NOVEMBER 17, 2015 Habib Dagher, director of UMaine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center, in front of the VolturnUS prototype wind turbine deployed off the shores of Castine in 2014. BY JAMES MCCARTHY Monday’s announcement that a consortium led … Continue reading LOOKING BACK & FORWARD: University of Maine offshore wind project continues.
February, 2008. It’s been fascinating watching the fever building in Saint John around “The Great Energy Hub”. Certainly everyone is doing a great job in building the hype that seems to be necessary to move these developments forward. The Telegraph … Continue reading LOOKING BACK: Saint John’s Energy Hub Hype – 2008
Since its closure at Wiscasett, Maine in 1997, the nuclear waste from the Maine Yankee Nuclear Plant remains stored onsite … apparently with no place yet to go and at an annual cost of about $10 million dollars or more … Continue reading ISSUES: Maine Yankee Nuclear Waste – Still No Place to Go? Update 2022
A massive new oil-drilling proposal that would extract up to 1 billion barrels of oil is sitting on the Environment Minister’s desk.1,2 The Bay du Nord project — an offshore drilling project in Newfoundland — is a carbon bomb. It would push us further … Continue reading Minister Guilbeault: Hit the brakes on the Bay du Nord project and invest in sustainable jobs instead
NUCLEAR QUESTION FOR TODAY In February 9, 2012, two environmental groups, the Atlantic Chapter of the Sierra Club and the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility, called on nuclear authorities to drain radioactively contaminated heavy water from the core of the … Continue reading NUCLEAR QUESTION: Was radioactive heavy water removed from Point Lepreau reactor 8 years ago?
Many of us wonder about the huge wind generators that huge companies seem to want to use to generate power. The issues are self-apparent, but there have always been many more modest but workable options and more are emerging as … Continue reading ENERGY: Yes there are solutions other than huge wind generators. Check out these options!!
Right Whale at Head Harbour Lighthouse. Danielle Dion photo. ************************************************ 16 years ago, the battle against LNG development at Eastport, Maine required proof that Right Whales were common at the mouth of the Bay of Fundy. Memories From 2006 Ever … Continue reading LOOKING BACK & FORWARD– Right Whales Lay Claim to Historic Grounds
LNG presents fire risks, pollution risks, transport risks, marine fauna risk and greenhouse gas emissions. Spending 10 years helping to protect Passamaquoddy Bay from several proposed LNG terminals, led to the accumulation of a lot of information on LNG and … Continue reading ISSUES – LNG is good for the environment you say … really?
Overlooking Passamaquoddy Bay, Split Rock emerges from the beach a short walk from Sipayik, the Passamaquoddy village at Pleasant Point, Maine. It is small, nondescript, and has little if any intrinsic value. Yet Split Rock became the symbol for a … Continue reading NATIVE AMERICANS -Split Rock – The Spirit of Quoddy
Source: Why Nova Scotia’s fossil fuel energy megaprojects are going bust | CBC News A first post for 2022 indicates fossil fuel extraction offshore is not working out. Good News for the ocean!! Art MacKay, Jan 2, 2022 *************************** Click … Continue reading ENERGY – Why Nova Scotia’s fossil fuel energy megaprojects are going bust – Jan 2, 2022
Special Report House of Irving A series by investigative reporter Bruce Livesey examines the powerful role the Irving family plays in the business, politics and media of New Brunswick and beyond. https://www.nationalobserver.com/u/bruce-livesey National Observer 8 Articles ****************************************** The Irvings’ … Continue reading ISSUES: 9 Links to Articles About the House of Irving by Investigative Reporter Bruce Livesy.
As this presentation shows, wind power has been around for a long time. Unlike the monster systems being pushed by industry today, systems were built locally using readily available materials. They served specific users in the community. Will these systems … Continue reading WIND ENERGY – The Way It Was and Could Be Still!
Here’s an example for the International St. Croix River. I’m part owner of my power company and I want my shares! …and my dividends! by Art MacKay Our earth is filled with valuable assets. Consider our quarries, our gold … Continue reading COMMUNITY: Could citizens participate directly in a publicly owned business like NB Power? Food for thought.
ISSUES_ Another Japanese tsunami and wishful thinking at Point Lepreau The Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station is now up and running and this accident prone facility is still sitting on one of the most exposed points of land in the … Continue reading ISSUES – Another Japanese tsunami and wishful thinking at Point Lepreau
Under the United National Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), we have established Zones of influence over our oceans. They are less than perfect, but there are legal mechanisms for settling disputes, although ultimately “power”, financial or … Continue reading IDEAS: Community Economic Zones – Let’s Do Business! Could this ever happen?
Can anyone remember this? Street Lamp Maintenance, 1910. From: History Nova Scotia Continue reading HISTORY: Municipal maintenance has changed … a little 😉
Bitumen from Alberta is destined for export via tankers through the Gulf of Maine. Data shows that traffic from Saint John, NB will double. Along with proposed and existing offshore drilling for gas and oil, dumping of fracking and mine … Continue reading LOOKING BACK: More on the Tar Sands Pipeline – Canadian Bitumen from Alberta Threatens the Gulf of Maine
For several years now, Adam Wintle and Dan Bell have been pitching the concept that burying Continue reading “ENERGY: Two Maine companies team up to convert food waste into clean energy, 2016”
Some may remember my posts about iodine- 131 in dulse in the Bay of Fundy. Four points: 1. It can and probably has happened here in NB. 2. The “half-life” is the time (8days) it takes to lose half its … Continue reading NUCLEAR: Another radioactive “couldn’t happen” happened in BC
As the tragedy deepens in Japan, the impacts begin to spread around the world as the links below attest … But I still hear people saying we are better, ours is safer, it’s about the jobs … While the earth … Continue reading NUCLEAR CONCERNS: But we are smarter than the Japanese. Right? And CANDUs are better? Right?
AS REPORTED IN 2015 – WILL THIS WORK IN THE BAY OF FUNDY, GULF OF MAINE AND ELSEWHERE ALONG OUR COAST? Now it’s back, as the plant built by Maki Ocean Engineering proves. It’s the largest of its kind in … Continue reading ENERGY: Power plant uses ocean temperatures to generate energy. CAN WE DO THIS HERE?
Originally published October 30, 2015, the article below is just a fraction of the applicable information that is being published today by Maine Coalition to Stop Smart Meters. Go to the website to get all of the information – https://www.mainecoalitiontostopsmartmeters.org/ … Continue reading ISSUES: How Smart are Smart Meters You Ask ?
Above: An LNG tanker passed under the Tobin Bridge and into the Mystic River in Chelsea. Could extra LNG supplies help restrain winter gas prices? Energy companies are seeing weaker demand for natural gas in Asia and Europe. By Jack … Continue reading ISSUES: LOOKING BACK 2015 – More LNG could flow to Boston this winter
I fell in to a burning ring of fireI went down, down, downand the flames went higher.And it burns, burns, burnsthe ring of firethe ring of fire. Well …. Bay of Fundy and Nova Scotia residents will be interested to … Continue reading ENERGY: LNG DOESN’T BURN? Fire Demo Sparks Serious Debate
Click to access fracking-in-nb-are-there-two-sides-to-this-story_.pdf Continue reading ISSUES: Fracking in NB – Are there two sides to this story?