LNG - Fracking

20/10/14
Author: 
Steve Horn and Alexandra Tempus

On September 8, a Texas state regulatory agency sent a letter to United States Secretary of State John Kerry, suggesting that U.S. anti-fracking activists are receiving funding from Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“It is reasonable to assume,” Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter wrote, “that their intention is to increase their market share of natural gas production and distribution as Russia is the second largest producer of natural gas in the world.”

08/10/14
Author: 
Mychaylo Prystupa
Andrew Nikiforuk

Speaking at a packed university forum last week, long-time energy journalist Andrew Nikiforuk warned British Columbians to be wary of the “extreme energy” of LNG – a fossil fuel that is environmentally reckless, of dubious benefit to B.C., and financially risky to pursue, he argued.

Yet the Clark government is wrongheadedly pushing it, said the author, with serious consequences to B.C.'s wilderness, water and climate.

“You need a public inquiry.  You need to slow down and rethink this whole thing,” urged Nikiforuk at Quest University on Thursday.

25/09/14
Author: 
CBC Staff
Petronas

Malaysian state-owned energy company Petronas is threatening to pull out of a liquefied natural gas project on the north coast of British Columbia, the Financial Times reported Thursday.

The newspaper said Petronas chief executive Shamsul Abbas was ready to call off the $10-billion project amid a delayed regulatory approval process, plans by the provincial government to impose an LNG tax and a "lack of appropriate incentives."

24/09/14
Author: 
THE CANADIAN PRESS
NB leader

FREDERICTON -- Opponents of hydraulic fracturing say the Liberal victory in New Brunswick will provide a needed pause in the development of the shale gas industry.

Lois Corbett of the Conservation Council of New Brunswick says Brian Gallant's win in Monday's provincial election will give politicians and experts time to study fracking.

She says she is pleased the Liberals vowed throughout the campaign to impose a moratorium on fracking.

04/09/14
Author: 
CBC Staff
Andrew Younger

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.”

22/08/14
Author: 
Donald Gutstein
Christy Clark and LNG

Boost production in B.C.'s resource industries and we'll all be better off -- especially those of us in the Lower Mainland.

That's the soothing message emanating from the province's newest corporate-sponsored think tank, Resource Works. It's good news for all of us, and especially for the Christy Clark government, which has hitched its horse to the resource-development cart.

But is it true? Will we be better off with increased resource industry production rather than, say, increased tourism or technology development?

16/08/14
Author: 
Jenny Uechi

In an apparent turn of events since the "Fort Nelson Incident", in which 33-year-old Fort Nelson First Nation Chief Sharleen Gale held up a feather and kicked out government officials from an LNG summit, the nation has now signed up a deal for a long-term camp lease for LNG workforce. 

02/08/14
Author: 
Jenny Uechi

The future of a major LNG project in Kitimat has been thrown into uncertainty, after one of its main backers has decided to walk out. Houston-based Apache Corporation says it will leave Kitimat LNG, which was a joint project with Chevron. 

31/07/14
Author: 
John Crawford

A large US energy company has bailed out of a proposed LNG project in Kitimat.

Apache Corporation, based in Houston, Texas,  says it's leaving the project -- which was a joint development with Chevron -- even though more work has been done on this proposal than on any other natural gas export facility planned for the West Coast.

Site clearing is already underway on Haisla land at Bish Cove.   It was to be supplied by the proposed Pacific Trails Pipeline.

31/07/14
Author: 
Keith Baldrey
Christy Clark

Not a week goes by, it seems, that Premier Christy Clark doesn't talk, yet again, about the vast riches that lay in B.C.'s path if only a liquefied natural gas industry gets off the ground in this province.

It's a theme that began before the last election, and one that helped carry her to a surprising victory with the voters. People seem to at least want to believe the fairy talelike talk about billions of dollars coming our way to help eliminate the provincial debt and even the sales tax.

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