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New attempt at geothermal could be coming to Fort Liard

By Caitrin Pilkington, Cabin Radio, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The Fort Liard-based Acho Dene Koe First Nation is partnering with a Nanaimo-based company to explore a potential geothermal energy project. 

The company, Barkley Project Group, is also behind a geothermal project in Fort Nelson (photo at top of page), Fort Liard’s near neighbour in northern B.C., which is on track to become the first geothermal plant owned by a First Nation in Canada. 

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How will Canada’s North afford the great permafrost thaw?

By Caitrin Pilkington, Cabin Radio, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

In 2017, experts estimated the annual cost of damage caused by permafrost thaw to be $51 million. With no easy solution in sight, what will happen as the problem intensifies?

N.W.T. Association of Communities chief executive Sara Brown first presented that figure in 2017 and has since lobbied the federal government for increased funding to address the issue. 

The government has funded permafrost education and research like a $17,000 “information hub” in Inuvik, but no comprehensive strategy exists to address rapidly deteriorating infrastructure. 

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