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    Slocan Valley resident recounts disaster in paradise

    Slocan Valley resident recounts disaster in paradise

    by Nelle Maxey It was a beautiful day. The day was Friday July 26. It was just like any other sunny summer day in the Slocan Valley, located in the West Kootenay region of British Columbia 650 kilometres east of Vancouver. It w...


    Slocan fuel spill prompts health advisory

    Slocan fuel spill prompts health advisory

    The Nelson Star updates its report on the pollution and health effects caused by the Slocan Valley fuel spill. (July 28) Interior Health is warning residents and visitors to avoid drinking from or swimming in the Slocan and Koo...



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    EnCana takes over funding of govt study into fracking water contamination

    What promised to be a ground-breaking report into the effects of natural gas hydraulic fracturing on groundwater has devolved into a classic case of the fox in charge of the hen house. The US Environmental Protection AgencyR...


    Water Contamination from Fracking- Jessica Ernst Releases Groundbreaking Report

    Water Contamination from Fracking: Jessica Ernst Releases Groundbreaking Report

    Jessica Ernst, a high-profile, Alberta-based environmental consultant, has released a comprehensive summary of science, facts and documents relating to groundwater contamination from the controversial practice of natural gas hy...



    The streets and lawns of Mayflower, Arkansas were covered in "smelly, asphalt-like crude" by an oil spill Friday (photo: Jacob Slaton, Reuters).

    Five Oil Spills in One Week: ‘Accidents’ or Business as Usual?

    UPDATE: Since publication of this story this morning, yet another oil spill has come across the wire – a CP Rail spill from a derailment in northern Ontario – raising the total of spills this past week to SIX. It...


    The Shell drilling rig that ran aground, The Kulluk (Greenpeace photo)

    Mother Nature, US Govt Chase Shell Out of Arctic

    Shell Oil, the first energy company granted coveted Arctic drilling permits by the US Government, is shutting down operations for all of 2013, nearly as quickly as they began. Shell’s hand is being forced by the Interiror...



    This 2007 spill from Kinder Morgan's pipeline to Vancouver covered the streets of Burnaby in oil.

    Oil Pipeline, Tanker Spills not a ‘Risk’ but a Certainty

    Whom the gods wish to destroy, they first make mad. It looks like the gods are doing just that with the Premier and her government. What I’ve seen the past several weeks forces me to ask, Madame Premier: Is that thing on your...


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    Paul Simon Lends Song to Coastal First Nations’ Anti-Tanker Video

    A new 2-min video produced by Coastal First Nations – a group representing nine different aboriginal communities on BC’s north and central coast – is underscored by the famous Simon and Garfunkel song, “...



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    The Fracking Mess

    Since international agreements have been unable to reduce our carbon dioxide emissions — 20 years of negotiations and effort have resulted in emissions going up rather than down — those concerned about global warming had ho...


    NDP Op-ed: Party Committed to Review of Fracking, Tougher Regulations

    Read this op-ed by the BC NDP’s Energy Critic John Horgan and Environment Critic Rob Flemming, promising a tougher stance on natural gas fracking and related water issues. (Dec 13, 2012) British Columbia needs to have a s...