For anyone who sees themselves as more progressive than Nigel Farage, life under the new Australian government hasn't been very exciting – but over the last few weeks we have seen what could be one of the great political shifts in the country’s history.
The free pass that frackers and natural-gas handlers have gotten on their climate-changing methane emissions is really starting to stink to high hell. We told you in February about the results of a meta-analysis of 20 years worth of scientific studies, which concluded that the EPA underestimates the natural-gas industry’s climate impacts by 25 to 75 percent, due to methane leakage from its gas dril
According to a spate of recent scientific studies from the United States and Australia, the shale gas industry has generated another formidable challenge: methane and radon leakage three times greater than expected. In some cases the volume of seeping methane, a greenhouse gas that traps heat 25 times more effectively than carbon dioxide, is so high it challenges the notion that shale gas can be a bridge to a cleaner energy future, as promoted by the government of British Columbia and other shale gas jurisdictions.
The National Energy Board (NEB or Board) today approved two applications for 25 year natural gas export licences. A licence was approved for Aurora Liquefied Natural Gas Ltd. (Aurora LNG) to export liquefied natural gas (LNG), for a maximum term amount of 849.82 109m3. The export point would be in the vicinity of Prince Rupert, British Columbia at the outlet of the loading arm of a proposed liquefaction terminal.
Feb 5, 2014--The irony of fracking: It destroys the natural resource it needs most. The tragedy for those living nearby fracking operations: That natural resource is the fresh—and increasingly scarce—water supply on which they, too, depend. And not only does fracking—or hydraulic fracturing—demand enormous amounts of fresh water no matter where it takes places, a troubling new study released Wednesday found that a majority of places where the controversial drilling technique is most prevalent are the same regions where less and less water is available.
Shawn McCarthy and Sophie Cousineau, Globe and Mail, February 15, 2014
The Parti Quebecois government is embracing an oil economy, hoping to usher in an era of petro-riches for the province by drilling in the environmentally sensitive Gulf of St. Lawrence region. With an election call expected in coming weeks, Premier Pauline Marois announced Thursday [Feb 13] the government would launch joint ventures and provide up to $115-million to help finance $190-million in exploratory work on Anticosti Island, which is believed to sit on top of promising quantities of oil and gas.
The vast network of natural gas wells, pipes and processing facilities across the U.S. and Canada is “leaky” and needs a fix, according to a new study. Government authorities are underestimating how much methane, a potent greenhouse gas, is escaping into the atmosphere from the natural gas system, says the report, entitled Methane Leaks from North American Natural Gas Systems, that was released Thursday by journal Science.