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Ashley Fitzpatrick - Of Rock & Sea

A new rig arrives - Venture out about 60 nautical miles off eastern Newfoundland to discover the semi-submersible drill rig West Hercules. The Seadrill rig is a new arrival here, as of Tuesday. And it will be kept in the same general area for a week or two.Then, it will be sent by Statoil to tackle exploration drilling in the Flemish Pass Basin, about 500 kilometres northeast of St. John's. Statoil has three oil finds in the basin, at the Bay du Nord, Harpoon and Mizzen sites. In 2013, the Bay du Nord find was revealed as Statoil's biggest oil discovery outside Norway and the world's largest conventional oil discovery of the year by volume, with an initial estimate of 300 million to 600 million barrels recoverable. Over 18 months, multiple wells will be drilled, using the West Hercules.And so what is there to chew over in all of this?Well, use of the West Hercules rig was first announced in March. The rig has just arrived. Its contracts and related supply and service cover the next year and a half.Timelines around oil exploration, like that being undertaken by Statoil, are not insignificant and play into what Nalcor Energy president and CEO Ed Martin told reporters and editors at The Telegram in a meeting Thursday, when asked about the now well-recognized drop in the price of brent crude since this summer.Martin said oil companies are not making decisions about high-cost projects offshore Newfoundland and Labrador based on a sudden drop in crude prices. They are making decisions based on five to…

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Photo : Ashley Fitzpatrick October 17, 2014
Photo : Jackie McCann-Scott October 27, 2014
Photo : Telegram Photographers June 26, 2014

James McLeod - Briefing Note

U of C says Manning didn’t graduate from grad school - Questions continue to swirl about newly minted Public Safety Minister Judy Manning, her qualifications, how she got the job, and why she refuses to run in one of the upcoming byelections. I reported on a bunch of that stuff for today’s paper (story here) but this morning, I started looking into another angle. Manning graduated from MUN in 2001, and then graduated from law school at Dalhousie in 2004 before being called to the bar in 2005. Then, according to Manning’s official bio published by the provincial government on Tuesday, “Ms. Manning left private practice in Toronto in 2011 to pursue graduate studies in natural resources, energy and environment Law at the University of Calgary. Having returned to legal practice in her home province in 2013, Ms. Manning now enjoys working as a sole practitioner in St. John’s.” Given the provincial government’s involvement in natural resources and energy issues, her studies at the University of Calgary seem interesting. It’s also interesting that the U of C law school lists a 2011 paper from Manning entitled, “Is it within the power of the federal government to facilitate the development of hydroelectric power from Labrador to markets in Canada and the United States using the existing infrastructure of Hydro-Québec for transmission? You can see that here: http://www.law.ucalgary.ca/graduate-programs/bibliographies That website lists bibliographies only. You can’t actually read the article, because apparently the University of Calgary doesn’t have a copy of it. I emailed the media relations rep at the University of Calgary asking for a copy of it,…

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Photo : James McLeod October 02, 2014

Geoff Meeker - Geoff Meeker (Meeker on Media) Blog

Herald in Hot Water - The Herald has landed itself in a cauldron of scalding hot water, over its publication of a rather detestable letter in its August 3-9 edition. The letter, written by Matt Barber, a far-right extremist in the United States, is as mean and intolerant as Christianity can be. It’s the kind of thing you see shared on Tea Party web sites in the United States. Indeed, it’s as if someone trolled a hook through the depths of the Internet, pulled up something ugly and slapped it on the pages of The Herald. If you want to read the text, here’s a link: http://barbwire.com/2014/07/19/coming-christian-revolt/ Western Pride in Corner Brook has filed a human rights complaint with the police about the letter and LGBTQ activist Pamela Sheaves has indicated that she plans to do the same, while St. John’s Pride issued a letter saying they will not pursue legal remedies at this time, planning instead to “work closely with the Herald and the media at large to establish a forthcoming LBGTQ Style Guide for Journalists.” I am an atheist so the column offends me on a number of levels – especially Barber’s accusation that the “secular left” is at war Christianity. I don’t agree with this. I think secular society in the western world is quite tolerant of various religious beliefs. If anything, it’s Christianity that has a hard time with changing societal mores. And that’s the whole point of Barber’s letter: the suggestion that Christianity is under attack. This paragraph pretty much captures the gist of it:…

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Photo : Geoff Meeker August 09, 2014