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Opposition to shale gas development has been fueled by fears that fracking could adversely affect our drinking water resources. A just-released study from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should help douse such fears. The exhaustive, 998-page report "did not find evidence that these mechanisms have led to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources in the United States."
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Largely overlooked in the shale gas debate that has taken place in Quebec in recent years between industry proponents and environmentalist groups were the farmers who might have benefited from having natural gas wells on their land.
New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant seems poised to follow through on a campaign promise to institute a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing. News reports suggest he'll implement that moratorium before Christmas. Quite a lump of coal for the people of his province in need of additional jobs and higher incomes.
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MONTREAL - Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard says he is not interested in exploiting the province's shale gas reserves.He tells the CBC's French-language service that Quebecers are largely against hyd...
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MONTREAL - Quebec's environmental review board says shale gas exploration in the province is not worth the risk.The agency report concludes there are too many potential negative consequences to the en...
Politicians are free to ignore the science, safety and history of hydraulic fracturing. But if the incoming New Brunswick government sticks with its election promise, it will outlaw (temporarily, at least) one of the more innovative ways to extract oil and gas in the 21st century. The science and risk-reward ratio are both on the side of hydraulic fracturing. The potential for a more dynamic economy is staring New Brunswick politicians in the face.
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.
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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.
"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."
ELSIPOGTOG FIRST NATION, N.B. - The national chief of the Assembly of First Nations says Aboriginal Peoples will not support resource development at any cost after he met Thursday with leaders of a ba...
The Quebec Government announced that it will update its energy policy. Public consultations are already underway. The Government also announced a commission to study ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
I learned French in 30 days. Well not really. It's probably fairer to say I'm still trying to perfect my English.
Over two years ago I embarked on a tour of Quebec to give translated presentations on our industry to what was then quite a hostile population. Unexpectedly these presentations, while emotionally draining, were surprisingly effective.
A recent study lays the blame for the lack of success of shale gas in Quebec at industry's home page. A Canadian Press article more or less agrees.
Some people are calling the deal that transferred exploration licenses from Hydro Quebec to two Quebec junior oil and gas companies 'the theft of the century'. The terms of the deal are private.
One President said he negotiated hard to get a good deal and he was satisfied with the result. This outraged opponents. When I said on twitter it was his job to negotiate a good deal, opponents said it only showed that Questerre was arrogant also.
After ten years of industry exploration and hundreds of millions of dollars of investment the Government is for a third time changing the rules of the game and ripping up their written contractual promises. Legislation is to be presented by Quebec's minority Government to add drilling to the existing moratorium on fracking. This even though no one would ask to drill a well if they couldn't frack it.
Americans and Canadians should take note -- beyond the surface in Ohio lies an incubator and perhaps even a model for what a future energy self-sufficient North American economy might look like. This should cause Canada to worry about moving from leader to laggard economically.
The decision of the past Government of Quebec to reverse course and order a BAPE review was a financial disaster for Questerre and others. Having lost much of our stock value due to well delays, we lost most of the balance, when the BAPE stunned us with its recommendations.
I went to Toronto, New York, London and especially Oslo to explain the resource potential of Quebec. I told all who would listen how Quebec had worked for over a generation to become energy independent. I told them Questerre had an idea for natural gas that could help Quebec achieve its energy independence dreams. I was successful and convinced them to take the high risks involved and we were successful in finding one of the largest natural gas fields in North America.
FREDERICTON - New Brunswick Premier David Alward is promising to deliver a blueprint this fall that will lay out how his government plans to proceed with shale gas development, an issue that has trigg...
A First Nation in northeastern B.C. is demanding the provincial government take more precautions before awarding water licences to companies for natural gas fracking. Fracking, or hydraulic fracturin...
Several minor earthquakes in British Columbia’s Horn River Basin were caused by a controversial drilling process for natural gas known as fracking, reveals a new report. Low-level quakes recorded by N...
FREDERICTON - Three political parties in New Brunswick are calling for an immediate halt to shale gas development.The Green party of New Brunswick, the New Brunswick New Democrats and the People's All...
Obama's decision to postpone Canada's Keystone pipeline strands the oil sands indefinitely and shuts it out of the U.S. market for years, if not forever. It's being billed as a temporary setback, but it's a major and devastating development.
Peak oil as it turns out isn't about supply but rather demand. It is a concept rooted more in economics than geology. It doesn't matter if there are billions of barrels of oil waiting to be tapped from oil sands or oil shales if the prices to extract them are beyond our economies' capacity to pay.
EDMONTON - Alberta New Democrats are calling for an investigation into hydraulic fracturing.Environment critic Rachel Notley wants an independent group to research the safety of the technique, which i...
The real solutions to climate change lie with conservation and renewable energy, but because natural gas will be with us for the foreseeable future, we must do all we can to clean up practices associated with it.