Carol Linnitt
Carol Linnitt is Managing Editor and Director of Research for DeSmog Canada. She joined DeSmog in June 2010 as a researcher, focusing much of her time on the natural gas industry and hydraulic fracturing. As a writer and researcher Carol focuses mostly on industry public relations, misinformation campaigns, energy development, environmental policy, and wildlife.

Carol is the lead author of DeSmog's original report Fracking the Future: How Unconventional Gas Threatens Our Water, Health & Climate. Her work also led to the DeSmog micro-documentary CRY WOLF: An Unethical Oil Story and the Cry Wolf investigative series.

Carol began her environmental career writing and performing interviews for The Canada Expedition, a non-governmental sustainability initiative, and while working in dispute resolution with communities affected by resource scarcity.

Carol has a Master's in English Literature from York University where she studied political theory, natural resource conflicts, and Aboriginal rights. She also has a Master's in Philosophy in the field of phenomenology and environmental ethics. Carol is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Victoria in the English department and the Cultural, Social and Political Thought (CSPT) program.

Entries by Carol Linnitt

How the Ministry of Environment Vetoed Our Interview Request

(19) Comments | Posted March 27, 2015 | 5:53 PM

Documents obtained by DeSmog Canada reveal that Canada's Ministry of Environment vetoed an interview request on toxins in fur-bearing animals in the oilsands, even though the federal scientist was "media trained and interested in doing the interview."

The Environment Canada scientist in question, Philippe Thomas, had asked members of the...

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How Come CSIS 'Can Neither Confirm Nor Deny' Spying On Me?

(8) Comments | Posted March 3, 2015 | 4:51 PM

When I asked the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) whether it has files on me or DeSmog Canada, I got a response that's been used as a non-answer by government spokespeople and celebrity publicists for 40-plus years: We can "neither confirm nor deny" the records exist.

The intelligence body doesn't...

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Here's What Kinder Morgan's Keeping Secret About B.C. Spill Response Plans

(8) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 4:07 PM

Kinder Morgan, the company currently seeking permission to nearly triple the capacity of the Trans Mountain pipeline to carry Albertan crude to the west coast, has engaged in a protracted fight with the province of British Columbia in an effort to keep its oil spill response plans a...

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Kinder Morgan Pipeline Ruling Weakens Faith In NEB

(7) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 3:20 PM

The National Energy Board ruled in favour of Kinder Morgan Friday, allowing the company to keep its emergency response plans for the expanded Trans Mountain pipeline secret.

Kinder Morgan fought British Columbia's demands to disclose its emergency response plans for the $6.5 billion pipeline expansion that...

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Canada Keeps Skirting the Oilsands Issue at the COP20 Climate Talks

(10) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 4:45 PM

Canada is "flying under the radar" at this year's UNFCCC COP20 climate talks in Lima, Peru according to Canadian Youth Delegation member Brenna Owen.

Canada's negotiators are working hard to sidestep the issue of the country's growing greenhouse gas emissions from the oil and gas sector according to...

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What's Happening on Burnaby Mountain Should Surprise No One

(24) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 4:33 PM

The way tensions between pipeline opponents and Kinder Morgan contractors have escalated during the last week should come as a surprise to no one.

The mishandling of the National Energy Board review of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain oil pipeline and tanker proposal has created the conditions for the situation now...

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B.C. First Nations Crowdfund Over $200K To Oppose Northern Gateway

(1) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 6:20 PM

Some of the strongest legal challenges against the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline come from B.C.'s First Nations, and supporters from across B.C. are digging into their pockets to help ensure those are a success.

Pull Together, a grassroots campaign to raise funds for the legal challenges of six...

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The Strait Of Georgia Is Turning To Acid, New Research Shows

(57) Comments | Posted October 31, 2014 | 8:47 PM

"Some people call it the elephant in the room. I like to call it the blue whale in the pool," scientist Brian Kingzett told a room of naturalists this week. He was talking about the dramatic rise in ocean acidity along the B.C. coast.

