Carol Linnitt
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Carol Linnitt is Site Manager 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.

Entries by Carol Linnitt

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

(66) 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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Why Is Environment Canada Shutting Out the Media?

(3) Comments | Posted December 13, 2013 | 10:51 AM

An open letter to Environment Canada staff from Deputy Minister Bob Hamilton and Associate Deputy Minister Andrea Lyon says science done at the department has become an "issue...receiv[ing] attention recently," prompting the letter to provide official "perspective" on the matter.

Throughout 2013, 22 per cent of media requests...

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How Beaver Lake Cree Heats Up the Landmark Tar Sands Trial

(0) Comments | Posted November 28, 2013 | 10:56 AM

A First Nations campaign to raise funds to conduct scientific research on the cumulative impacts of the oilsands has raised more than $27,000, surpassing its original goal of $25,000. The campaign ended yesterday after a short run of two weeks.

The donated funds will go toward the Beaver...

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What Oil-By-Rail Could Do to the Keystone XL Decision

(4) Comments | Posted October 31, 2013 | 8:03 AM

A decision on the proposed northern half of the Keystone XL pipeline -- under review since 2008 -- hinges on a final environmental review by the State Department now taking into consideration the importance oil-by-rail transport might have on growth of Alberta's tar sands.

U.S. officials...

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Suppressing Our Right to Know

(2) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 6:32 PM

Suzanne Legault, Canada’s Information Commissioner, says federal officials are suppressing freedom of information in Canada.

“I am seeing signs of a system in crisis, where departments are unable to fulfill even their most basic obligations under the act,” she told a group of bureaucrats yesterday in...

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1.5M Litres and Counting: Volume of CNRL Spills Growing

(0) Comments | Posted September 20, 2013 | 3:02 AM

According to new figures released by the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) the total amount of bitumen emulsion – a mixture of tar sands heavy crude and water – released on Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.’s (CNRL) Cold Lake Site is now more than 1.5 million litres,...

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Report: Cold Lake Bitumen Leak Mishandled by Energy Regulator

(0) Comments | Posted September 20, 2013 | 2:42 AM

A draft version of a new investigative report released this week by Global Forest Watch and Treeline Ecological Research argues the series of underground leaks currently releasing a mixture of tar sands bitumen and water into a surrounding wetland and forest on the Cold...

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The Most Expensive Onshore Oil Spill in U.S. History

(9) Comments | Posted August 27, 2013 | 5:42 PM

The largest onshore oil spill in US history -- Enbridge's ruptured Line 6B that released nearly 3 million liters of tar sands diluted bitumen into a tributary of the Kalamazoo River in Michigan -- finally has an official price tag: $1,039,000,000 USD. That's according to newly disclosed...

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