thought the act added just added an unnessecary layer of regulation on top of the federal requirements.
Under that old act, anyone wishing to initiate weather modification activities had to apply for a permit to the Minister of Water Land and Air Protection 30 days prior to the start of such activities. Now, not so much. In fact, thanks to Kevin Falcon, it is entirely left at a federal level with Environment Canada and that appears to be an iffy thing as well, according to this report from an Alberta publication, where farmers and residents are concerned about private insurance companies seeding clouds to reduce property damage :
No gov’t monitoring of weather modification
Last week Alberta Environment officials washed their hands of any responsibility, saying that if any monitoring of the activity is done it would be at the federal level and that people who call with concerns are told to contact Environment Canada.
Environment Canada hasn’t done active research in cloud seeding and “is not aware of any evidence that suggests that this process is a threat to safety,” wrote Henry Lau, spokesperson for Environment Canada in an e-mail. He said any citizens who have concerns should contact the company that conducts cloud seeding.
But when contacted by the Gazette last week, Terry Krauss of Alberta Severe Weather Management Society said there’s nothing to be concerned about and that only a small amount of chemicals are used.
MP Blake Richards said he hasn’t received many complaints about cloud seeding but is encouraging people with concerns to contact his office.
“From the amount of research I have been able to do there doesn’t appear to be any safety concerns,” Richards said, adding that he’s still trying to figure out who is responsible for regulating weather modification.
“My understanding would have been it would be the province but I am looking into that.”
The Weather Modification Information Act requires any person engaged in weather modification activities in Canada to inform an administrator – but who that is hasn’t been pinpointed by Alberta Agriculture, Alberta Environment, Environment Canada, the premier’s office or Richards.
Wow. And this was my experience today calling first the Environment Canada offices back east, and then our local communications office. No one really seems to know what, or who is in charge of monitoring, regulating or enforcing. And that alarms me when I go back to look at that 2001 snowpack augmentation feasibility study commissioned by BC Hydro.
It an age where companies exist- and Weather Modification Inc, is but just one – that have become expert at manipulating mother nature, why would our government repeal an act that would at minimum, keep track of such activity? Clearly, the BC hydro study establishes a benefit to weather modification, at least for them, but think about other applications. The Ministry of forests was a client of the same company. 2010 was the worst forest fire season from the last 12 years, that left the budget decimated. Another hot dry year could leave the vast dry areas of beetlekilled timber still standing a virtual firestorm with damage and firefighting costs in the billions. Would the ministry look to seeding clouds to increase rainfall to prevent such an occurance from happening again? If BC Hydro wanted to increase the snowpack, why wouldnt they?
I’ve got some calls out to determine just who is in charge at the federal level and how/if they monitor and track weather modification activities, and will update when I hear back. Until then, think about where you stand on this issue, and what else we don’t know about our governments activities.