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The Canadian Oil Service Sector supports the Emergence of New Canadian Geothermal Developers PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 26 May 2020 05:20



The Canadian Oil Service Sector supports the Emergence of New Canadian Geothermal Developers


Calgary, Alberta, May 26, 2020 – At the end of April, The Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors (CAODC), Clean Energy Canada and the Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC) joined together to establish an alliance with the existing geothermal industry participants to promote Canadian geothermal development and to create jobs for displaced oil and gas drilling contractors and oilfield service workers.


See the link for details on this Geothermal Alliance here.


Under such an initiative, Eavor believes Alberta could attract up to $4 billion in private and foreign investment capital, to create 400MWe of clean dispatchable power and eliminate 2,000,000 tons of CO2 emissions per year, all the while eventually employing 5,000+ displaced oil service workers. Such a plan could kickstart a geothermal ecosystem in Canada that could lead the world and represent a clean sunrise export industry for the nation.


To rapidly scale a Canadian geothermal industry, however, will require an incentive plan that can attract new developers and participants to the market. Such an incentive plan will need to include Power Purchase Agreements (PPA’s) or their equivalent to provide guaranteed offtake at a reasonable price for the value delivered (no different than for any new power generating asset). The advantage of such incentives are that they are technology agnostic and let the market decide which technologies and developers are involved.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 May 2020 05:23
Seismic survey threatens endangered whales PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 22 May 2020 17:36


May 8 


Image by Rachael Merrett.

As the oceans become quieter amidst the global pandemic, an application for seismic surveys off the West Coast of Vancouver Island threatens the recovery of endangered Southern Resident killer whales. This week, in response, a coalition of conservation groups has written to the federal minister of Fisheries and Oceans to inform her that approval of the application would be illegal under the Species at Risk Act.

Recently, the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University requested a permit under the federal Species at Risk Act to conduct geophysical surveys in the habitat of the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales. The seismic survey will produce high-intensity sound from an array of towed air guns through Southern Resident habitat, including areas designated as critical habitat. With only 72 remaining, the Southern Resident Killer whales are endangered under the Species at Risk Act. In May 2018, the government announced these whales face imminent threats to their survival and recovery.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 May 2020 17:41
Bruce Power ordered to reveal prices PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 22 May 2020 07:50




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Bruce Power ordered to reveal prices

The Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner has ruled that Bruce Power and the Ontario Government must come clean on the cost of power from rebuilt reactors noting that “the public has a right to know what the electricity cost will be from the multi-billion Bruce NGS [Nuclear Generating Station] project as they are paying for it and will be locked into paying for it for almost 50 years.”

In her response to an appeal by Bruce Power of an earlier decision, Adjudicator Diane Smith acknowledged that the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) has the power to suppress this information, but ruled that the public right to know trumped this authority.

Moving Forward, Not Backward: A Regional Agenda for Caring, Low-Carbon Communities After Covid-19 PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 11 May 2020 19:36
May 2020
This Solutions Statement was developed with input from more than
a hundred people representing dozens of community organizations,
in a collaborative policy-development process in April 2020
facilitated by Common Vision, Common Action.
Common Vision, Common Action is a grassroots initiative in
British Columbia's Capital Region, Coastal Salish and Nuu-chah-nulth Territory,
to create and implement a regional agenda for social and ecological justice.
To get involved or provide feedback on this Solutions Statement,
please contact us at contact@commonaction.
The Covid-19 pandemic has demonstrated the fragility of the private enterprise economy in
British Columbia’s capital region – how a temporary shift in consumer spending habits and
government policy can immediately result in unemployment and economic insecurity for tens of
thousands of working people in the region, and the closure of thousands of businesses.
The pandemic has also demonstrated enduring sources of strength, including the natural human
inclinations toward co-operation, care, compassion and the rendering of mutual aid.
Finally, the pandemic has demonstrated ecological benefits arising from reduced impacts from
human activity on the atmosphere and on fragile ecosystems, with substantial reductions in
greenhouse gas emissions (CO2), which contribute to climate change, and nitrogen dioxide
(NO2), which impacts air quality and human health. Natural ecosystems are already
demonstrating signs of recovery within the very short timeframe of declining economic activity.
As we look ahead to the post-Covid-19 recovery, and begin to consider the measures that
individuals, communities and public and private institutions can take, it is worth considering
retaining elements of the Covid crisis response on a steady-state basis, to respond effectively to
three major crises that pre-dated Covid-19 in BC’s capital region and beyond:
Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 May 2020 15:39
OPEN LETTER: Call for the Halting of Site C Construction Due to the COVID-19 Outbreak PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 30 March 2020 06:29

OPEN LETTER: Call for the Halting of Site C Construction Due to the COVID-19 Outbreak


Premier of Executive Council Honourable Adrian Dix Minster of Health

OPEN LETTER: Call for the Halting of Site C Construction Due to the COVID-19 Outbreak

Dear Premier Horgan and Minister Dix:

We are writing to request that immediate action be taken to compel BC Hydro to halt all construction at Site C Dam due to the risk COVID-19 now poses to vulnerable workers and nearby Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in northeast B.C.

Through UBCIC Resolution 2011-25, UBCIC highlighted the environmental dangers of the Site C Dam and pointed to the devastating effects it will have on the Treaty and Aboriginal Rights of Treaty 8 First Nations. UBCIC now calls upon the Province to recognize that the transmission of COVID-19 amongst workers is an urgent and pressing concern. BC Hydro has confirmed that 16 of its construction workers at the Site C Dam site are under self-isolation with flu like symptoms. Given the close quarters and inevitable contact points at the 1,600-worker camp, an outbreak of COVID-19 would be disastrous and with dire implications for nearby communities, including First Nation communities. We are informed that there is an extreme shortage of health services in northeast British Columbia, with virtually no hospital beds available to handle an outbreak in Fort St. John or nearby Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 May 2020 22:13
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