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The Nova Scotia government allowed test wells to be drilled in Kennetcook (2008?) and then put a moratorium in place pending the completion of the investigation by the Nova Scotia Hydraulic Fracturing Independent Review Panel.

 

 

SPECIFIC ISSUES:

 

Bay of Fundy (WIP)

 

www.SaveTheBayOfFundy.ca

 

 

Shubenacadie River – Alton Gas

 

Alton Gas has proposed storing natural gas in (3) three [up to possibly (20) twenty] underground salt caverns near Stewiacke, Nova Scotia 

 

Opponents cite environmental concerns re: the release of salty brine (resulting from drilling into the underground caverns) into the Shubenacadie River system, ultimately affecting Cobequid Bay, Minas Basin and Bay of Fundy.  The Alton Gas Application states that the total need for salt brine solution for Nova Scotia highways for an entire year amounts to one day of output. (facebook page)

 

First Nations state that they have not been adequately consulted.

 

As described by Sakura Saunders in a FundRazr campaign email, “Alton Gas has a hugely destructive plan to create salt caverns in which to store natural gas, by dumping the equivalent of 3,000 tons of hard salt into the Shubenacadie river every day. This massive 50-year project would seriously harm the river ecosystem and put the health, livelihoods and rights of the Mi’kmaq people at risk. It is also in contravention of the Fisheries Act, which prohibits the deposit of “deleterious substances” into water frequented by fish.  This project does not meet the minimal requirements of consultation of local Indigenous communities. In January 2017, the Nova Scotia Supreme Court ruled that Sipekne’katik First Nation was not properly consulted during the environmental assessment process.”

 

News – Alton Gas

 

Date

Source

Title

Comment

2019-04-14

CBC News

Residents raise concerns about high salinity of brine from Alton Gas project

 

2019-04-11

Nova Scotia Advance

Media release: Alton Gas brine release six times above what is considered deleterious to fish

 

2019-04-08

Iheartradio.ca

Environment Minister Says Consultations for Alton Gas Project were “Sufficient”

James Faulkner

2019-03-26

National Observer

Lobbied 22 times, Trudeau government proposes to let Alton Gas dump saltwater into Shubenacadie River

Lindsay Jones

2019-03-18

Comment

Nova Scotia Supreme Court will announce decision re: injunction against water protectors

 

2018-08-05

CBC News

Slow-motion showdown continues on banks of Shubenacadie River

Michael MacDonald

2018-04-12

Herald News

River discharge only salt solution: Alton Gas

Francis Campbell

2018-03-29

CBC News

Underground work on track to begin at Nova Scotia natural gas project

Nina Corfu

2017-12-19

CBC News

Audio: Alton Gas protesters' plan to over-winter on site (12 mins)

- Dale Andrew Poulette

- Lori MacLean, Alton Gas

2017-12-19

CBC News

Protesters build permanent structure, plan to overwinter at Alton Gas site

Nina Corfu

2017-11-29

Chronicle Herald News

Alton pipeline could pass through proposed protection area

Francis Campbell

2017-10-13

Chronicle Herald News

Barlow buoys up Alton Gas protesters

Francis Campbell

2016-10-22

CBC News

Alton natural gas project sees delays into 2017

David Irish

- manufactured natural gas storage caverns

2016-09-09

CBC News

Alton Gas protesters to conduct their own Shubenacadie River research

Shaina Luck

2016-07-04

CBC News

Alton natural gas storage project to resume construction near Stewiacke

 

2016-02-17

CBC News

Sipekne'katik First Nation to appeal Alton natural gas storage project

Lisa Blackburn

2016-01-21

CBC News

Alton natural gas storage facility gets green light from Nova Scotia

Paul Withers

2014-11-30

Chronicle Herald News

Residents decry Alton natural gas storage

 

2014-10-29

CBC News

$100 million Alton gas project delayed over Mi'kmaq concerns

Paul Withers

2014-10-03

CBC News

Fishermen join Mi'kmaq in Alton gas storage protest

 

2014-09-23

CBC News

$100M Alton gas storage project underway near Stewiacke

 

 

See also:

 

Louisiana sinkholes - resulting from engineering issues with salt caverns

 

 

News – Nova Scotia (General)

 

Date

Source

Title

Comment

2018-11-19

NSAdvocate.org

Newfoundland’s offshore oil spill is a warning for Nova Scotia

Robert Devet

- Husky Energy spill

AO Info: Spills

2018-06-26

CBC News

Mi'kmaq want answers from BP Canada after drilling mud spill off Nova Scotia coast

Nic Meloney

2018-06-22

Halifax Examiner

BREAKING: lubricant spill reported at BP’s Scotia Shelf drill site

Tim Bousquet

2018-04-14

CBC News

Pieridae Energy files to build natural gas liquefaction plant in Goldboro

Paul Withers

“Pieridae wants to bring cheap shale gas from across North America for export, primarily to Europe.”

