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Cowichan Conversations: The BC Liberal Government Is Foolishly Moving To Allow Fracking On Farmland-Videos

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…)

Bill Longstaff: The Great Game—did Putin outplay the West in Crimea?

In the 19th century, the British and Russian empires’ strategic rivalry for supremacy in Central Asia was referred to as the Great Game. The game has never really ended as Russia has continued to vie with Western powers for influence and control in Central Asia and Eastern Europe. And in recent days, the Russians may have just outplayed the West in Ukraine.

Influence in Ukraine has see-sawed

Eclectic Lip: British Columbia hits 1,000 EV’s (and gov’t drops support)

image of Tesla Model S’s at a rally, from Consumer Reports

 

British Columbians have now purchased more than 1,000 plug-in electric vehicles. Add in low-speed neighbourhood electric vehicles and owner conversions, and the number will be a bit higher.

As of Jan 31, 2014 Polk research (now a division of IHS) had tracked 912 plug-in electric vehicle registrations in BC, representing about 1/6 of all PHEV registrations in Canada to date. British Columbia has about 1/8 of Canada’s population, so the numbers are largely in line with what we’d expect from the demographics.

Polk’s data doesn’t include the Toyota (Read more…)

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: More gas offshore #nlpoli

In early October, the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board issued two new significant discovery licenses to Suncor and Statoil, partners in Ballicaters.

On November 18, CNLOPB updated its offshore resource estimates to include the estimated 1.1 trillion cubic feet of natural in the Ballicaters SDLs.

That makes it the third largest gas field in the Jeanne d’Arc Basin after Hibernia (3.1 TCF) and White Rose (1.98 TCF)

-srbp-

The Disaffected Lib: What’ll It Be, Christy – Alberta or Norway?

A report came out this week concluding that British Columbia’s reserves of natural gas may be twice as great as previously thought.   The numbers, if accurate, would put British Columbia right up there with Alberta in the “money for nothing” club only our wealth would be in a windfall of natural gas whilst theirs would be in the leper of fossil fuel petroleum – bitumen.

When you come into this sort of unearned bounty, decisions have to be made.  It’s sort of like a 16-year old discovering he’s inherited ten-grand from his maiden great-aunt Tilley.  Left to his own (Read more…)

LeDaro: Fracking: Natural gas and risks

I watched a documentary on fracking by David Suzuki -The Nature of Things. It is an eye-opener that how dangerous fracking can be to the environment. It causes water pollution, air pollution and produces methane more than CO2 produced by other fossil fuels. Gas can show up in drinking water that if you put a match near your tap water/gas catches fire.

Here is a brief clip:

You can watch full documentary here.

Here is another interesting video:

 

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Time to re-think dam costs #nlpoli #nspoli

They call it Site C.

No, it isn’t a sequel to Jurassic Park or The Lost World.

Site C is a 900 megawatt hydroelectric dam project in British Columbia that BC Hydro originally estimated would cost $6.0 billion. The provincial government shielded the project from scrutiny by the provincial utilities regulator.

Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

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The Canadian Progressive: Study Finds High Levels of Arsenic in Groundwater Near Fracking Sites

A new study by researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington found elevated levels of arsenic and other heavy metals in groundwater near natural gas fracking sites in Texas’ Barnett Shale.

The post Study Finds High Levels of Arsenic in Groundwater Near Fracking Sites appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Eclectic Lip: Electron democracy

A long-belated companion to Steven Chu’s “Time to fix the wiring” essay I posted earlier, this is the white paper I co-authored for the same McKinsey & Company series. Given the roughly five-month delay in uploading this, I suppose “Time to post the writing” might be an apt subtitle…

Ever the stickler for citing sources (in university, while writing up a chemical engineering lab report, I once cited a colleague’s report I made use of, in my bibliography of sources – yes, I was a wild one) I was pleased McKinsey kept the footnote crediting the work John Robb (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Obama’s Climate Action Plan a “Full-Throttle Endorsement” of Fracking: Experts

by: Institute for Public Accuracy | Press Release:

STEVE HORN, @steve_horn1022:

Horn is a research fellow for DeSmogBlog. He wrote yesterday: “President Obama announced his administration’s ‘Climate Action Plan‘ for cutting carbon pollution in his second term in the Oval Office at Georgetown University and unfortunately, it’s a full-throttle endorsement of every aspect of fracking and the global shale gas market.

“Hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’) is the toxic horizontal drilling process via which gas is obtained from shale rock basins around the world, and touting its expanded use flies in the face of any legitimate (Read more…)

LeDaro: The Door To Hell: World’s Mysterious Places

“This place in Uzbekistan is called by locals “The Door to Hell”. It is situated near the small town of Darvaz.

The story of this place lasts already for 35 years. Once the geologists were drilling for gas. Then suddenly during the drilling they have found an underground cavern, it was so big that all the drilling site with all the equipment and camps got deep deep under the ground. None dared to go down there because the cavern was filled with gas. So they ignited it so that no poisonous gas could come out of the hole, and since (Read more…)

LeDaro: The Door To Hell: World’s Mysterious Places

“This place in Uzbekistan is called by locals “The Door to Hell”. It is situated near the small town of Darvaz.

The story of this place lasts already for 35 years. Once the geologists were drilling for gas. Then suddenly during the drilling they have found an underground cavern, it was so big that all the drilling site with all the equipment and camps got deep deep under the ground. None dared to go down there because the cavern was filled with gas. So they ignited it so that no poisonous gas could come out of the hole, and since (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: On climate change, a clear distinction between the major BC parties

By: Pembina Institute | Press Release: VANCOUVER — An assessment of climate change issues in political platforms reveals clear distinctions between British Columbia’s four major parties. Prepared by the Pembina Institute, the assessment looks at the following four election issues with implications for climate change and the province’s ability to meet its [...]

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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Ground Control to Major Tom #nlpoli

New Democratic Party leader Lorraine Michael asked natural resources minister Tom Marshall in the House of Assembly on Monday about Husky’s plans for natural gas development offshore Newfoundland and Labrador.

The story appeared in upstreamonline.com on May 3 and SRBP told you about it the same day.

Here’s what Marshall said about the article:

I have not had the opportunity to read the particular article that which she is referring to, but I would also be happy to have a discussion with the company.

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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Husky sizing up natural gas offshore Newfoundland and Labrador #nlpoli

Husky Energy is sizing up the potential of developing natural gas offshore Newfoundland and Labrador within the next decade, according to the leading petroleum industry news source upstreamonline.com.

First exports could begin in 2025, if enough resources can be certified, according to upstream. The likely export destination would be western Europe, a market very close to Newfoundland and Labrador and where prices are considerably stronger than they are in North America.

upstream’s story notes that the provincial government “quashed” any idea of using local natural gas in place of Muskrat falls, but reports that since then the “the (Read more…)

Song of the Watermelon: Bring Your Boomers: How BC Candidates Fare on Climate Change

Although the writ for the upcoming BC election won’t be dropped for another two weeks (yes, this campaign has been going on forever), I had the pleasure yesterday of attending an all-candidates meeting on climate change organized by Gen Why Media.

The forum seemed geared primarily towards the young ’uns, despite being billed by organizers as part of their ongoing “Bring Your Boomers” intergenerational dialogue series. A few older voices in the audience could be heard complaining about the darkness of the venue and the frenetic Twittercentrism of the onstage decorations. And though I am ostensibly still part of the (Read more…)

Song of the Watermelon: Vancouver Sun Letter

Please see today’s Vancouver Sun — or click here — for my latest letter to the editor. This one is about BC Premier Christy Clark’s efforts to raise government revenue via liquefied natural gas production. As regular readers might expect, I am not exactly on board.

