BC Government: Frack the barriers to pollution

“Five thousand gallons per well of toxic chemicals.
 If there is eight wells per pad site,
 that is 40,000 gallons of toxic chemicals.”
 – James Northrup, former energy investor

British Columbia taxpayers reward energy companies that pollute. The province enacted a series of incentives, including self-regulation, right to pollute without punishment, access to fresh water, reduced royalties and credits for building roads and pipelines.

Oh, Canada’s Become a Home for Record Fracking, Nicholas Kusnetz, ProPublica

Early last year, deep in the forests of northern British Columbia, workers for Apache Corp. performed what the company proclaimed was the biggest hydraulic fracturing operation ever.

The project used 259 million gallons of water and 50,000 tons of sand to frack 16 gas wells side by side. It was “nearly four times larger than any project of its nature in North America,” Apache boasted.

The record didn’t stand for long. By the end of the year, Apache and its partner, Encana, topped it by half at a neighboring site.

As furious debate over fracking continues in the United States, it is instructive to look at how a similar gas boom is unfolding for our neighbor to the north.

To a large extent, the same themes have emerged as Canada struggles to balance the economic benefits drilling has brought with the reports of water contamination and air pollution that have accompanied them.

“The Canadian boom has differed in one regard: The western provinces’ exuberant embrace of large-scale fracking offers a vision of what could happen elsewhere if governments clear away at least some of the regulatory hurdles to growth.

“Even as some officials have questioned the wisdom of doing so, Alberta and British Columbia have dueled to draw investment by offering financial incentives and loosening rules. The result has been some of the most intensive drilling anywhere…”

“The cost-benefit of B.S., of P.R., of ads and payoffs to politicians
 is extraordinary. The return on investment of paying off a
politician, running an ad, discrediting critics is…
it’s one of the best investments that the industry can make.”

– James Northrup, former energy investor

Categories: Fracking, ProPublica

4 replies »

  1. I guess it's real fracking good, when citizen's can light their tap water on fire. Must be fracking good, when livestock can't drink the water, nor the wild creatures. So what, if the clean underground water is contaminated, under the lands? Some people have to wear respirators, that's how sick they get.

    Never in my life, have I ever seen, such ugly, rabid greed in our politicians. They are absolutely disgusting.

    Who in their right mind, would do this kind of crap? You can't water any food crops, with gas poison in it. You can't eat poisoned animals. You can't drink poisoned water.

    I have never seen so many, greedy brain dead politicians in my life.


  2. thanks Norm, you're my top go-to indy BC new source. And I'm so thankful for you and the other journalist bloggers for lighting a candle.

    Wishing you all the best in 2012.


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