Sep
24

What a farce in Nova Scotia

As Bugs Bunny might have said ‘what a bunch of ultra maroons’.  My main question is: can no one, in this founding province of Canada, read French? Those rarified consumers of my blog, which if you are reading this, means you; will perhaps have noticed I have attempted a transformation to back seat driver in… Continue reading »

Aug
04

Quebec and Alberta: different pasts, common future

If Quebec had not imposed a moratorium on shale gas fracing in 2011, I never would have learned French.  Proving it is almost always possible to find a silver lining in hardship. If I had not learned French, I never would have had deep and emotional discussions with many Quebecers about what their language and… Continue reading »

Jun
23

Good news…. At last !

Finally some good news The Quebec Government has made several announcements over the past few weeks that affect hydrocarbon development in the province. I was at the National Assembly for the recent budget, on June 4th, and it’s clear the government is supporting resource development including oil and gas. We especially welcome the end of… Continue reading »

May
02

We don’t know enough

The Council of Canadian Academies just issued their report on fracing. The report implies that Quebec might be the model for the best way forward.  A quote from the report: “The Panel notes that the research needed to support improved science-based decisions concerning cumulative environmental impacts has not yet begun,  except in Quebec, and is unlikely to occur… Continue reading »

Apr
23

First iPhone arrived in 2007

Technology changes incredibly fast. Industry first introduced fracing technology to Quebec in 2007. That is the same year Apple introduced the iPhone . In 2013 it launched the iPhone 5 which is the seventh generation of iPhones in just six years. Due to a moratorium, the last well fraced in Quebec was in 2009. But… Continue reading »

Mar
25

I wish someone would ask me

For some time now opponents of local natural gas development in Quebec have said with low gas prices it’s not economic.  Ergo we shouldn’t develop it. It begs the question: if it’s really not economic to develop, why spend any time or effort opposing it? With their days work done, why don’t they just grab… Continue reading »

Feb
26

Just do it or just stop it

When a Nike ad on TV says ‘just do it’ I usually think maybe I should get off the couch.. After our Utica discovery, the oil and gas industry said ‘just do it” but people weren’t too motivated. Instead the forces of ‘just stop it’ had a field day with us. The Quebec Oil and… Continue reading »

Jan
15

Hidden influence

The Quebec Commission recently published a report on lobbyists. One of their key recommendations is based on an idea out of the blue: the idea that everyone who lobbies is a lobbyist.  The Commission exposes that the very same people, who constantly repeat how industry has dozens of lobbyists, are living in glass houses.  While… Continue reading »

Dec
23

I remember

I have not been so nervous to make a speech in more than twenty years.  I remember my history, my ancestors, and my passing.  The weight of all I remember as a Canadian faced me, as I sat to give my testimony, in the Red Room of the National Assembly. The figures in the painting… Continue reading »

Nov
01

Poisoning the earth

Le Devoir reports that a group of Quebec environmentalists wrote a letter to provoke Michael Binnion on the occasion of the Quebec Oil and Gas Conference. I am blogging on it so consider me provoked. They accuse my industry of wanting to poison the environment. They then say that their accusation is based on the… Continue reading »

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