Industry Spin

16/09/15
Author: 
Gary Mason
As Alberta’s NDP government grapples with a cratering economy while simultaneously pondering ways to help burnish the province’s tawdry environmental image, debate inside Premier Rachel Notley’s administration has been guided somewhat by an existential question: Why are we here?
13/09/15
Author: 
Vaughn Palmer

VICTORIA — Cabinet minister Rich Coleman admitted to being caught off guard this week by news of potentially “catastrophic” lapses in safety at the Malaysian operations of Petronas, the company the B.C. Liberals are counting on to build the first liquefied natural gas terminal here in B.C.

“I had not had a chance to see it or read it,” Coleman told me Friday, referring to the 732-page audit that exposed concerns ranging from decades-long delays in inspections to corrosion that endangered the structural integrity of the company’s offshore oil and gas platforms.

27/08/15
Author: 
Bertrand Marotte

Tempers in some quarters of Quebec are flaring after the head of Canada’s nuclear safety commission slammed a report by the province’s environmental regulation agency for allegedly “misleading Quebeckers and Canadians” on the safety of uranium mining.

02/01/15
Author: 
Peter O'Neil

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s B.C. lieutenant said he’s confident a new oilsands pipeline will eventually be built to the West Coast, and one of his key arguments for such a megaproject is public safety in the Lower Mainland.

Industry Minister James Moore raised the spectre of the deadly Lac Megantic rail disaster that killed dozens in an inferno of blazing oil that engulfed the Quebec town in the summer of 2013.

“The people of Lac Megantic wished they had pipelines instead of rail,” said Moore, who represents the Port Moody-Westwood-Port Coquitlam riding.

29/09/14
Author: 
Bruce Watson
US Senator James Inhofe

According to oft-cited statistics, climate scientists are 95%-99% certain of climate change – about as certain as they are of the link between smoking and lung cancer. Nonetheless, an estimated 58% of US Republican congressmen claim to be unconvinced of it. This group, the so-called “climate denier caucus,” is a big part of the reason that meaningful climate activist legislation keeps getting shot down. And according to a recent report, some of America’s most popular companies are helping to fund the effort.

13/07/14
Author: 
Stephan Ewart

A new study suggests the Supreme Court of Canada ruling to extend Aboriginal territorial rights will mean a more active role for government to ensure oil and gas development.

It's hard to believe the current federal government could do more to actively promote Prime Minister Stephen Harper's longstated ambition for Canada to be a "global energy superpower" but that's what the Fraser Institute predicted in a report Thursday.

23/01/14
Author: 
Coral Davenport

WASHINGTON — Coca-Cola has always been more focused on its economic bottom line than on global warming, but when the company lost a lucrative operating license in India because of a serious water shortage there in 2004, things began to change. Today, after a decade of increasing damage to Coke’s balance sheet as global droughts dried up the water needed to produce its soda, the company has embraced the idea of climate change as an economically disruptive force.

20/11/13
Author: 
Alan Fryer
Coal Alliance

The completion of an environmental-impact assessment by Fraser Surrey Docks demonstrates the commitment of our industry to safe and sustainable operations. SNC-Lavalin, the firm that carried out the assessment, concluded that "no significant adverse effects on air quality are likely to occur as a result of this project." Most importantly, one of the most experienced and respected experts in this field, Dr. Len Ritter, stated that the project poses no risk of adverse health effects in neighbouring communities.

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30/11/13
Author: 
Mining Association of Canada

 Strategy will help Canada compete for investment and will support Canadian mining abroad. OTTAWA, Nov. 27, 2013 /CNW/ - The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) applauds the Government of Canada on its new trade strategy, the Global Markets Action Plan, announced by Minister Ed Fast this morning. "The Canadian mining industry welcomes the new Global Markets Action Plan and we look forward to working with the Government of Canada to implement it, particularly the development of the Extractive Sector Strategy," said Pierre Gratton, MAC's President and CEO.

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28/11/13
Author: 
Dene Moore

There are more than 600 major resource projects worth $650-billion planned in Western Canada over the next decade but relations with First Nations may be a major hurdle for those developments, says a new report by the Fraser Institute. Every one of those projects will affect at least one First Nations community, said the report released Thursday by the right-leaning think tank based in Vancouver.

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