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B.C. needs a full public inquiry into fracking, coalition says


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)

Group calling on province to commit to public inquiry or commission into hydraulic fracturing

By Cory Correia, CBC News, November 6, 2017

A coalition of environmental, community and First Nation organizations is calling on the B.C. NDP to broaden a campaign promise to review fracking by instead ordering a full public inquiry or commission. Read the rest of this entry

Fracking Industry Shakes Up Northern BC with 231 Tremors

Fracking field in north eastern BC.   Photo: The Tyee.

Fracking field in north eastern BC. Photo: The Tyee.

Quakes also triggered by wastewater disposal, finds oil and gas commission.

By Andrew Nikiforuk,, Jan 10, 2015

British Columbia’s shale gas fracking industry triggered more than 231 earthquakes or ”seismic events” in northeastern British Columbia between Aug. 2013 and Oct. 2014.

Some of the quakes were severe enough to ”experience a few seconds of shaking” on the ground in seven areas of the province on top of the large Montney shale gas basin.

The events, many of which occurred in clusters or swarms, showed that the regulation of the industry still lags behind the pace of drilling activity in the region. Read the rest of this entry

After kicking out government officials at industry summit, Fort Nelson First Nation signs LNG worker camp deal

Fort Nelson FN chief Sharleen Gale speaking at LNG conference.

Fort Nelson FN chief Sharleen Gale speaking at LNG conference.

After both praise and backlash for expelling B.C. government from an industry summit in April, the Fort Nelson First Nation has signed on to an LNG camp deal with Black Diamond, which would include a 425-room lodge in the Horn River area.

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Defiant northern Chief galvanizes BC First Nations against Premier’s LNG plans

Sharleen Gail, chief of Fort Nelson band.

Sharleen Gail, chief of Fort Nelson band.

The “Fort Nelson incident” has united First Nations against speedy approvals of a $78 billion industry – potentially “destabilizing” the Premier’s entire strategy.

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Pacific Trails Pipeline: Overview and Unist’ot’en Resistance

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Natural gas industry accused of illegal water use in B.C.

Environmental groups say Encana should have to pay for water used in fracking processFracking NE BC  rig

CBC/The Canadian Press,Nov 13, 2013

Three environmental groups have filed a lawsuit against the British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission and natural gas company Encana over the use of water from B.C.’s lakes and rivers.

The suit, filed Wednesday in B.C. Supreme Court, claims the commission has granted repeated short-term water licences, in violation of the provincial Water Act. Read the rest of this entry

Bob Rae to head First Nations board for Pacific Trails Pipeline

By Meagan Fitzpatrick, CBC News, July 24, 2013

Banners at the Wet'suwet'en's Unis'tot'en camp in the central interior region of 'BC', November 2012.

Banners at the Unis’tot’en camp in the central interior region of ‘BC’, declaring their opposition to the Pacific Trails Pipeline. 

Former Liberal MP Bob Rae is the new chairman of the board of a British Columbia-based partnership of 15 First Nations that is preparing to implement a major pipeline deal.

Rae, who served as interim leader for the Liberals until Justin Trudeau was elected, will head the board of directors of FN (PTP) Group Limited Partnership, also known as FNLP. Read the rest of this entry

Native Bands Oppose Natural Gas Industry in north BC

Fort Nelson band’s anti-fracking petition draws overwhelming Fracking protest signsresponse

MARK HUME, The Globe and Mail, Friday, Nov. 30 2012

When a small native band in British Columbia launched an online petition to oppose increased water use by the gas industry, it was hoping for 500 signatures.

A month later, the Fort Nelson First Nation has nearly 24,000 signatories on the petition and letter to government posted on under the heading “Don’t Give Away Our Fresh Water for Fracking.” Read the rest of this entry

LNG, Fracking and Site C Dam: BC’s Looming Energy Boondoggle

by Damien Gillis, The, 23 August 2012

The proposed Enbridge and Kinder Morgan bitumen pipelines through BC are finally receiving the attention they deserve – as is the much-needed corollary conversation on the Alberta Tar Sands and their true impact on Canada’s economic future, elevated to national prominence by Official Opposition leader Thomas Mulcair. Yet, as big of a game-changer as oil pipelines and tankers would be for BC, one could argue that the collection of proposed natural gas-related developments on the table is, taken together, at least as transformative for the province’s future – though you wouldn’t know it from the relative silence on the topic. Read the rest of this entry