Assorted content for your weekend reading.
- Amanda Connelly reports on the Alberta Federation of Labour’s latest revelations as to how the temporary foreign worker program has been used to suppress wages. And Jim Stanford reminds us that the employment picture for Canadians remains bleak even after Statistics Canada’s job numbers were revised: (F)ull-time employment is now estimated to have declined by about 20,000, instead of the original 60,000. Not exactly something to boast about. 60,000 part-time jobs were created (same as the original report). The unemployment rate is the same as the original report — and (Read more…)
Here, on the need to take downside risks into account in discussing industrial development – especially when our water, land and lives are at stake.
For further reading…- The CP and Jenni Sheppard report on the many warning signs which should have identified the causes of the Mount Polley spill before it turned a town’s water toxic. Stephen Hume rightly concludes that the spill can be traced to a lax regulatory culture. Alison Bailey’s report points out that similar ponds set up for larger mining projects could cause even more damage. And Nature Canada discusses the deliberate choice (Read more…)
Richard Hughes-Political Blogger
Several months back Cowichan Conversations contributor Don Maroc posted this story about potential LNG fracking on the island.
Stories in Nanaimo media point to an ambitious future for Duke Point expansion including facilitating the shipment of LNG to Asia.
CC readers please continue forwarding any information that you have on this issue. We must be vigilant.
A storage pond in northeast BC containing fracking fluids (Image: Two Island Films)
Republished with permission from desmog.ca
Although city officials from Dawson’s Creek won’t disclose the names of the companies involved, they are confirming that fracking waste has been illegally dumped into the city’s water treatment system on at least two occasions.
Jim Chute, administrative officer for the city, told DeSmog Canada, that illegal dumping has occurred at least three times, but twice the waste was “clearly” related to fracking.
“It has actually been on three occasions in the last 18 months where we’ve caught inappropriate materials being dumped,” (Read more…)
A fracking drill near Dawson Creek in northeast BC (courtesy of Two Island Films)
Read this July 24 Globe and Mail story by Andrea Woo on a new study which exposes one of the trade-offs associated with expanded resource development, namely an increase in violence against women.
An increase in domestic and sexual violence against women is among the troubling social impacts of resource extraction industries, according to a B.C. victims’ services association behind a new $40,000 initiative aimed at drawing awareness to the issue.
Tracy Porteous, executive director of the Ending Violence Association of B.C. (EVA BC), (Read more…)
Assorted content for your Sunday reading.
- Pierre Beaulne discusses the inequality-related problems and solutions brought into the spotlight by Thomas Piketty, and notes that they can’t simply be swept under the rug: When all is said and done, the capitalist globalization has boosted economic growth for a certain time, but has by the same token greatly increased income inequalities and exacerbated wealth concentration. Tax breaks for the highest incomes and social spending cuts have intensified the trend. In Canada, for instance, the top marginal income tax rate at the federal level has gone down from 43% in 1981 to (Read more…)
Miscellaneous material for your Monday reading.
- Paul Krugman calls out the U.S.’ deficit scolds for continuing to invent a crisis to distract from the real problems with middling growth and high unemployment. And Bruce Johnstone singles out a few of the Cons’ talking points which have somehow become conventional wisdom without having an iota of truth to them. But in case there was any doubt why the Cons aren’t being exposed to their own patent wrongness, William Watson’s (hardly people-friendly) column explains why – as Jack Mintz manages to qualify as the least corporate-biased member of a (Read more…)
BC Premier Christy Clark touts “world-class” safety for fossil fuel projects (Canadian Press)
Many times I have referred to Premier Clark’s demand that Enbridge and others have “world-class” cleanup processes in place. To repeat myself, these are “weasel words” and mean absolutely nothing. “World-class” firefighting procedures doesn’t mean the building didn’t burn down.
I was delighted to read Stephen Hume’s column in the Vancouver Sun of July 17, where he talks about “weasel words”, especially the term “world-class”, and other matters. This particular article is about fracking and in his surgical way, Hume carves up the government for it’s utter (Read more…)
By Seth Borenstein, The Associated Press
WASHINGTON – In Pennsylvania’s gas drilling boom, newer and unconventional wells leak far more often than older and traditional ones, according to a study of state inspection reports for 41,000 wells.
The results suggest that leaks of methane could be a problem for drilling across the nation, said study lead author Cornell University engineering professor Anthony Ingraffea, who heads an environmental activist group that helped pay for the study.
Drilling on a fracking well pad in Pennsylvania
The research was criticized by the energy industry. Marcellus Shale Coalition spokesman Travis Windle said it reflects (Read more…)
The New York Court of Appeals has ruled that local communities have the right to ban the environmentally-harmful practice of fracking by oil and gas companies.
The post Court Upholds Small Towns’ Right to Ban Fracking appeared first on THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE.
Watch this video from last week’s “BC LNG: Cold Gas, Hot Air” presentation and discussion in Squamish – where the proposed Woodfibre project is currently in a public comment period.
Featuring The Common Sense Canadian’s Damien Gillis on the 3 top myths surrounding BC LNG – that it’s a “clean” fossil fuel, that the financial fundamentals are strong, and that First Nations largely embrace it.
The June 27 event was hosted by local citizen group My Sea to Sky at the Squamish First Nation’s Totem Hall. The videos were produced by Tracker Productions.
Also watch introduction from local Squamish First Nation (Read more…)
The catastrophic explosion in Lac-Mégantic of a shale oil train brought the product’s volatility to the fore
Read this June 24 story from the Wall Street Journal on the volatility of shale oil around the United States – making it challenging and dangerous to process and transport.
