LNG - Fracking

Jon Queally, Common Dreams, May 20, 2014

As written, secretive trade agreement would push industry-friendly protections for gas production in the US and larger exports to the EU

According to a leaked draft (pdf) of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) trade deal seen by the Huffington Post, a key provision relating to fossil fuels would be a windfall to the natural gas industry in both the U.S. and in Europe.

Dom O'Dwyer, May 19, 2014

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. 

John Upton, Grist, May 12, 2014

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

Andrew Nikiforuk, The Tyee, May 6, 2014
A Feb. 2013 scientific study found an unexpectedly high methane leakage rate in the well-fractured Utah basin. Photo of Utah gas field credit.

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.

, Canada Newswire, May 2, 2014

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.

Roger Annis, VESG, April 20, 2014

"Oil, tar sands, coal, natural gas: What's behind the expansion drive of Canada's and North America's fossil fuel industries?" Presented at UCSB on April 11th, 2014

Brian Ward, SCNCC, March 18, 2014

Earlier this month nearly 400 students were arrested in front of the White House protesting the Keystone XL Pipeline . The next group of people to head to Washington, D.C.

Jon Queally, Common Dreams, February 16, 2014

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.


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