Not wanted in Quebec

“Arcand and Charest have taken the necessary steps to commence a process of exploration in shale gas”

Not wanted in Quebec

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Shale gas is fuelling a political firestorm in Quebec, where a recent Léger Marketing poll found that three-quarters of residents want a moratorium on drilling. But neither Ottawa nor the province have any plans to curtail the industry. “Minister [Pierre] Arcand and Premier [Jean] Charest have taken the necessary steps to commence a process of exploration in shale gas. We support that process,” said federal Environment Minister Jim Prentice.

Still, the vocal majority, who’ve been vehemently protesting—and once forced an energy executive to flee a town hall meeting out of fear for his own safety—have earned a few small victories. The government is starting public hearings into the environmental impact of shale gas, and is scrambling to write industry regulations. Meanwhile, two of the biggest energy players in the province, Questerre Energy Corp. and Talisman Energy Inc., are pushing back a major exploration project by six months. They blame the public backlash, low natural gas prices and the high costs of importing workers and infrastructure.

But with some of Canada’s richest reserves and an industry expected to generate up to 19,000 jobs and $1 billion annually in tax revenue for Quebec, drilling is all but an inevitability, regardless of how many executives are sent running.




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Not wanted in Quebec

  1. Here again, the legitimate debate that needs to take place will be fill by special interests group (on both sides of this debate) and the population as usual will be left with another missed opportunity to enrich my beloved province…. We are pathetic and no need of Maclean's this time to see it.

  2. Why should Quebec risk the consequences of this development when it is possible to live off of equalization from Alberta's riches and Alberta gets the dead-duck tailing ponds instead? Victoire-victoire pour le Québec…

    • hehe, Living off our table scraps is victory to you is it?

    • Let's all forget about the time when Alberta didn't have massive revenues from the Oil Sands and lived off the back of all the other provinces shall we?

  3. One has to sit back and admire sheer power of ignorance that the green lobby and Quebecs language bubble create. Its an emergent stupidity. Its almost pretty to watch because I know how this story ends and its awesome.

    • I know how your story ends too and thats even more awesome

  4. Why would they develop what they have when they can continue to work the least amount per week, enjoy subsidized everything while the rest of Canada works so they can lay around? Who can blame them? If I was Canada’s spoiled rotten fave son I wouldn’t want to work for my money either.

  5. Seen from inside the province, or at least from Quebec media (I'm out of country at this moment), it appears differently, and citizens' concerns more legitimate. Effectively, several of the most prominent representatives of the gas industry are ex Liberal staffers, giving a definite air of undue proximity between the government and the industry. Add to this Miss Normandeau's declaration that she wouldn't let herself stopped by "the Greenpeaces of this world", the environment minister's relative weakness and inexperience, and you get a set of circumstances in which a lack of trust is merely natural. You could also ponder the issue of the mining industry not paying anywhere near what it should and the government not seeming particularly distressed about it. Let's not forget that this controversy takes place after over a year of scandals and allegations concerning the QLP's ties with the construction industry.

    Bottom line is: this government hasn't given Quebecers any reason to trust it with both respecting proper regulations and collecting appropriate royalties.

  6. I think exploiting the has is a great idea however things need to get done properly.

    I'e been keeping an eye on the issues by reading the Quebec media and a lot it is reasonable: the governemnt was very quick in handing huge contracts to it's friends and hasn't looked into the possible issues of this exploitation. It's all happening very fast and the general idea from the media/population seems to be: let's make sure things are done properly.

    I'd say that's fairly reasonable, and I don't think anyone in Quebec wants the shale gas to simply stay there if we can use it: at least I haven't read or heard anything of the sort.

  7. There are responsible ways of extracting shale gas. What Quebecers should work on is tightening legislation, ensuring Oilcos keep to the standards.And ensure that Oilcos are punished for irresponsible conduct. Quebec and Canada need to monetize shale gas and create new jobs

  8. Do we really have to extract it just because it's there? Can't we ever use a little self-restraint?

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