Millions of barrels of crude oil flowing from shale formations around the country—not just North Dakota—are full of volatile gases that make it tricky to transport and to process into fuel.
Oil from North Dakota’s Bakken Shale field has already been identified as combustibleby investigators looking into explosions that followed train (Read more…)
I believe it does. Are Oklahoma Earthquakes Tied to Fracking? Answer is yes. But gas/oil companies won’t admit it.
Please watch the video here.
3.0-plus magnitude earthquakes in the midcontinental US. USGS
By Emily Schmall And Kristi Eaton, The Associated Press
AZLE, Texas – Earthquakes used to be almost unheard of on the vast stretches of prairie that unfold across the U.S. Midwestern states of Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma.
But in recent years, they have become commonplace. Oklahoma recorded nearly 150 between January and the start of May. Most were too weak to cause serious damage or endanger lives. Yet they’ve rattled nerves and raised suspicions that the shaking might be connected to the oil and gas drilling method known as hydraulic (Read more…)
Despite all the assurances by BC Premier Christy Clark that LNG is “the cleanest fossil fuel on the planet”, the evidence paints a very different picture. Check out this June 4 Climate Progress story by Joe Romm on a new report from the US Department of Energy confirming that emissions from shale gas and LNG are higher than those from coal-fired power.
An explosive new report from the U.S. Department of Energy makes clear that Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) is likely a climate-destroying misallocation of resources.
That is, if one uses estimates for methane leakage based on actual (Read more…)
Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard is putting green jobs on the back burner (Photo: facebook)
One thing Stephen Harper, Justin Trudeau, BC Premier Christy Clark and new Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard all share in common is the dated notion that economic and sustainable development are competing concepts that need to be reconciled, with great difficulty. And in hard times, the economy must take precedence.
The term reconciliation seems totally out of place when one considers that the green sectors are among the fastest growing and highest job creation sectors of our time and that this growth can only get better as nations adopt more aggressive (Read more…)
The Council of the Haida Nation (CHN) is vowing to support The Fort Nelson First Nation’s tough stand on proposed Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) development and the 600% increase in controversial shale gas fracking it would represent for their northeast BC territory.
According to The Northern View, a recent visit to Haida Gwaii by FNFN Chief Sharleen Gale was met with sympathy from the Haida audience. Gale was there to bring to light the upstream implications if CHN were to support the province’s vision for LNG development, which would also mean significant tanker traffic through Haida waters.
The chief shook (Read more…)
Abandoned gas wells like this one can continue leaking methane for years (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
Read this June 5 story by Andrew Nikiforuk in The Tyee on a new report raising concerns about leakage from Canada’s 500,000 gas wells. The Common Sense Canadian reported recently on funding cutbacks by BC’s Oil and Gas Commission for dealing with abandoned gas wells, as well as the climate implications of leaking methane.
. . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian: Canada’s 500,000 leaky gas wells threaten groundwater, health, climate
Early China coal mine
When it comes to global warming, coal is the biggest culprit in the warming of the earth.
China is taking giant strides to reduce its need for coal to generate energy by exploiting its vast shale gas reserves: Although serious obstacles remain, China is finally making progress on tapping its vast shale gas reserves, which hold the promise of a new source of clean energy for the coal smoke-choked country.
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, China holds the world’s largest reserves of technically recoverable shale gas in the world, 1,115 trillion cubic feet. (Read more…) . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Good news: China’s Fracking to reduce its use of Coal
Lisa and Bob Parr (Photo: Wise County Messenger / Joe Duty)
Read this April 23 story from the LA Times on the groundbreaking award of nearly $3 million in damages to a Texas family from fracking activity near their home.
In a landmark legal victory that centered on fracking, a middle-class north Texas ranching family won nearly $3 million from a big natural gas company whose drilling, they contend, caused years of sickness, killed pets and livestock, and forced them out of their home for months.
Tuesday’s $2.95-million civil verdict by a six-person Dallas jury is thought to (Read more…)
Business as usual.
Filed under: Politics Tagged: Corporate Folly, Corporate Greed, Fracking, Gasland, Shitting on the Public Trust, Shitting where we eat
In the keynote address kicking of her government’s second major conference on liquefied natural gas (LNG), BC Premier Christy Clark billed the resource as nothing short of “the cleanest fossil fuel on the planet.”
Clark touted LNG as a “generational opportunity” for the province’s economy, before a sold-out crowd at the Vancouver Convention Centre yesterday. Then the Liberal leader made the following extraordinary claim:
This is about our opportunity to make…the biggest contribution we ever have, as a province, to reducing greenhouse gas emissions around the globe – by powering up the economies of Asia and helping them move to the cleanest (Read more…)
Long time Cowichan activist Bill Woollam has offered this guest post critical of fracking and David Black’s refinery proposal.
Bill has his own blog that covers wide-ranging issues. It can be found here.
Bill Woollam Guest Post
I recently wrote to David Black, newspaper owner/manager, in response to his support for the oil/gas pipelines and refinement industry. After watching the ‘Gasland part 2? documentary http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96AEzQYangE, even he had to admit the toxicification of our aquifers by fracking for natural gas is, quote, “Alarming”.
In one out of every five completed hydraulic fracking shafts, the concrete which encases (Read more…)
Are you concerned about the impacts of fracking and liquified fracked gas (also know as liquefied natural gas or LNG) export? Join us for a night of powerful speakers from the frontlines of the communities facing the true impacts of LNG development.From May 21-23rd, the BC government and big oil will be converging on Vancouver to hold a large LNG summit. Come and hear the other side of the story – from Treaty 8 Tribal Chief Liz Logan, whose territory would feed LNG through fracked gas; The Common Sense Canadian’s Damien Gillis – taking a closer look at the (Read more…)