Fracking

Posted on October 30, 2013

Hupacasath Update
With the help of fundraising efforts across Canada, the Hupacasath First Nation will launch an appeal after their first court challenge to the Canada-China investment treaty known as FIPA was dismissed in August.

Those opposed to the treaty are wary of the powers it could give to Chinese business and the secrecy of private arbitration hearings. Since treaty making is a royal prerogative and parliamentary debate is not required, the Hupacasath and other critics are calling it undemocratic.

Posted on November 11, 2014

A landmark lawsuit that challenges the lax regulation of hydraulic fracturing in Canada has just scored a major victory.

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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 November 04, 2014

Aerial view of a fracking wastelandThe government of British Columbia has extended more than $1 billion in the form of tax credits to largely foreign-owned oil and gas companies fracking vast expanses of northern B.C. over the last five years.

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Posted on October 24, 2014

fracking water contaminationA team of U.S. and French scientists say they have developed a new tool that can specifically tell when environmental contamination comes from waste produced by hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking.

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Posted on October 01, 2014

HALIFAX - The Nova Scotia government introduced legislation today that would place an indefinite moratorium on high-volume hydraulic fracturing for onshore oil and gas from shale deposits.

But the legislation would provide an exemption for fracking used for testing and research purposes.

Energy Minister Andrew Younger says the amendments to the Petroleum Resources Act will not provide a loophole for the shale gas industry.

Posted on September 08, 2014

Dan Leger joins the Chronicle Herald chorus in support of fracking—the editorial board and columnists Roger Taylor, Gail Lethbridge, Marilla Stephenson, and Bill Black have all crooned in support of fracking, with only columnist Ralph Surrette singing off-key.

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Posted on September 03, 2014

Nova Scotia will introduce legislation to prohibit high-volume hydraulic fracturing for onshore shale gas this fall, Energy Minister Andrew Younger said Wednesday. 

The decision follows an independent panel review that recommended the government proceed slowly. Younger said the ban is not permanent, but would not say how long it will last. 

“There’s nothing that’s going to happen in five years or 10 years that we can point to,” he told CBC News. “We’re prepared to open this up if a community approaches us and is prepared to look at this.”

Posted on June 25, 2014

June 6, 2014

The oil and gas extraction method known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, could potentially contribute more pollutants to groundwater than past research has suggested, according to a new study in ACS’ journal Environmental Science & Technology. Scientists are reporting that when spilled or deliberately applied to land, waste fluids from fracking are likely picking up tiny particles in the soil that attract heavy metals and other chemicals with possible health implications for people and animals.  

Posted on June 25, 2014

June 6, 2014

The oil and gas extraction method known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, could potentially contribute more pollutants to groundwater than past research has suggested, according to a new study in ACS’ journal Environmental Science & Technology. Scientists are reporting that when spilled or deliberately applied to land, waste fluids from fracking are likely picking up tiny particles in the soil that attract heavy metals and other chemicals with possible health implications for people and animals.  

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