Friends of the Richelieu. A river. A passion.

"Tout cedit pays est fort uny, remply de forests, vignes & noyers. Aucuns Chrestiens n'estoient encores parvenus jusques en cedit lieu, que nous, qui eusmes assez de peine à monter le riviere à la rame. " Samuel de Champlain

"All this region is very level and full of forests, vines and butternut trees. No Christian has ever visited this land and we had all the misery of the world trying to paddle the river upstream." Samuel de Champlain

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Hydro-Québec et ses barrages: une énergie verte?

L'OBNL Project Laundry List fera une présentation le 6 juillet à Concord, au New Hampshire, afin d'informer les gens sur la soit-disant énergie verte d'Hydro-Québec.

En effet, le Vermont a avalé la soupe d'écoblanchiment d'Hydro-Québec et perçoit l'électricité hydro-électrique comme de l'énergie renouvelable. Afin de recevoir cette manne supposément verte, des lignes de haute tension vont bientôt couper les montagnes et les forêts de la Nouvelle Angleterre.

La présentation diapos va expliquer la construction des barrages, des tonnes de béton qui perturbent à jamais la faune et la flore aquatique des rivières sauvages, formant des réservoirs qui atteignent la superficie de certains états des USA, innondant des forêts et réintroduisant du mercure dans la chaîne alimentaire, contaminant les poissons et les humains qui les consomment. Et ce massacre environnemental afin de faire de l'exportation d'électricité vers les consommateurs du Massachusetts et du Connecticut qui pensent consommer une électricité bénigne.
"Is Hydro-Quebec About to Divide New Hampshire?
A presentation of facts and circumstances

Project Laundry List invites members of the public to a slide-show and presentation about hydroelectric dams in Northern Quebec and its plans to deliver electricity to New England markets as "green power."

What: Is HQ About to Divide NH?
Where: The Conservation Center (at SPNHF), 54 Portsmouth St, Concord, NH
When: Tuesday, July 6, at 7 PM

Participants and attendees will learn about man-made reservoirs the size of whole US States, plans to dam the North for more power that will get consumed in Massachusetts and Connecticut, and schemes to split the New England region with transmission lines, despite unavoidable, massive transmission losses and the need to cut a new right-of-way through New England's forests.

"Vermonters, their newspapers and public radio station have been following these developments for months," said Lee. "When is New Hampshire going to start paying attention?"

This month Vermont, the only New England state without a renewable portfolio standard (RPS), decided to qualify large hydro as renewable, green power. A Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate is now angling to see all of New England change their standards, according to his platform.

"Thanks to Gov. Douglas and the VT legislature, the flood-gates have been opened," said Lee. "How long will it be before NU/PSNH announces plans to contribute conservation lands so that they can help Hydro-Quebec construct a major transmission line through the heart of our state? What will this mean for small-scale renewables development across the region?"

Project Laundry List Executive Director Alexander Lee has paddled the Rupert River, which was just dammed, five times and wrote extensively about the Northern Quebec hydro projects completed prior to the early 1990s. He has presented to the New Hampshire conservation community and to the Science, Technology, and Energy Committee of the NH House on this topic.

Project Laundry List is making air-drying laundry acceptable and desirable as a simple and effective way to save energy. It is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization which aims to demonstrate that personal choices can make a difference for the Earth and its people."

From News Advisory of Project Laundry List. Their Website is here:

To read more on how Vermont got to swallow Hydro-Quebec's greenwashing: . Thanks Nathalie for the links!

The long-term effects of hydro-electric dams in Quebec rivers can be felt for a long time. The power dam in my town was torn down in 1965, but I'm still waiting for the river to regain its natural beauty. Witness the picture above with the signs and the fence preventing us from enjoying the swimming hole I knew 50 years ago! If one house in every town could cover its roof with solar panels and sell its surplus to Hydro-Quebec without prohibitive inspection charges, new hydro-electric dams would not have to be built, and old ones could be demolished too!

1 comment:

  1. The information about the new transmission line proposed to run through NH, from HQ to Deerfield, NH, and then into the power grid, was just recently made known to the public in northern NH. Most residents were not informed of these plans prior to Oct. 15, 2010, even though discussions have apparently been in the works for two years...or longer. I can assure you, as a resident of northern NH, the people here do NOT want this transmission line. And we are working on measures to prevent it from coming through our communities. We are in complete sympathy with the residents of Canada, who have seen their rivers dammed, and lands taken....we do not want to see our natural landscapes destroyed either.