Energy wells can ‘communicate’ and ‘sterilize’ the landscape Part 3: Trouble Beneath Our Feet

Canadian Natural Resources Limited workers cleaning up the bitumen spill in 2013 after it seeped up through a fissure at their Primrose oil sand projects north of Cold Lake. Alta. ~ Ed Kaiser/Edmonton Journal

Canadian Natural Resources Limited workers cleaning up the bitumen spill in 2013 after it seeped up through a fissure at their Primrose oil sand projects north of Cold Lake. Alta. ~ Ed Kaiser/Edmonton Journal

The sun was beginning to set on the farm near Innisfail, a two-hour drive south of Edmonton, when a wellhead suddenly started spewing oil and fracking fluids 20 metres into the air, coating the snowy field and trees in oily mist.

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Cracks in natural gas ‘bridge’ to clean energy future

 The proposed Woodfibre LNG Project processing and export facility, to be located near Squamish, BC ~Woodfire LNG

The proposed Woodfibre LNG Project processing and export facility, to be located near Squamish, BC ~Woodfire LNG

B.C. Premier Christy Clark sees a big role for natural gas in the “clean energy future.” So does Hillary Clinton, former U.S. secretary of state and probable candidate for president, who likes to describe natural gas as a “bridge” to a greener economy.

A study released Wednesday casts more doubt on such sunny forecasts.

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