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Environment: August 2013 Archives

Petrolia wants liquefied petroleum gel as fracking fluid, instead of water president of Petrolia, André Proulx, raised eyebrows in recent days when he talked about using a different fracking technology in its drilling for oil on Anticosti Island. The method involves using liquefied petroleum gel as the fracking fluid, instead of water.

André Proulx says this technique would solve two big problems. He says fracking with a propane gel would be more effective in getting the oil out of the rock and that it would also be better environmentally than using water, especially on Anticosti, where there would not be any water treatment facility.

The technology was developed in Canada, by the Calgary-based company, GasFrac Energy. It's been used in New Brunswick, on a natural gas field developed by Corridor Resources. Corridor is Petrolia's partner on Anticosti Island. We spoke with Eric Tudor, a chemical engineer who works with GasFrac in Houston, Texas.

The first voice you will hear is that of Petrolia's André Proulx.

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World's largest phytoplankton-producing areas to be a new aquatic reserveéserveManicouagan.jpgQuebec produces a lot of things in abundance: Hydro-electric power... maple syrup. But, were you aware that one of the world's largest phytoplankton-producing areas is located right here in this province?

It's a salt marsh, along the Saint-Lawrence river on the Manicouagan Peninsula. Last week, the Quebec government announced the area will become a protected marine park.

Jean-Phillippe Messier is Director of the nearby Manicouagan-Uapishka World Biosphere Reserve in Baie-Comeau, and has been involved in the discussions about the park's creation.

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Exploring Canada's unmapped rivers have been exploring far-off lands for milleniums now. And while it may seem that unknown parcels of land are few and far between, one young explorer has set out to discover parts of Canada that remain unmapped.

Adam Shoalts has just returned from an expedition on the Again River, which runs just south of Hudson Bay. He set out with the help of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society to gather pictures and descriptions of the many rapids and waterfalls along the river, not shown on existing topographical maps. Shoalts joined us on the line this morning from St-Catherines, Ontario.

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