Patrick Butler

Patrick Butler is a Radio-Canada journalist based in St. John's. He previously worked for CBC News in Toronto and Montreal.

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Sealing industry bemoans lack of talks on EU ban at summit in N.L.

Members of the seal industry and advocates for the hunt say they don't understand the decision to a hold a Canada-European Union summit in St. John's without making a longtime European ban on seal products a priority during the talks.

'We know nothing': Innu Nation in the dark on Churchill Falls talks

While Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador launched formal negotiations on Churchill Falls about 10 months ago, there still hasn’t been any consultation with the Innu Nation.

Churchill Falls, 'here for many years to come,' has room to grow. Here's why

As Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador discuss the vast hydroelectric plant's future, possible upgrades could mean a 30 per cent boost to capacity.

New combustion turbine could cost $500M, but N.L. Hydro stresses many options are being studied

A new report spells out the possible cost, size and location of a new diesel-fired power plant on the Avalon Peninsula — should Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro decide it’s the best way to meet a projected surge in electricity demand.

Hydrogen plant proponent requests equivalent of 20% of Muskrat Falls electricity

A company looking to build hundreds of wind turbines to power a hydrogen and ammonia factory on Newfoundland's west coast is hoping to plug into the province's grid and draw up to 155 megawatts of electricity. 

N.L. Hydro mulls building new diesel-powered turbine

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is considering building a new power plant on the Avalon Peninsula, to meet an expected surge in electricity demand.

Muskrat Falls transmission fix requires 9,000 new pieces of equipment 

Some 9,000 new pieces of equipment must be installed to fix a recurring hardware issue tormenting the Muskrat Falls transmission lines, according to Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro.

Muskrat Falls generating unit must be fully dismantled, says report

At least one of the generating units at the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric dam must be fully dismantled to undergo repairs. It's a “significant undertaking” for which the cost and timeline are unknown, according to a report submitted to the Public Utilities Board in June.

Oil production in N.L. faces steep decline, could disappear completely by 2050

Oil production in Newfoundland and Labrador is slated to begin a sharp decline within the next decade, peaking at the latest by the early 2030s, according to a report from the Canada Energy Regulator.

BP defends drilling exploration well in marine refuge off Newfoundland

Energy giant BP is standing by its decision to drill an exploratory well in a marine refuge off Newfoundland’s east coast, while the federal natural resources minister says the bounds of the protected area could be redrawn if enough oil is discovered and the company wishes to start production.