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Council of Canadians joins opposition to Colchester County’s approval of fracking wastewater discharge
4/11/2013 - The Council of Canadians is appealing the decision by Colchester County in Nova Scotia to allow Atlantic Industrial Services to discharge fracking wastewater into the Debert sewer system. The County approved the release of 4.5 million litres of the wastewater, which originates from fracking operations in Hants County from 2007. The Council of Canadians is urging the County Council to terminat... [Read More]
Communication and teamwork flaws led to ship-rig collision off Newfoundland, report says
4/11/2013 - ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – The Transportation Safety Board says communication and teamwork failed when a supply vessel hit a drill rig off Newfoundland. There were no injuries or pollution when the supply ship Maersk Detector hit one of eight steel columns on the GSF Grand Banks on Nov. 24, 2011. The board says vessel workers continued loading cargo from the rig despite a high risk of collision becau... [Read More]
Shale gas investment to hit 6-year low
4/11/2013 - Investment in New Brunswick shale gas licences and leases is expected to decline to a six-year low this year, figures show, as exploration companies move slower than expected to lock up rights to provincial gas resources. Despite the optimistic outlook of government officials, companies still aren't clear if the province has enough accessible natural gas to warrant development, said Sheri Some... [Read More]
Efficiency NB cuts 6 jobs, suspends programs
4/11/2013 - Efficiency NB has cut six positions and suspended two of its programs. The Crown agency laid off four contract employees and two permanent staff, who were energy advisers, officials confirmed on Thursday. They worked on the two suspended programs, which offered incentives for newly-built energy-efficient homes and businesses. Efficiency NB will do its best to ensure people who were already e... [Read More]
Irving Oil Announces Investment in Montreal's Norcan Terminal
4/11/2013 - SAINT JOHN, NB, April 11, 2013 /CNW/ - Irving Oil announced today that it has acquired an equity share in Norcan Petroleum Group owner of the Norcan Terminal in Montreal. Irving Oil will partner with La Coop fédérée and MacEwen Petroleum Inc. This investment in the terminal represents an additional secure supply point for Irving Oil customers. "We're very pleased to announce this new partners... [Read More]
Emera touts scrutiny of Maritime Link
4/11/2013 - The proposed Maritime Link is getting a thorough review by the provincial regulator, says Emera Inc.’s president and chief executive officer. Chris Huskilson told a business audience Wednesday in Halifax that the company has answered more than 2,000 written questions over the last 11/2 months. The queries about the $1.5-billion subsea cable plan were posed by some 20 interveners taking part i... [Read More]
Poll: 53% in N.S. oppose fracking
4/11/2013 - Nova Scotians are almost evenly divided on fracking, says a new poll. A recent Corporate Research Associates Inc. survey found that 53 per cent of residents oppose hydraulic fracturing even if the province had adequate regulations in place to protect the environment. Another 39 per cent have no problem with the controversial extraction method, which is used in shale gas exploration, while the... [Read More]
Clean-tech firm set to announce contracts
4/11/2013 - CarbonCure Technologies is poised to announce five new contracts, says a Boston tech scouting firm. The Halifax outfit is working to commercialize its technology that chemically converts waste carbon dioxide into calcium carbonate in concrete during manufacturing, making it greener and stronger. “They have five licensees lined up in the U.S. and they’re going to announce those names in a few ... [Read More]
Company talks fracking with Corner Brook business leaders
4/11/2013 - The company hired to help get oil out of the ground in western Newfoundland pitched its project to members of the Greater Corner Brook Board of Trade on Wednesday. Black Spruce Exploration wants to use hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, to extract oil from shale rock at Shoal Point. "I say without exaggeration that we are early stage, but 20 years ago so was Hibernia," David Murr... [Read More]
Mayor anxious to see natural gas in Pictou County
4/11/2013 - NEW GLASGOW – Mayor Barrie MacMillan says the news that natural gas is coming to Pictou County has been a long time coming. He said he has been advocating for it to come to the area since he joined the Pictou County Chamber of Commerce in 1991 and before that, the chamber was pushing for it since 1979. Energy Minister Charlie Parker announced last week that Heritage Gas will be extending its ... [Read More]