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Environment: June 2014 Archives

Junex's pilot project for shale gas exploration

Four years after shale gas exploration in the St. Lawrence River valley came to a screeching halt, there are definite signs of renewed interest. The government's environmental review board, the BAPE, has just completed public hearings and will file recommendations by the end of the year.

Quebec exploration company Junex presented its ideas last week. President Peter Dorrins explains their pilot project meant to demonstrate that drilling for shale gas can be done properly.

Gaspé's York River not contaminated, says biologist

Gaspé_Hooké_Saumon.jpgThe York River is a popular salmon fishing destination, located downstream from the Gaspé landfill. Documents obtained by Radio-Canada appear to show above-normal levels of contaminants, including heavy metals and fecal coliforms. The city of Gaspé and the vigilance committee that monitors the York River say the run-off coming from the landfill is not causing significant contamination. Benjamin Gagnon, a biologist and assistant manager of the Société de gestion des rivières de Gaspé, tells us more. Listen here.

Recyc-RPM challenges Quebec recycling industry

Recyc-RPM is the oldest plastic recycling company in Quebec, and it's on the verge of bankruptcy. The owners have had to fire 90 employees, and they're  asking the government to step in. Jean-Yves Bâcle is the Vice-President for Sales and Marketing, and he tells us why the company says Quebec's current recycling programs, should be put out to the curb.  Listen here.