As the

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Albertans Speak Up to Protect Headwaters of North Saskatchewan

(32) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 11:13 AM

Alan Ernst and his wife Madeline were world travellers for most of their adult lives. So when they decided to settle down, they gravitated back to one of the most beautiful places they’d ever seen: the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains in southern Alberta.

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Harper's New Climate PR Campaign Is Downright Orwellian

(19) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 8:28 AM

Facing criticism in the lead up to the U.N. Climate Summit, which prime minister Stephen Harper did not attend, the Harper Government released a new public outreach campaign through Environment Canada, praising the country's action on climate change.

The campaign points to

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Canada's War on Science Brings Us International Shame

(178) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 8:57 AM

A push to prioritize economic gains over basic research is endangering science and academic freedom in countries around the world, according to a new report published by a leading researchers union, the French National Trade Union of Scientific Researchers (SNCS-FSU).

The group surveyed higher education and research unions...

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B.C. Can Expect More Mount Polleys

(2) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 6:04 PM

As we pull up to the mouth of the Hazeltine Creek, where billions of litres of mining waste from the Imperial Metals Mount Polley mine spilled into Quesnel Lake on August 4, I'm thinking to myself what numerous locals have recently said to me: this shouldn't have happened.

All of...

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Fracking Waste Illegally Dumped in Dawson Creek Water Treatment System: Official

(1) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 5:54 PM

Fracking waste has been illegally dumped into the city's water treatment system on at least two occasions, according to a Dawson Creek city official.

Jim Chute, administrative officer for the city, told DeSmog Canada, illegal waste has been dumped three times and twice it was "clearly" fracking waste.

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BC Nature Files Legal Challenge Against Northern Gateway Pipeline Approval

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 2:56 PM

A new lawsuit filed Monday challenges the federal cabinet's decision to approve the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline. The suit, launched by the Federation of BC Naturalists, or BC Nature, asks the Federal Court of Appeal to allow an application that declares the pipeline's June...

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New Poll: Canadians Think Oilsands Contribute Way More to the Economy Than They Actually Do

(3) Comments | Posted July 4, 2014 | 5:11 PM

A new poll released Friday shows the majority of Canadians assume development in the Alberta oilsands has a much larger impact on nation's economy than it actually does.

According to the poll, conducted by Environics and commissioned by Environmental Defence, 41 per cent of Canadians believe the importance...

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Can University Of Victoria Lead The Way On Divesting Fossil Fuels?

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 2:55 PM

Professors at the University of Victoria (UVic) are demanding the school's administration freeze all new investment in fossil fuels and initiate a three-year divestment of all fossil fuel holdings.

The university endowment fund has approximately $21 million currently invested in fossil fuels.

In an open...

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Killing B.C. Environmental Reviews 'Not In The Public Interest'

(3) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 11:32 PM

Major natural gas projects and ski resort developments now have the option of being built in B.C. without environmental assessment after the provincial Liberal government quietly deposited two Orders in Council Monday.

The Orders -- passed without public consultation -- include changes to the Reviewable Projects Regulation under the provincial...

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New Law Officially Opens B.C. Parks To Pipelines, Drilling

(56) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 12:29 AM

A little-known bill that will drastically alter the management of B.C. parks became law this week, creating controversy among the province's most prominent environmental and conservation organizations.

The passage of Bill 4, known as the Park Amendment Act, will make way for industrial...

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Is Canada Really An 'Energy Superpower'?

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 5:21 PM

Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver attended the East Coast Energy Conference last week, where he said: "Canada is emerging as a 21st century energy superpower -- unmatched in reliability, responsibility and potential." His comments bring Canada's attempt to situate itself at the centre of North American energy security...

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Northern Enbridge Lawsuit: Caribou, Humpbacks May Legally Stand In Way Of Pipeline

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2014 | 2:03 PM

Not even a month has passed since the federally-appointed Joint Review Panel (JRP) released its official report recommending approval of the Northern Gateway pipeline, pending the fulfillment of 209 conditions. Yet already two separate suits have been filed against the integrity of the report, with groups...

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