Natural Resources

Sep 27, 2016
B.C. Utilities Commission rejects low-carbon power plant for Vancouver
Marcie Good

The B.C. Utilities Commission has rejected a plan for a low-carbon power plant, proposed by the City of Vancouver and developer Ian Gillespie. Creative Energy is a company owned by Gillespie, who planned to build an underground network throughout parts of the downtown peninsula to supply heat and power to...

Sep 22, 2016
Kamloops at the crossroads
Andrew Findlay

From her home in the Aberdeen subdivision high atop Kamloops, overlooking the Thompson River Valley, Helen Newmarch can smell the sagebrush and see the golden grasslands. She and her husband, Bruce, a family physician with a private practice in nearby Sahali, moved to the area in 1983 to be close...

Sep 20, 2016
Enbridge will not appeal ruling against pipeline
Marcie Good

Enbridge will not appeal a recent ruling from the Federal Court of Appeal that overturned Ottawa’s approval of the Northern Gateway pipeline. The court ruled in June that the federal government had not adequately consulted with Indigenous peoples who live near the route, which stretches across northern B.C. to an...

Sep 13, 2016
Prime Minister will likely approve Kinder Morgan pipeline: source
Marcie Good

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau plans to approve at least one new oil pipeline project in his first term, according to a report by Bloomberg News. Quoting sources close to the Prime Minster, Bloomberg points to Kinder Morgan Inc.’s Trans Mountain expansion as the most likely candidate, as Trudeau aims to...

Sep 6, 2016
Enbridge acquires Spectra Energy in $37-billion deal
Marcie Good

Enbridge Inc., Canada’s largest pipeline company, announced on Tuesday the acquisition of Spectra Energy Corp. of Houston in an all-stock deal valued at about $37 billion. The deal is being called the most significant energy deal since oil and natural gas prices crashed in mid-2014, and will create the largest...

Aug 31, 2016
Miner to missionary: The Ross Beaty story
Frances Bula

It was the winter of 2008, and Ross Beaty—a man who’d made his fortune discovering mines, then running them, all around the world—was at the peak of his career. The company he founded in 1994, Pan American Silver Corp., was the second-largest silver-mining operation in the world, with seven mines...

Aug 30, 2016
Booming Vancouver film industry short on locations and workers
Marcie Good

Vancouver has a “burnout of space,” according to film producers who can no longer find unfamiliar shooting locations. “Certain locations have been used so many times that they become recognizable on film and TV,” a local production assistant told CBC. Thanks to the low Canadian dollar and tax incentives offered...

Aug 23, 2016
Vancouver's Rusoro Mining wins US$1.2-billion lawsuit
Marcie Good

Rusoro Mining Ltd. has won US$1.2 billion in a suit against the Venezuelan government, which appropriated its assets in the country in 2011 as part of a nationalization of the gold industry. The Vancouver-based company attempted for several months to negotiate compensation without success before it filed a US$303-billion claim...

Aug 17, 2016
Poll: Should fracking be banned in B.C.?

Recently, documents obtained through freedom of information requests revealed that some BC Hydro experts are worried fracking might cause B.C.’s Peace Canyon Dam to fail. Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is the injection of fluids into rock to release oil and gas; it's been linked to, among other things, earthquakes. The...

Aug 16, 2016
Fracking threatens dams: BC Hydro
Marcie Good

Earthquakes triggered by fracking are a potential danger to Peace River dams, according to internal emails of BC Hydro officials. Those dams at risk include the W.A.C. Bennett Dam, the Peace Canyon Dam and the $9-billion Site C dam, currently under construction. While BC Hydro has never discussed these concerns...

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