From “The Abundance of Less Lessons in Simple Living from Rural Japan by Andy Couturier

From “The Abundance of Less Lessons in Simple Living from Rural Japan" by Andy Couturier

Pages 264-265

“Sooo..” I begin to ask him, a bit apprehensive, not wanting to be insulting, “Gufu-san, why write all this stuff down?”

Unperturbed, he replies simply, “To make a record. If you don’t record things, you start to lose your sense of the place. It’s also interesting when you talk to other people, or when I want to look up something later. But it’s mostly just to make a record, even if I don’t use the information.”

“Yes, but how do you decide which things to write down?”

“Whatever is possible to write down, I write. How much the bus cost. How much the movie was, or how much the hotel was.”

“But why?” I ask.

“I didn’t have any purpose in doing it.”

No purpose? Perhaps I’ve been too attached to all my own actions being done for a reason. Utilitarianism is so deep in my culture I don’t even notice it. Listening to Gufu it occurs to me that it may not be so good to be always reaching ahead in time. Sitting here with my friend in a farmhouse in the mountains of Japan, I find my way of seeing the world start to deepen and change. All these little, unlooked-at details create the fabric of memory. By writing them down, we are refusing to let the experiences of our lives get subsumed in the tsunami of time, the onrush of the next, and the next, and the next. I think of so many travelers (myself included) zipping from one location to the next, taking photos of scenery or a building. Have I been missing the beautiful in the obvious?

Gufu is showing me--not that he’s trying to show me anything--that the whole world can come alive with these tiny details, ephemera, you might call them. But not just a generalized “world,” but a specific world, an India of a particular time, and, as it happens, an India that is disappearing every day.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Regulator has legal immunity------------"It is worrying that citizens are unable to hold the energy regulator accountable for failing to protect citizens from the harmful impacts of fracking," Cory Wanless, a lawyer for Ernst said in a release Wednesday.

here is the road where the signs are mysterious

you are to move forward
for looking back
will cost you
what you have gained

keep going
is the only refrain

should you hurt
about the scars
that were given to you
by the government
(the people we trusted
with our children)
do not fret
these are scars
that are to be shown
as evidence
of the negligence
of the Tories
and their oil industry buddies

these adhesions
will not endure
they will be cut 
by us 

do not fret

 the future  is coming fast 

you are simply to keep the faith

we believe in you Jessica

and should you falter
lean hard
on us
because we believe
in you

we no longer believe
in the Tories
at all levels

and we understand
that they have dismissed this case
because the evidence is present
for your case

 we see the proof of the corruption
of the judicial system

for we have the evidence 
that the water was pure
before they came
to frack Rosebud, Alberta 

and so how
will they explain
burning water
after the fracking
was done by EnCana?

how did the gas come
to Rosebud wells
without the help of EnCana?

more importantly
we should ask these questions:
why does the government of Alberta
not protect the children?

why are there no consequences
for the government's regulatory agency
for harming the citizens?

why do they operate
as above the law of the land?

do we live in China
or Nigeria in Canada?

are we ruled by bitumen masters?
are we then bitumen slaves to be damaged
as they will?

and if so 
when will this all end?

here is the road
we are to walk (not run) each day

we are to take each step
as if the road was mined
(which it is)

and holding hands
with us   ---   Jessica
you are to keep going

we are watching them
Thursday, October 10, 2013

Regulator has legal immunity

The Canadian Press

Published: Thursday, October 10, 2013
An Alberta woman has lost a round in her legal battle against the contentious process of hydraulic fracturing.
Jessica Ernst launched a $33-million lawsuit against the Alberta government, the province's energy regulator and Encana.
She claims gas wells fracked around her property in southern Alberta unleashed hazardous amounts of methane and ethane gas and other chemicals into her water well.

An Alberta Court of Queen's Bench judge has ruled Ernst can't sue the regulator because under provincial law it is immune from private legal claims.
Ernst says she plans to appeal the ruling, and says the lawsuit against Encana and the provincial government will proceed.
In its statement of defence, Encana denies all of Ernst's allegations.
"It is worrying that citizens are unable to hold the energy regulator accountable for failing to protect citizens from the harmful impacts of fracking," Cory Wanless, a lawyer for Ernst said in a release Wednesday.
Hydraulic fracturing involves pumping water, nitrogen, sand and chemicals at high pressure to fracture rock and allow natural gas or oil to flow through wells to the surface.
In his ruling, Chief Justice Neil Wittmann dismissed an application by the Alberta government to remove some other parts of Ernst's lawsuit that involve the province.
Wanless says the Alberta government has not filed a statement of defence in the case.

The AER has more than the privileges of a foreign nation---in Alberta---this agency gets diplomatic immunity and criminal immunity.  But when will we have a regulator that has balls and prosecutes big oil for criminal contamination of our water supplies? When will we get a regulator that won't put up with incompetence from its own employees? I'd say in three years time when we fire this government and hire new folks.

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