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Pipeline protests continue: Second roadblock remains

The Wet’suwet’en First Nations continue their protest over plans to run a natural gas pipeline over their claimed territory in northern British Columbia. They continue to block an access road into the area A first barrier was taken down by »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, International, Internet, Science & Technology, Society

New study finds much higher methane release from oil and gas fracking

The environmental “footprint” of fracking and the oil and gas industry is about to change dramatically, and not for the better. A new study by the environmental group David Suzuki Foundation and St Francis Xavier University, shows about 50 percent »

Environment & Animal Life, Internet, Science & Technology, Society

Even diluted fracking fluid found to harm fish

Canadian research has determined that the fluids produced by hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas can harm rainbow trout even when greatly diluted. Fracking requires large quantities of water and chemicals which are toxic. University of Alberta researchers Dan Alessi »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, Politics, Society

Anticosti pursuing UNESCO designation while oil drilling to begin soon

The island of Anticosti, in Gulf of the St. Lawrence, will be one of ten sites in Canada suggested for UNESCO World Heritage status. The Canadian government, through Parks Canada, will champion 10 applications to the United Nations body for »

Environment & Animal Life, Society

Utility officials fear fracking will damage dams

Officials at western Canada’s BC Hydro worry that earthquakes caused by fracking may put large hydroelectric dams at risk, according to documents obtained through Access to Information law. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is the practice of injecting fluid at high »

Environment & Animal Life, Indigenous

Aboriginal group wins against fracking company

An aboriginal group in the west coast province of British Columbia has won a legal challenge against an oil and gas company Nexen was granted a licence in 2012 to use millions of cubic metres of water a year from »

Economy, International, Internet, Science & Technology

Earthquakes and fracking: a danger to what extent?

According to the British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission, two recent and noticeable earthquakes in the northwestern part of the province were caused by gas extraction operations.The Commission said Progress Energy’s fracking operation caused a 4.4 magnitude quake in August »

Environment & Animal Life, Internet, Science & Technology

Did province just break a fracking earthquake world record?

Hydraulic fracturing has caused a series of earthquakes “including a record-breaking tremor with a felt magnitude of 4.4 last week” in the Canadian province of Alberta, according to an article on The Tyee website by journalist and author Andrew Nikiforuk. Nikiforuk »

Environment & Animal Life, International

Update: Gros Morne Park fracking debate

It is 1,800 square kilometres of rugged, awe-inspiring natural beauty. Canada’s Gros Morne National Park on the west coast of the Atlantic island province of Newfoundland and Labrador is so inspiring that in 1987 the United Nations declared it a »

Environment & Animal Life, Politics, Society

Canadian province of New Brunswick announces moratorium on fracking

The premier of Canada’s Atlantic coast province of New Brunswick announced on Thursday (December 18) his government is imposing a moratorium on hydraulic fracking until five conditions are met. “We have been clear from day one that we will impose »