It’s a shame that the U.S.-Canada border happens to divide most of the Great Lakes, because America is really messing them up.
When people started noticing a mysterious sheen on the surface of Lake Ontario recently, the U.S. Coast Guard launched an investigation, according to CTV News. What they found was that the sheen could be traced back to a Nuclear Power plant in–wait for it–New York. Turns out that 20 to 30 gallons of oil managed to leak out of a vent at the Fitzpatrick Nuclear Power Plant, where it entered the water. So thanks for that, America.
The plant has since taken steps to prevent any further discharges, although it’s unclear what impact the sheen will have on the local environment.
This news, by the way, comes after eight U.S. governors granted the small town of Waukesha, Wis., the right to divert about 31 million litres of water per day from Lake Michigan. Granted, that’s practically a drop in the bucket, and the town has promised to return the same amount of water back into the lake in the form of treated wastewater. But still, experts warn that this could set a dangerous precedent for other drought-struck municipalities in the U.S.
Who knows, maybe it’s time we built a wall on our side of the lakes.