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Posted on January 01, 2014

 As you will all remember, TEPCO’s plans for decontaminating the ever increasing amounts of radioactive water accumulating at Fukushima depend upon their ALPS decontamination system. Recently the first hot runs of this system commenced and now a report has been issued in Japanese only on Nov 29.

Posted on December 29, 2014

hotspringBC may have a “Trillion Dollar Opportunity,” and it is NOT LNG.*  There are more than 150 known hot springs in Western Canada and most of the high generation temperature areas are in BC. According to Alison Thompson, Chair of the Canadian Geothermal Association, there is more than enough geothermal energy to power the province’s grid, yet none of these sites have been developed.

Posted on November 05, 2014

Last year on July 4, North Dakota oil and gas billionaire, Harold Hamm just couldn’t contain his patriotic enthusiasm. In an op-ed commentary published by Forbes, Hamm wrote, “America has a long history of achieving the impossible.  We defeated the British. We landed on the moon.  We invented the Internet. And now we can add horizontal drilling to the list of American innovations that have changed the world forever.”

Posted on August 28, 2014

Peace River“Don’t lose that Toyota!”
We’d first noticed the silver Toyota on the main drag in downtown Quesnel. We’d spotted it again in Prince George, just ahead of us at a red light. A red canoe sat on the rack, and the rear bumper was a collage of environmental stickers. “Bet you they’re going to the Paddle,” I said. “Let’s keep them in sight and ask them when they stop for gas.”

Posted on May 28, 2014

One hundred thousand is the magic number of jobs that the BC government predicts the Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) industry will create. The employment projections are based on five LNG plants operating by 2020. So far, none of the multinational companies considering building LNG plants in BC has made a final investment decision, but Premier Christy Clark has been busy putting strategies in place to prove BC will have the manpower when needed. But the numbers are not adding up.

Posted on April 12, 2014

A Northern Gateway Open House event enabled many people to ask tough questions about the oil sands pipeline.

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Posted on March 11, 2014

Yukon
Community opposition to fracking was spurred by an application submitted by the Chinese company, Northern Cross, in 2010. There is currently no fracking underway in the Yukon, but Northern Cross has been conducting 3D seismic testing. The Council of Yukon First Nations passed a resolution in July 2013 declaring traditional territories “frack-free.” A Standing Committee of the Yukon Legislative Assembly is accepting public comments about fracking, and will report on its findings and recommendations on a policy approach to hydraulic fracturing in the Yukon during the 2014 spring sitting.

Posted on March 11, 2014

Hydraulic fracturing – commonly called fracking – may well become the political issue that polarizes Nova Scotians this year.
The practice has already generated huge controversy elsewhere in Canada, the US and Europe, and now it is raising political concerns both on mainland Nova Scotia and on Cape Breton Island, where industrial contamination and costly remediation are fresh in everyone’s memory.

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