The Hunt for Fossil Fuel on Anticosti Island — Fracking on a remote Canadian island paradise

This island in a remote part of Quebec has, until lately, been a paradise of woods and wildlife.  The biggest industry was hunting and fishing and farming.  Recently, frackable shale deposits have been found on Anticosti Island, and the oil companies have descended upon the island.  Currently they’re drilling exploratory wells, and expect to start real drilling in 2016.

Some of the local population welcomes the frackers because it will reverse the economic decline on the island.  Others are resigned to the fact that their paradise will be destroyed, and cannot see that they can do anything.  A couple people are vocal about the dangers, and have been documenting what’s been going on.

About David Herron

David Herron is a writer and software engineer living in Silicon Valley. He primarily writes about electric vehicles, clean energy systems, climate change, peak oil and related issues. When not writing he indulges in software projects and is sometimes employed as a software engineer. David has written for sites like PlugInCars and TorqueNews, and worked for companies like Sun Microsystems and Yahoo.

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