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In-Sights: Vanishing revenues

With land developers, the largest funders of the BC Liberal Party are natural resource companies. They’ve contributed millions of dollars to encourage government sympathetic to their needs. No administration in the province’s history has been as sympat… . . . → Read More: In-Sights: Vanishing revenues

In-Sights: How "clean" is BC’s natural gas industry?

Methane: The other important greenhouse gas, Environmental Defense Fund:By emitting just a little bit of methane, mankind is greatly accelerating the rate of climatic change. – Steve Hamburg EDF Chief ScientistWhat is methane? Methane is the primary co… . . . → Read More: In-Sights: How "clean" is BC’s natural gas industry?

In-Sights: Gas production ↑ 85%, public revenue ↓ 90%

To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity. – Douglas AdamsDays ago, Premier Clark averred that meeting needs of children in government care is dependent on new fundi… . . . → Read More: In-Sights: Gas production ↑ 85%, public revenue ↓ 90%

In-Sights: What gas industry?

What BC gets from natural gas industry in 2015 does not even pay half the cost of Gas Development Ministry. #bcpoli pic.twitter.com/1wDCkQsbC7— Norm Farrell (@Norm_Farrell) December 11, 2015Note: Numbers from monthly summaries of Crown Petroleum … . . . → Read More: In-Sights: What gas industry?

In-Sights: LNG: a decade of oversupply

Toil ahead for oil, but expect double trouble for LNG, Angela Macdonald-Smith, Energy Reporter, Sydney Morning Herald, December 7, 2014The crude oil market is seen as being in dire straits, but liquefied natural gas is much worse, according to experts…. . . . → Read More: In-Sights: LNG: a decade of oversupply

In-Sights: When industry buys a government…

Who knew that Christy Clark would make Gordon Campbell look like an effective, if somewhat dishonest, Premier. #bcpoli— Norm Farrell (@Norm_Farrell) December 4, 2015Did gas industry get a good deal when they bought a government? You betcha! #bcpo… . . . → Read More: In-Sights: When industry buys a government…

In-Sights: Thinking of you Christy

Bloomberg Business says, “Spare a thought for anyone who bet on a recovery in liquefied natural gas prices after last year’s 45 percent plunge.”Bloomberg also says:LNG to northeast Asia, home to the world’s biggest consumers, plunged 27 percent thi… . . . → Read More: In-Sights: Thinking of you Christy

In-Sights: Ahem, indeed

A while back, I complained on Twitter that corporate media types were failing to report on the near complete disappearance of revenues from this year’s monthly sales of petroleum and natural gas rights. Northern reporter Jonny Wakefield had a quick one… . . . → Read More: In-Sights: Ahem, indeed

In-Sights: Patronage, corruption and cronyism

July’s sale of BC Petroleum and Natural Gas Rights realized little more than a million dollars, bringing the seven month total in 2015 to $8 million. In the year before Christy Clark became Premier, the total for the same months was almost $664 million. During January to July of 2008, rights sales brought in $1.6 billion, almost 200 times the amount in the current year.

When Christy Clark became leader of the BC Liberal Party, a key member of her transition team was Gwyn Morgan, a person with boardroom ties to two of the Liberals’ favourite corporations: Encana (Read more…)

In-Sights: Wild fantasies and planned deceit

It is now clear that LNG claims made by Liberals before the 2013 BC election were wild fantasies and carefully planned deceit. The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives — an organization targeted for a tax audit by the Harper Government — recently published A Clear Look at LNG. The main conclusions: Liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports from the west coast of Canada have been heralded as economic salvation for the province of British Columbia. This report undertakes a reality check that reveals several major problems with this narrative, both in the stewardship of finite non-renewable resources by provincial and federal (Read more…)

In-Sights: One other Commission of Inquiry is needed

I have no doubt the BC Liberal involvement with Big Pharma is at the root of high-level government decisions to knee-cap research into the safety and efficacy of more than $25 billion worth of pharmaceuticals sold each year in Canada.

Drug research conducted by the Health Ministry and agencies like Therapeutics Initiative threatened the financial interests of an important group of Christy Clark sponsors. Her government squeezied T.I. financially but the independent effort had too much public support for Liberals to kill it. As a result, the politicians chose a different approach to discredit drug research. That resulted in (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: New York State Bans Fracking

After years of delays and debate, New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo finally decided that the risks of fracking outweigh the rewards, bans the practice.

The post New York State Bans Fracking appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Corporate welfare: Petronas seeks billions in Canadian federal tax handouts

by: Obert Madondo Follow @Obiemad | Published Wed, Aug 13, 2014

2012 PowerShift protest in Ottawa. (Photo: OBERT MADONDO/The Canadian Progressive)

In 2012, I complained that Prime Minister Stephen Harper was turning Canada into a fully-fledged petro-state whose vast tar sands operations were owned by energy companies controlled by foreign governments. That was after the Conservatives approved the $15.1 billion takeover of Calgary-based Nexen Inc. by CNOOC, a company owned by the Chinese government.

Now imagine the same foreign-owned energy behemoth receiving billions of Canadian taxpayers’ cash in the form of federal tax relief. That’s about to be (Read more…)

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?

(Read more…)

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…)