Saturday, September 29, 2012

Natural Resources Canada - a victim of the Canadian government's environmental policies, and a land grab by the Canada Lands Company.

In 1991, Natural Resources Canada was called "The Department of Energy, Mines and Resources"; and the department was deeply committed to protecting Canada's environment from damage caused by oil, gas and mining projects. Scientists at the Department also created groundbreaking studies on alternative energy sources; energy efficiency; conservation, recycling and acid rain.
"Canada's New Government" is gutting Environment Canada's ozone assessment and Arctic research programs in Canada's Far North;
 -cancelled 3,000 environmental assessment reviews on pipeline and other projects;
 -shut down a fresh water research facility in Northern Ontario,
and documents from the Natural Resources Canada Library will most likely be removed, including:
-research and environmental assessments pertaining to the Alberta Tar Sands, aka "Canada's Environmental Armageddon";
-documents confirming that injecting liquids deep underground to extract natural gas creates earthquakes.
-proof that multinational corporations are dumping waste into our rivers, streams, abandoned mines...

CANMET-MTL is relocating to the McMaster Innovation Park in Hamilton, Ontario. The acronym CANMET stands for "Canada Centre for Mineral and Energy Technology". The department "develops safer, environmentally acceptable & cost efficient methods to extract, process & use Canada's natural resources, including oil & gas; monitors uranium resources & oil reserves." (From: Canadian Environmental Directory 1991.)

The Geological Survey of Canada at 601 Booth Street employed 630 people in 1991, and is responsible for "geological, geophysical and geochemical research and surveys directed at the discovery and estimation of mineral and non-renewable energy resources; investigation of geological and geophysical phenomena affecting engineering works and the environment."  The Geological Survey of Canada also analysed earthquake hazards and carried out research in the Arctic.
The Mineral Sciences Laboratories at 555 Booth Street, which employed 190 people in 1991 "Develops and promotes technology to beneficiate ores, extract metals from concentrates and produces marketable mineral products while improving the process economics and reducing the environmental impact." (From: CED 1991.)
Federal civil servants at NRCan are also responsible for The Canadian Centre for Mapping; The Oil and Gas Development Exploration Department, the Canada Centre for Surveying, the National Air Photo Library and the Geological Survey of Canada Library.

The Canadian government will probably give the green light to the Chinese government's takeover of a huge oil company in Alberta, Nexen. China's environmental record is abysmal---the Three Gorges Dam project is an ecological disaster, and China has the dirtiest mines and factories.

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