Canada Fracking

Nova Scotia Should Not Ban Fracking

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 09.21.2014 | Canada Business
Kenneth P. Green

No reasonable person would dismiss the risks of hydraulic fracturing for gas and oil out of hand. The processes certainly have the potential to cause a variety of environmental ills if done improperly. However, no rational person would fail to understand that Canada's economic wellbeing is tied to the production of fossil fuels, particularly clean-burning natural gas.

Where Political Parties Stand on Shale Gas

Sujata Dey | Posted 09.22.2014 | Canada Politics
Sujata Dey

As shale gas has become the defining election issue for New Brunswickers going to the polls Monday, the Council of Canadians, along with several allies in the anti-shale gas movement, released the results of a questionnaire sent to all parties asking them to clarify their positions.

Nova Scotia Opts for High Taxes Rather Than Fracking

Mark Milke | Posted 09.09.2014 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

From the fur trade to fisheries and forests, Canada was built on the toil and sweat of those who wanted to prosper. But these days, it's harder to create opportunity. And sometimes, government is to blame. The latest example comes from Nova Scotia.

Fracking Ban Could Hurt Nova Scotia Economically, Oliver Says

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.04.2014 | Canada Business

TORONTO - Nova Scotia could be missing out on an economic opportunity by banning high-volume hydraulic fracturing, federal Finance Minister Joe Oliver...

Nova Scotia To Ban Fracking

CBC | Posted 09.03.2014 | Canada Business

Nova Scotia will introduce legislation to prohibit high-volume fracking this fall, Energy Minister Andrew Younger said Wednesday.  The decision fol...

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

Carol Linnitt | Posted 08.05.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Carol Linnitt

"The situations we've encountered in every case has been an independent contractor to a company who signs on to a company [saying] they will dispose of the waste in an appropriate manner...and then behave badly, try to save themselves some money by coming to our dump instead of going to the proper spot."

An 'Epic' LNG Battle Pits Squamish Against B.C. Liberals

G. Elijah Dann | Posted 09.09.2014 | Canada British Columbia
G. Elijah Dann

We all have busy lives. And that's exactly how the more mischievous of politicians like it. A busy, distracted, and somewhat plump populace who, even if they find out about a government program they don't like, won't quite be able to find the time, energy, or solidarity to do battle. In the case of B.C. Premier Christy Clark and her grandiose LNG dream, that's the modus operandi.

We Need To Ask Tough Questions About Moncton

Mark Taliano | Posted 08.21.2014 | Canada Politics
Mark Taliano

Fear of a re-occurrence of a similar incident could make a population more amenable to police state security, including the loss of freedoms, in exchange for perceived protections. Police state measures would likely include increased surveillance, normalization of lock-downs, plus more and better police armaments: a ramping up of the police-industrial complex.

Simple Math for Teachers: Economic Growth = Higher Wages

Jordan Bateman | Posted 08.18.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

Whatever the final government deal is with the B.C. Teachers Federation (BCTF), and whenever it's settled, the BCTF must quit opposing economic growth if it ever hopes to accomplish its long-term salary and class size goals.

Like So Many Bad Things, Oil Spills Are Good For the Economy

David Suzuki | Posted 08.11.2014 | Canada
David Suzuki

Destroying the environment is bad for the planet and all the life it supports, including us. But it's often good for business. But the massive costs of dealing with a pipeline or tanker spill and the resulting climate change consequences will far outweigh the benefits.

Please Don't LNG Us: An Open Letter To Christy Clark

G. Elijah Dann | Posted 07.27.2014 | Canada British Columbia
G. Elijah Dann

You can still go on road trips. But instead of visiting China, why not visit those countries that are heavily investing in sustainable, renewable resources? You wouldn't have to go far. Just a quick trip to California. With "the world's eighth-largest economy in 2013," accepting that climate change is a reality -- it is quickly moving away from its dependency on fossil fuel. Certainly B.C. could follow suit.

It's Your Earth. Defend It From the Impacts of Extreme Energy

Cameron Fenton | Posted 06.26.2014 | Canada Impact
Cameron Fenton

Climate change is an environmental crisis like nothing we've ever faced because it transcends environmentalism -- it is not a fight against pollution, but a fight against polluters. It is a struggle to change the economic and political systems that uphold business as usual. The climate movement needs more out of each us -- we can't simply click, sign or wish this problem away.

