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British Columbia is looking at a new approach to tackling climate change – adaptation

Globe and Mail: Premier Christy Clark just handed out her cabinet ministers' assignments for the coming year, laying out their responsibilities and pet projects. Balance the budget, keep government lean, secure the generational opportunity of liquefied natural gas - all the usual themes are there. But buried in the bottom of the priorities list is one new task that signals her government has started to grasp the inescapable impact of climate change. "Working with the Ministry of Environment, undertake an analysis...

Is LNG fracking worth its weight in water?

Globe and Mail: More than seven billion litres of water were used for fracking in B.C. last year. If the government's liquefied natural gas sector takes off, the water needed to get shale gas out of the ground in the northeast corner of the province will likely increase by 500 per cent, or more. Much of that water is consumed with only minimal regulation. A new law set to be introduced in the spring would, for the first time in B.C., impose fees for the use of groundwater and allow for government to restrict...