NAFTA is a dirty word, especially on the Digby Neck in Nova Scotia. Back in 2007, people in Sandy Cove won a years-long fight to stop a quarry from being built in their backyards. Now a NAFTA tribunal is trying to get Canada to pay up for enforcing its own laws.
Communities in the Atlantic are currently dealing with the fallout of fracking projects that occurred prior to New Brunswick and Nova Scotia’s moratoriums.
Water protectors in summer 2017 celebrate grandmother Josephine Mandamin visiting the Treaty Camp against Alton Gas.
This week Alton Gas officially announced their project won't be completed until 2021, a full 11 years after their original completion date. Information about this project has been hard to get, so here's a summary of what we know.
The Council of Canadians is organizing a hard-hitting coastal speaking tour providing evidence of the serious risks of offshore drilling in the wake of the recent federal approval of up to seven BP exploratory wells off the southeast coast of Nova Scotia.
K’JIPUKTUK (Halifax) – A coalition of groups and citizens is raising the alarm following the Nova Scotia Department of Energy’s under-the-radar release of their Onshore Petroleum Atlas. The Nova Scotia Fracking Resource and Action Coalition (NOFRAC) says the release of this atlas, which touts the potential economic benefits of fracking in the province, points to a possible intention by the government to reintroduce the dangerous gas extraction method despite the moratorium implemented in 2014.
Halifax, NS – Representatives of several Halifax-based environmental, social justice and cultural groups are condemning the heavy-handed actions of the RCMP which have led to the arrest of 12 protesters seeking to halt the advance of fracking in Kent County, NB, north of Moncton.
Good Friday started the weekend off with a call for a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in Nova Scotia. Attended by over 150 people from across the province, the rally outside of Province House had a lot of energy and positive reception from the media as well. Chapters from Inverness County, North Shore, Halifax and Annapolis Valley were in attendance, so the Council was well-represented!!
The Inverness County chapter of the Council of Canadians has been very active in their area on the issue of hydraulic fracturing, once they heard that PetroWorth, a German oil and gas outfit with land holdings in NS, NB and PEI, was coming to explore around Lake Ainslie. Lake Ainslie is the largest freshwater lake in Nova Scotia and is surrounded by small rural communities in central Cape Breton.
The Dexter NDP government is being prodded by a new provincial fair trade coalition -- Trading Options -- to go public with what European trade negotiators are asking of the province in ongoing free trade talks, the second round for which end in Brussels on Friday. In a press release issued today, the coalition (see below for members) writes that, "They want Premier Dexter to establish a mechanism for receiving public input to assess the broader societal impacts of free trade with Europe." Sounds like a good plan for any province. Provincial and national consultations (beyond DFAIT's passive and expired eConsultations) are well overdue. Click on "read more" to see the release.