Minister Warned Of LNG Emissions

CP | Dene Moore, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.20.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - British Columbia Environment Ministry staff have warned their minister that the province's dreamed-of liquefied natural gas industry poses...

Squamish on the Precipice: Saying 'No' to LNG

G. Elijah Dann | Posted 06.18.2014 | Canada British Columbia
G. Elijah Dann

We were told how other towns that accepted this industrial turn now look. It's not pretty. "Drive through some of those towns," we were told. See for yourselves what industry has delivered. Smell the air. Look around. See what these oil and gas facilities have done to communities.

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

Carol Linnitt | Posted 06.15.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Carol Linnitt

"Environmental assessments are supposed to allow the public and regulators to better understand and avoid potential risks. Removing the requirement for an environmental review is not in the public interest," said lawyer Jessica Clogg.

FRACKING DID IT

CP | Julie Carr Smyth, The Associated Press | Posted 06.11.2014 | Canada Business

COLUMBUS, Ohio - State geologists in Ohio have for the first time linked earthquakes in a geologic formation deep under the Appalachians to gas drilli...

B.C. Shellfish Die-Off Illustrates A Future We Must Avoid

DeSmog Canada | Posted 05.25.2014 | Canada British Columbia
DeSmog Canada

By continuing to promote the extraction and export of coal, tar sands, and fracked gas instead of sustainable sectors in B.C., our government is making a political choice to prioritize short-term profits over renewable industries. Let's work together to develop a smart and creative strategy to transition away from fossil fuels and toward a low carbon economy

B.C. Govn't Issued Illegal Water Permits For Fracking: Lawsuit

CP | James Keller, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.17.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A pair of environmental groups allege the British Columbia government is skirting its own laws by allowing energy firms to spend years usi...

Stop Trading Precious Water For Fossil Fuels

David Suzuki | Posted 04.21.2014 | Canada
David Suzuki

Drought and fracking have already caused some small communities in Texas to run out of water altogether, and parts of California are headed for the same fate. As we continue to extract and burn ever greater amounts of oil, gas and coal, climate change is getting worse, which will likely lead to more droughts in some areas and flooding in others.

Pete Seeger: "From Way Up Here the Earth Looks Very Small"

David Suzuki | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada
David Suzuki

Pete Seeger, who died January 27 at the age of 94, inspired generations of political and environmental activists with songs. Like me, he was inspired by Rachel Carson's 1962 book Silent Spring to become a strong defender of the environment as well as human rights.

Fracking Here An Unregulated Free-For-All: NDP

CP | Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.06.2014 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - Alberta New Democrats say newly released documents show fracking has become an unregulated free-for-all in the province with no regard for ...

Fracking Causes Gonorrhea (and Other Economic Myths)

Mark Milke | Posted 03.02.2014 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

My colleague Kenneth Green and I wrote about how by approving fracking for oil and gas, some provinces might generate extra dollars for their provincial coffers. And the response from someone at the Halifax chapter of the Sierra Club? That fracking has caused "a 62 per cent increase in sexually transmitted infections."

Climate Change Could Throw Atlantic Canada into Chaos

David Suzuki | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada
David Suzuki

We sometimes too easily overlook Canadians in the Maritimes and Newfoundland and Labrador -- coastal regions, like ours, on the front lines of climate change. Atlantic Canada faces risks if climate change is left unchecked, with more severe storms causing surging tides, flooding and widespread coastal erosion.

Encana In Hot Water

CP | Dene Moore, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A coalition of environmental groups has filed court action against British Columbia's Oil and Gas Commission and energy company Encana Cor...

Reality Check: The B.C. LNG Hyperbole

Andrew Weaver | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Andrew Weaver

In what has to be one of the most bizarre and misleading press releases I have ever seen, the B.C. government issued a report in reference to the province's Montney Formation, that claimed: "this potential [natural gas] supply can support development and LNG export operations for more than 150 years". Let's take a closer look at this 150 year number.