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Natural Resources

Mar 5, 2009
The Dirty PR Battle Over "Clean Coal"

Some of the facts are indisputable: The burning of coal hastens global warming because it releases carbon dioxide. It also leads to acid rain and air pollution. And as the green movement gains in momentum, the coal industry is faced with an uphill PR battle.

Mar 1, 2009
The Black Market of B.C. Coal Miners
Erin Millar

As B.C. coal miners expand into places like Mongolia and Indonesia – where costs are lower and political climates more welcoming – questions are being raised about the associated environmental and social toll – and who, if anyone, will be picking up the tab.

Jan 1, 2009
Mine Games
BCBusiness D.B.

Sitting in a room with a group of high-profile insiders in the B.C. mining industry, the one thing that stands out is a sense of rejection, of an industry that built cities and towns across the province asking, “Do you want us here or not?” Vancouver is a centre for mining...

Dec 22, 2008
Lining Up at the Trough
Tony Wanless

The forestry industry in B.C. and Canada is now lining up in Ottawa and asking for a bailout or some other kind of relief for its problems. Can't say as I blame them. Why shouldn't they? After all, they do represent a real Canadian industry, instead of branch plants of...

Dec 1, 2008
Blowing in the Wind
Christopher Pollon

There are few places on Earth where the forces of nature are on such violent, chaotic display as Hecate Strait, the narrow stretch of shallow ocean that separates the Queen Charlotte Islands from the B.C. coast. Winter low-pressure systems born over Alaska can push winds to 160 km/h, driving waves...

Dec 1, 2008
Trouble Microbrewing
Susan Hollis

Few inventions have withstood the test of time as well as beer. Sipped by ancient pharaohs and Sumerian rulers over 6,000 years ago, the concoction has survived the Dark Ages, the Renaissance, Industrial Revolution and Prohibition. Many things go into beer’s complex creation, including malt, water and yeast, but it...

Nov 19, 2008
Crude Oil and the Prospects for Natural Gas
BCBusiness D.B.

The past year has been a roller- coaster ride for those who consume and produce energy – in other words, all of us. The price of a barrel of crude oil – affecting everything from the cost of gasoline to...

Oct 9, 2008
B.C.'s Gas Reserves: Wells of Fortune
Don Whiteley

Calgary oilman Mike Graham remembers the summer of 2003 in B.C. Forest fires were consuming half the province and threatened the city of Kelowna; it was the worst forest fire season on record. The provincial government’s bill for fighting all the fires was nearly $400 million – more than double...

Sep 3, 2008
Beekeeping: The Sweet Science
Susan Hollis

One day I was driving out in Langley and I saw the Bee Centre. I thought, “Damn it, I’ve done enough reading about it – I’m going to go get some bees.” I went in there and the guy wouldn’t...

Sep 3, 2008
Forestry Labour: Remote Recruiting
Peter Severinson

The problem with people is that, unlike coal or wood chips, they can’t simply be trucked around at the whims of supply and demand. But on June 25, a block of staff-hungry B.C. employers dispatched their recruiters to the Prince George Civic Centre to do their best. An estimated 3,000...

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