This issue is vital to British Columbians.
Hydraulic fracturing will play an important role in northeast shale gas fields. Despite known and probable risks, BC Liberals have ceded oversight of the environment to producers in an industry with a record of carelessness and frequent mishaps. Though risk has been rising dramatically, the BC Liberals steadily reduced protection resources. This is done for their corporate sponsors who demand self-regulation, a policy that will lead to unprecedented disasters.
The Financial Times reports that today “Gasland, the environmental documentary about the effects of shale gas extraction, has been nominated for a “best documentary” Oscar. The makers are, of course, buzzing, but, predictably, gas campaigners are livid.