2018-04-10

Desmog Canada

BP Offshore Rig Moves to Nova Scotia Coast Before Drill Permits Granted

James Wilt

2018-02-03

TheNarwhal.ca (formerly DeSmog Blog)

‘We’re Under Assault’: Feds Quietly Approve Deepwater Oil Drilling Off Nova Scotia

James Wilt

2018-01-15

TheNarwhal.ca (formerly DeSmog Blog)

BP Wants to Drill Underwater Wells Twice the Depth of Deepwater Horizon in Canada

James Wilt

2017-12-20

Council of Canadians

BP’s Dirty (Huge) Nova Scotian Secret

Andrea Harden-Donahue

2015-08-31

CBC

Gas shortage in Nova Scotia leads to 'complete insanity' for station owners

 

2015-08-05

CBC

Shell given OK to take 21 days to cap a deep well oil blowout off N.S. coast

Zak Markan

2015-07-16

MetroNews.ca

Disposal of fracking waste water gets OK

 

2015-06-16

OntarioHerald.com / The Chronicle Herald

Expert: More Research Needed on Fracking’s Impact

 

2015-03-22

SaveTheBayOfFundy.ca

Blog:  Nova Scotian’s Don’t Want Sick Fish

Steve MacLellan

2014-12-23

Metro News

First Nations community opposes disposal of fracking waste

 

2014-12-10

CBC News

Australian Spirit tanker adrift off Nova Scotia coast

Carrying 90,000 tonnes of crude oil

2014-10-30

Chronicle Herald

Amherst agrees to accept treated fracking water

Aaron Beswick Truro Bureau

abeswick@herald.ca / @CH_ABeswick

2014-10-30

CBC News

Nova Scotia firm pitches fracking wastewater plan to Dieppe

Dieppe is in New Brunswick

2014-10-28

Metro News

Nova Scotia to dispose of more fracking waste

The Canadian Press

- 5 million litres (167 truckloads)

2014-10-23

Metro News

Nova Scotia concludes fracking waste study

The Canadian Press

- 2 million litres

- evaporation is a viable means of disposal (used as coolant in kiln at Lafarge after filtering)

- where did the filtered radioactive residue go?

2014-09-09

Huffington Post

Nova Scotia Opts for High Taxes Rather Than Fracking

Mark Milke

2014-09-05

Chronicle Herald

Opinion: Taylor: Grits must make up for chill of fracking ban in Nova Scotia

Roger Taylor

2014-09-03

Global News

Fracking ban legislation to be introduced in Nova Scotia

The Canadian Press

- what is “high-volume hydraulic fracturing”?

2014-09-03

MSN News

Nova Scotia to ban onshore shale gas fracking

"The resources belong to the people of Nova Scotia and they get to decide how they are harnessed."  Andrew Younger, Nova Scotia’s Energy Minister

2014-08-28

Nova Scotia Department of Energy

Hydraulic Fracturing Review

Independent review of the effects of hydraulic fracturing, led by Dr. David Wheeler, President of Cape Breton University

2014-08-06

Press

Irving Oil using Bay of Fundy as its refinery toxic waste dumping site.

Paul W. Kincaid

2014-08-03

Metro News

Nova Scotia fracking pioneer weighs in

Michael MacDonald, The Canadian Press

2014-07-24

MSN News

Hold off on fracking in Nova Scotia: expert

Michael McDonald, The Canadian Press

2014-07-02

Metro News / The Canadian Press

Majority want fracking ban in Nova Scotia

Alison Auld

2014-06-27

Metro News / The Canadian Press

Impact of fracking on communities unclear, says Nova Scotia report

Michael McDonald, The Canadian Press

- Kennetcook experimental drilling in 2008

2014-06-17

Metro News / The Canadian Press

Nova Scotia told to go slow on fracking

Michael McDonald, The Canadian Press

2014-06-04

Chronicle Herald

Report on fracking ‘rubbish’

Mary Ellen MacIntyre

- Duncan Keppie

2014-06-03

News Ontario

Fracking in Nova Scotia low risk, studies say

Michael McDonald, The Canadian Press

2014-04-16

News Ontario

Nova Scotia to remove fracking waste water

 

2014-04-16

Fracking and Health

First do no harm: continue NS fracking moratorium — EHANS

 

2014-01-01

Cape Breton University / Nova Scotia Dept. of Energy

Nova Scotia Hydraulic Fracturing Review

[Work in progress 28-Jun-2014]

2013-10-30

Cape Breton University

The Nova Scotia Dept. of Energy commissions the Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment to conduct an independent review and public consultation to explore the social, economic, environmental, and health implications of hydraulic fracturing practices and their associated wastewater streams. 

Dr. David Wheeler, President and Vice-Chancellor, Cape Breton University, will convene and Chair a Nova Scotia Expert Panel on Hydraulic Fracturing (Expert Panel) to oversee the process.

2013-06-06

Chronicle Herald

Nova Scotia Power burning high-sulfur petcoke from Detroit

Ian Austen, NY Times

Petcoke

 

 

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