Category Archives: Oil & Gas

B.C. RCMP claims it has “no intention” of moving against Unist’ot’en camp

“It’s definitely going down” says Grand Chief Stewart Phillip on Unist’ot’en Camp raid

Unist'tot'en camp members stop surveyors, November 2012.

Unist’tot’en camp members stop surveyors, November 2012.

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs says RCMP officers have booked up hotel rooms in Burns Lake and Smithers, a firm indication of plans to invade the Unist’ot’en Camp in northwestern B.C.

Northwestern B.C. First Nations set up camp to halt LNG project

A barge carrying equipment related to investigatory work for Petronas' proposed Lelu Island LNG plant. Photo: Common Sense Canadian.com

A barge carrying equipment related to investigatory work for Petronas’ proposed Lelu Island LNG plant. Photo: Common Sense Canadian.com

Company, province won’t respond to questions on possible investigation of alternate site

Raiding Unist’ot’en camp would be “disastrous”, B.C. RCMP warned

Fracking-induced earthquakes could leave workers vulnerable, says geophysicist

A fracking drill in BC’s Horn River Basin (Two Island Films).

A fracking drill in BC’s Horn River Basin (Two Island Films).

Seismic scientist David Eaton says Canada’s fracking-induced quakes are the biggest in the world

By Betsy Trumpener, CBC News, Aug 27, 2015
A leading seismic scientist says B.C.’s energy infrastructure and gasfield workers may be vulnerable to earthquakes caused by fracking.

Earthquakes triggered by fracking have been felt in Fort Nelson and Fort St. John, but University of Calgary geophysicist David Eaton says the shaking is strongest in remote areas near fracking sites.

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Lax Kw’alaams First Nations Band Asserts Right To Lelu Island, Slated For LNG plant

Fracking triggered 2014 earthquake in northeastern B.C.

Hydraulic fracturing involves pumping water and chemicals deep into earth to fracture shale rock beds and release natural gas for extraction. (Brennan Linsley/The Associated Press)

Hydraulic fracturing involves pumping water and chemicals deep into earth to fracture shale rock beds and release natural gas for extraction. (Brennan Linsley/The Associated Press)

Quake one of world’s largest ever triggered by hydraulic fracturing

By Betsy Trumpener, CBC News, Aug 26, 2015

Fracking triggered a 4.4-magnitude earthquake in northeastern B.C. last year, CBC News has learned, making it one of world’s largest earthquakes ever triggered by the controversial process.

B.C.’s Oil and Gas Commission confirmed the cause of the earthquake in an email statement to CBC this week, saying it was “triggered by fluid injection during hydraulic fracturing.”

The 4.4-magnitude quake was felt in Fort St. John and Fort Nelson in August 2014. It was preceded by a 3.8-magnitude earthquake in late July, also caused by fracking.

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Kinder Morgan pipeline hearings delay hard on beleaguered industry, expert says

Kinder Morgan break logo 5NEB postponed approval process after a consultant who gave evidence in favour got hired by regulator

CBC News, Aug 25, 2015

An energy expert says the National Energy Boards’ decision to delay hearings about Kinder Morgan’s proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is adding uncertainty to an already fragile industry.

The NEB postponed hearings this week because a consultant who prepared evidence in favour of the project will soon start working for the national energy regulator. Read the rest of this entry

In British Columbia, indigenous group blocks pipeline development

Gate at Unist'ot'en camp, photo: Al Jazeera.

Gate at Unist’ot’en camp, photo: Al Jazeera.

August 20, 2015

HOUSTON, British Columbia — In a remote mountain pass connecting the Pacific Coast to the interior of British Columbia, a region brimming with wild berries and populated by grouse and grizzly bears, felled and painted trees have been laid across a logging road to form an enormous message. Directed at air traffic, it reads “No pipelines! No entry!” The warning marks off land where the government of Canada and a First Nations clan hold irreconcilable views of what should happen to a 435-square-mile area each claims as its own.

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Clyde River loses fight to block seismic testing

Aerial view of Clyde River, Nunavut.

Aerial view of Clyde River, Nunavut.

Federal Court of Appeal denies hamlet’s request for a judicial review of permit

CBC News, Aug 18, 2015

Clyde River, Nunavut, has lost its bid to block seismic testing off its shores.

The Federal Court of Appeal has denied the Baffin Island hamlet’s request for a judicial review of a testing permit issued by the National Energy Board.

In her written decision, Justice Eleanor Dawson says the board fulfilled requirements to consult with local Inuit and that consultation doesn’t necessarily mean agreement.

She noted that efforts to ensure the tests don’t unduly harm wildlife will be ongoing. Read the rest of this entry

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