Drill, Bébé, Drill
QUEBEC HAS COME UNDER FIRE FROM environmentalists for allowing fracking on an island in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Liberal Premier Philippe Couillard says he’s sticking to a deal inked by the previous Parti Québécois government to allow test drills on Anticosti, a 200-kilometer long island known for its salmon fishing. Couillard had previously said he’d can the project, telling CBC News “the destruction of a natural environment like Anticosti will not bear my signature.”
Quebec City-based fracking firm Petrolia, will draw up to 30 million liters of water at three test sites, much of it from rivers on the island. The wastewater will be treated and dumped into the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
The agreement with Petrolia was signed before the 2014 election. “The contract is there. We have to follow it,” Couillard says. “It doesn’t mean that we’re happy. We’re going to protect that unique ecosystem, I can tell you that.” Just before calling the election, thenpremier Pauline Marois announced the deal saying, “Today, Quebec is taking back its rights on natural resources” to ensure Quebec will lessen its dependence on foreign oil.
Canadian energy proponents like to make targets of those eastern-province politicans who block energy development in their own provinces while benefiting from the federal equalizaion payments that western-province energy development provides.