Tag: fracking

Curb the Enthusiasm on Shale Gas Report

There was a media flap this past week when the dynamic duo of the CBC’s Paul Withers and the website Allnovascotia.com acquired the “Onshore Atlas” from the Nova Scotia Department of Energy showing locations of deposits of natural gas and coal bed methane in the province. Withers’ report contained some big numbers. “Onshore natural gas resources in the province are worth between $20 billion and $60 billion,” it said, and much of the bonanza is in the form of shale gas – which would have to be recovered through f-r-a-c-k-i-n-g. Cue another round in the fracking debate. Predictably, a lobbyist for...

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Oil price drop should lower the heat in fracking debate

Stephen Harper is not the only Conservative politician whose best laid plans have been knocked about by the Saudi-inspired plunge in oil prices. Nova Scotia Tory leader Jamie Baillie has recently put much of  his political energy into attacking the Liberal government’s “job killing” ban on fracking. Baillie made the issue a question period staple during the Fall session of the legislature. He implied that by saying no to fracking (which he euphemized into “new ways to create jobs”) the Liberals were perpetuating policies that led to the loss of 9,000 jobs in 2014. The argument was far-fetched then...

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RICHARD STARR has had careers as a journalist, public servant, broadcaster, political staffer and freelance policy adviser. He is author of numerous newspaper and magazine articles, appearing in everything from Atlantic Insight to Atlantic Progress. A lifelong student of Maritime history, Starr is married to playwright and former MP Wendy Lill. They live in Dartmouth.

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