Some consider natural gas preferable to other fossil fuels “because it emits 50-60% less carbon dioxide (CO2) during combustion.” But over the course of its’100-year lifespan natural gas’ primary component has “a radiative forcing greater than 30 times that of CO2.”1 According to the David Suzuki Foundation, “Methane is responsible for 25% of already observed changes to Earth’s climate.” Two new studies find Canada’s methane emissions drastically underreported.
Alison Thompson, the NDP Candidate for FootHills Alberta
By Roy L Hales
There is refreshing news coming out of Alberta, for those of us who feel a little uncomfortable with the vagueness of the New Democratic Party’s energy policy. Their new candidate Alison Thompson, has been working in the energy sector for twenty years. She became the Chair of the Canadian Geothermal Association (CanGEA) in 2007, but never lost contact with the gas and oil sector. She’d like to put some of those unemployed drillers to work on geothermal sites. The NDP candidate for Foothills, Alberta, has the expertise needed to build Canada’s renewable sector. Continue reading The Expertise Needed To Build Canada’s Renewable Sector→
There are credible experts who believe that, with proper regulation and enforcement, it is possible to have a trustworthy fracking industry. They also say this does not yet exist in North America. Personally, I think the industry is out of control and BC’s government is desperate to get in bed with it. Last week the government released a report from Ernst & Young (EY) which the Minister of Natural Gas Development says “British Columbians can have confidence they are benefiting from a clean, well regulated natural gas industry.” Does Ernst & Young’s LNG report vindicate BC?
Canada’s Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal that would make provincial agencies legally accountable for their actions. Jessica Ernst’s lawyers argue that the Alberta Government owes its citizens a primae facie duty of care and provincial regulators acted in bad faith? The implications are far reaching. Can a private citizen sue Government regulators?
During the thirty years prior to the lawsuit, Ernst was a consultant working in the oil and gas sector. She performed like environmental impact assessments, environmental protection plans and recommended mitigation. Encana was one of her customers. Jessica Ernst doesn’t get paid work anymore. Seven years ago she sued against Encana, Alberta Environment and the Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB). The case has yet to go beyond the question of whether an Albertan citizen can sue government agencies. When Judge Neil Whittmann ruled the case can proceed, last November, he said (paragraph 56) “there is a reasonable prospect Ernst will succeed in establishing that Alberta owed her a primae facie duty of care.” Did Albertan regulators act in bad faith?