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...Read More
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...Read More
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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, a former radio and TV producer and weekly newspaper editor, and the author of three non-fiction books. Starr has lived in Dartmouth for more than 30 years.
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