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    Water and Hydrocarbons

    Cracks in Scientific Study Downplaying Risks of Fracking – Lead Scientist on Board of Energy Company

    Read this story from Mark Hume in the Globe and Mail on the scandal that is rocking the natural gas fracking industry. A Texas-based scientist who published a report downplaying the risks of fracking has been discovered to be o...


    This map from the David Suzuki Foundation's recent report shows all human-driven change to the Peace Region (buffered by 500 m) in red.

    New Suzuki Foundation Report Shows Staggering Longterm Industrial Impacts on Peace Region

    Roads, dams, logging, mines, fracking, seismic lines, pipelines, transmission lines. The Peace Valley region in northeast BC has seen its share of industrial development over the past half century. Now, a new report from the Da...



    Audio: Damien Gillis Talks Chinese FIPA, Fracking, Water on Nanaimo Radio

    Damien Gillis appeared recently on Nanaimo’s CHLY Radio to discuss a number of key political and energy issues in Canada. Gillis and host Rae Kornberger of A Sense of Justice cover the controversial proposed Canada-China ...


    Vancouver Sun Op-Ed: Rush to Deplete BC’s Gas Reserves Makes No Sense

    Read this op-ed in the Vancouver Sun by Ben Parfitt of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and renowned geologist and energy expert David Hughes, calling into question the BC Liberal Government’s policy for dramat...



    Timelapse Animations Reveal Staggering Water Withdrawals, Industrial Activity for Fracking

    Watch these timelapse animations of recent water withdrawals and industrial activity in Fort Nelson First Nation traditional territory for natural gas hydraulic fracturing. These short term licenses were all issued without publ...


    American Gas Firm Launching $250 Million NAFTA Challenge to Quebec Fracking Ban

    Read this story from the Globe and Mail on US energy firm Lone Pine Resources’ forthcoming NAFTA challenge regarding lost economic opportunities resulting from Quebec’s ban on natural gas hydraulic fracturing. (Nov....



    Fort Nelson First Nation Pushes for Shale Gas Water Licence Reform

    Read this story by Mark Hume in the Globe and Mail on Fort Nelson First Nation’s concerns about long-term water withdrawal licence applications for shale gas development in their territory in northeast BC. (Nov. 13, 2012)...


    A water pit for fracking on Fort Nelson First Nation territory

    Audio: Damien Gillis Discusses Obama, FIPA and Water Licenses for Fracking on SFU Radio

    Damien Gillis and SFU Radio’s Sylvia Richardson discuss a wide range of energy topics – from the impact of Barack Obama’s recent presidential victory on North American climate and energy issues to the potentia...



    Mike Smyth: NDP Have a Fracking Problem

    Read this column by the Province’s Mike Smyth on the NDP’s confusing position on fracking – the controversial natural gas extraction method. (Oct. 21, 2012) There’s still some mystery around the science ...


    A fracking rig in northeast BC's Horn River Basin (Damien Gillis photo)

    Time the NDP Came Clean on Dirty Fracking, Gas-Powered LNG Plants

    My colleague, Damien Gillis, has been doing some superb work on “fracking” and I enter the discussion with considerable temerity. He is, after all, the brains and filmmaker of the organization and I the mere mouth. It has s...