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Great Lakes circle the drain


Fear hung thick in the Niagara Falls mist in June 2001, when the governors and premiers of the Great Lakes states and provinces pooled their collective political capital and pledged to do whatever it takes to keep outsiders from draining the world's largest freshwater resource.

The politicians who clustered near the edge of the falls had arrived from all points of the political spectrum, pushed by a public outraged over a Canadian firm's scheme to ship about 156 million gallons of Great Lakes water annually to Asia.

The Nova Group plan to haul away pieces of Lake Superior tanker by tanker had already been rejected by that time, but the fear lingered that existing laws may not hold up the next time outsiders in this increasingly thirsty world came calling for the water and regional governments tried to just say no.   more...




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