Eclectic Lip: Our Renewable Future part 1: clearing “myth”conceptions

With Obama talking the talk on climate action in his State of the Union address yesterday, now seems a good time to start compiling a planned set of blog entries about renewable energy. Many many others have done so online already (as evidenced by the fact I’m linking to them!) but I’d like to communicate my cautiously nascent optimism in my own words.

I’m growingly confident that I’ll live to see renewables dominate global electricity production, as dominantly as oil dominates global transport today, with immense and commensurate environmental benefits.

That moment won’t come a moment too soon, either,

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The Canadian Progressive: Council of Canadians opposes west-to-east oil pipeline plan

By Council of Canadians | Feb. 11, 2013: OTTAWA – The Council of Canadians is opposed to a west-to-east oil pipeline plan being proposed by TransCanada Corp., which is supported in principle by the Harper government, and enthusiastically backed by the Alberta and New Brunswick provincial governments. The pipeline – which could move upwards of one million barrels of READ MORE

350 or bust: Oil & Gas Consultant: “No Healthy Community On the Planet Would Allow Hydraulic Fracking”

“No healthy community on this planet would allow hydraulic fracturing.” – Jessica Ernst Jessica Ernst is a scientist who has worked in the oil and gas industry. She discovered first hand the consequences of hydraulic fracturing in her town of Rosebud, Alberta, Canada. This interview was conducted while Ms. Ernst was visiting Michigan to warn [...]

Cowichan Conversations: Unist’ot’en Action Camp: Stopping Pipelines In Their Tracks

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

It struck me from the outset that the Natives were Canada’s best chance for pushback against corporate and oil and gas interests. Who else could or would stop the Enbridge Pipeline, the Keystone, the Pacific Trails Pipeline, the fracking?

The NDP today is a mere shadow of the past progressive force that it was for decades but today they essentially have turned their back on those left of centre voters.

Yes, they stand against Enbridge Pipeline but are in agreement with similar forces when it comes to fracking and they are awkwardly straddling the fence when looking

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Cowichan Conversations: Caleb Behn-One of B.C.’s Bright, Emerging Native Political Leaders (Video)

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

BC’s ever growing independent documentary film efforts are filling a void that screams for credible alternate assessments of our approach to the threats faced by the largely man made actions.

Damien Gillis of the Commonsense Canadian has been at the forefront and is a promoter of native film maker Caleb Behn’s upcoming look at the threats and impacts faced today.

Check it out and consider contributing towards the costs of bringing the ‘Fractured Land’ documentary to completion. (VIDEO)

This is a most worthwhile undertaking and well worth a few minutes of your time.

 

Eclectic Lip: The US once was, but will never again be, the Saudi Arabia of oil

The idea that the US might one day produce more oil than Saudi Arabia, popularized by an International Energy Agency (IEA) report, has gone viral in recent weeks. It’s like the “Call Me Maybe” phenomenon, but for Very Serious People! :)

Alas, the idea that the US will out-produce Saudi Arabia is a vaporous mirage. Well, unless Saudi Arabian production falls off a cliff, that is. The projections are built on the kind of verbal trickery that transformed “47% of Americans don’t actually earn enough money to pay federal income taxes” into the “47% of Americans are lazy takers”

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Eclectic Lip: Green byelection blues

Alas, the Green Party didn’t pick any seats up in the Nov 26 Canadian federal by-elections. While their strong showings probably count as a real moral victory, I imagine at this stage they’d prefer amoral, real victories. ;) As it turns out, Parliament’s composition is unchanged, “while my green heart gently weeps”. Despite donating to [...] . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: Green byelection blues

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Cabot Martin’s paper on Natural Gas #nlpoli

Few people have the depth of experience in the province’s energy policy and history than does Cabot Martin. From the mind-1970s until the early 1990s Martin was a senior advisor to the provincial government.  He was part of the team that negoti… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Cabot Martin’s paper on Natural Gas #nlpoli