Biodiesel from plastic, economic development from water

Nova Scotia’s doing some interesting things in the area of alternative energy. They are rolling out wind farms, investing in tidal energy and now biodiesel from waste plastics.

The Nova Scotia government is investing in an expansion project that will process plastics into biodiesel. Nova Scotia Premier Rodney MacDonald announced last week that the province will invest up to $20.7 million in Minas Basin Pulp and Power Company Limited’s expansion. The company, which currently produces recycled paperboard, will build a biodiesel plastics processing plant for plastic waste.

If there is water anywhere in the Maritimes, I would recommend taking a close look at this:

Bottling companies face opposition around the U.S. as worries grow over

Bottled water, bottled juices, energy drinks, alcoholic beverages, and other products based on water are a fast growing manufacturing sector. But the little activity that we have in the Maritime Provinces is almost exclusively for the local market (there is a little beer exportation).

If, and this is a big if, there were ample supplies of water, this could be an interesting economic development driver. The wages in these plants tend to approach $18-$20/hour for line workers and other functions pay higher. There is also considerable spin off business for trucking firms and other suppliers.

I would suggest that there could be a few thousand good paying jobs (and the spinoffs) for the community that had an ample supply of water to feed these plants.

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0 Responses to Biodiesel from plastic, economic development from water

  1. Anonymous says:

    Good post, David. As in all things we seem to be a few years behind the developed world when it comes to ‘discovering’ things in NB. The water issue has already been attempted and it seems that there is a rule somewhere or a law that water taken from NB cannot be sold OUTSIDE NB. I know that this is true because there was a company from out west who wanted to drill somewhere near Sussex and build a bottling plant. The water in question was in the top 5 in the country with regard to purity but it is not permitted, it seems.

  2. David Campbell says:

    I didn’t realize that. Obviously a lack of water or specific legislation/regulation limiting its use would kibosh any development in this area. But we need to find these niches.

  3. richard says:

    ” that water taken from NB cannot be sold OUTSIDE NB”

    Obviously, the solution is to build a fake brewery, bottle the water and sell it as beer. No one south of the border would notice the difference, and by then Graham will have laid off any regulators that might nose around.

  4. mikel says:

    That’s a mighty big ‘if’. Here in Waterloo we get water from a moraine and a tiny little river, yet my parents have had more ‘boil water’ warnings than we’ve ever seen in southern ontario, which has no major water source once away from the great lakes.

    Having read that article I think that once again the major problem is a democratic one. For example, look at the guy in newfoundland who wanted to export large quantities of water. The same goes for Nestle in the californian town in that article. In other words, who here actually trusts their elected representatives enough with a resource as important as water? Just look what a fabulous job they do with the fisheries and with lumber.

    And of course who is going to trust Nestle? They SAY they aren’t going to drain the resource, but what happens if they find another source for a couple of years later? Who actually trusts government to regulate industry-again, Irving and NB are a perfect example of that.

    My point is that you guys are always bemoaning the people who fight these kinds of resource extraction industries, but people fight them for good reason. As there is less timber, there will also be less water.

    IF there were a situation where PEOPLE could actually CONTROL the resource and the amount taken from it, then perhaps some of these industries wouldn’t find such opposition, but like the guy in the article says, companies told them the same about the timber resource, and now the mill and the town are gone and all that’s left are memories.

  5. Anonymous says:

    This is true, Mikel. One wonders why stuff like this is not covered a lot in the Irving media even though I shouldnt even bother to think why.
    I see they are kicking the Royal Oaks Golf Club to death this week, I wonder what the next Irving based atrocity they are trying to deflect our attention from now.