BREAKING: Quebec Energy Minister tables a bill relegating fossil exploration and extraction to the past

From Caroline Brouillette, Twitter: “An Act to put an end to the exploration for and production of hydrocarbons and to the public funding of such activities”. The bill’s main purpose is to “put an end to the search for hydrocarbons or underground reservoirs, the production of hydrocarbons – oil and gas – and the exploitation of brine.” These activities would be forbidden. There are currently 182 active permits  in Quebec, covering 32000 sq. km.  Environmental, citizen, student and health groups are celebrating the tabling of Bill 21, but asking that it be amended to close the door on the compensation gifts the government wishes to give to the industry. Read more.