Doesn’t look like an accident

The best designed effluent systems aren’t immune from human errors and break-downs which can lead to accidental discharges in the wrong place.

That doesn’t make it right but it could be a mitigating factor if damage is done.

However, if the facts of this case as reported are true, it doesn’t look like an accident:

Lloyd disconnected an open pipe from a blocked irrigator and placed it under trees nearby, allowing the effluent to discharge for four days before the pipe was found by Environment Canterbury (ECan) staff.

Unfortunately this enables opponents of dairying to tar all farmers with the same dirty brush.

7 Responses to Doesn’t look like an accident

  1. Richard says:

    I assume you are referring to this?

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/6250771/Deliberate-pollution-hits-12m-clean-up-of-Lake-Ellesmere
    Unfortunate for good farmers

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  2. robertguyton says:

    Why do you say opponents of dairying will ‘tar all farmers with the same dirty brush”?
    It seems to me that the response will be “There. That proves that the industry causes harm to the environment even when best practice is promoted, because there continue to be dairyfarmers who will do this sort of thing.”
    Was a steam running green as a result of this guy’s actions?
    Saying “He’s just a rogue” doesn’t help the fish in a stream that has been poisoned by that sort of action. Opponents will also ask “How often does this happen and go undetected” and ” what is the net result on the environment of this sort of event?”
    Fair questions and assumptions, eh, Ele!?

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  3. robertguyton says:

    “unfortunate”, Richard?

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  4. ploughboy says:

    as a dairy farmer i find his actions disgusting and the fine to light.

    i am also waiting to hear that wellington city council will be going to court over putting sewage into lyall bay.if i put effuent into a stream in the same situation i sure would be

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  5. homepaddock says:

    Richard – I forgot to put a link, I’ve done that now. The one you gave is an update on the one from which I quoted.

    Robert – almost everything everyone does has an impact on the environment. The net result of this event is awful pollution which will cost millions to clean up.

    Does that mean there should be no dairying at all? No.

    Does it mean everyone involved in the industry should do everything possible to prevent accidents, protect waterways and minimise any negative environmental impacts of their farming practices and to work within the law? Yes.

    Ploughboy – two wrongs don’t make a right but yours is a good point – pollution from farms appears to be treated more strictly than that from urban areas.

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  6. ploughboy says:

    urban pollution is the elephant in the room for the greenies.the avonand,heathcote rivers( pre earthquake) and the lieth river in dunedin are in worse shape than rural rivers

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