Alberta Oil Sands

Study Exposes Tailings Ponds Pollution Whammy

CP | Bob Weber, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.27.2014 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - New federal government research has confirmed that oilsands tailings ponds are releasing toxic and potentially cancer-causing chemicals int...

Alberta's Oilsands Monitoring FAIL

CP | Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.11.2014 | Canada Alberta

CALGARY - Alberta's auditor general says a report from the Alberta and federal governments on their much-vaunted joint oilsands monitoring program too...

What Naomi Klein Needs To Learn About Alberta vs. Other Oil Jurisdictions

Cody Battershill | Posted 11.17.2014 | Canada Alberta
Cody Battershill

There's something about a new Naomi Klein book that always seems to attract a lot of attention. And not just from middle-of-the-road Western Canadians like myself who work hard for a living and enjoy the beautiful, natural settings where we live, work and raise our families. No, Klein even seems to attract the ire of -- you guessed it -- "big environmentalism." It's a credit to her proven ability to lay out the controversial argument. People love that.

Sunny Freeman

Government Memo Criticized Top Biologist For Oilsands Comments

HuffingtonPost.com | Sunny Freeman | Posted 08.19.2014 | Canada Alberta

One of Canada’s top biologists says he will not stop talking to the media after a government memo accused him of bias and speaking out of turn about...

Critics Accuse Alberta Of 'Smokescreen' Emissions Tactics

CP | Bob Weber, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.14.2014 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - Opposition politicians and environmental groups are criticizing the Alberta government for what they call a lack of response to data showin...

Kinder Morgan Failed To Answer Pipeline Questions: Vancouver

CP | Dene Moore, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.03.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Kinder Morgan has failed to answer many of the questions put to the company about its proposed Trans Mountain pipeline through the regulat...

This Is How Quickly The Oilsands Are Growing

CP | Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.09.2014 | Canada Alberta

CALGARY - Oilsands production is expected to grow steadily in the years to come, but at a slower pace than previously forecast because of rising costs...

LOOK: Travelling To The Oilsands Is Downright Luxurious

The Huffington Post Alberta | Posted 06.05.2014 | Canada Alberta

Travelling to the Alberta oilsands by bus just got a lot more comfortable. A passenger bus line from Eastern Canada will make its debut Thursday, ...

Canada's Tar Sands Don't Affect Our Economy As Much As You Think

Hannah McKinnon | Posted 06.08.2014 | Canada Impact
Hannah McKinnon

If Canada can make the right choice and tone down the 'dig baby dig, drill baby drill' mentality, not only would Canada not be worse off economically, but we would have a safer environment, and be able to seize the incredible opportunities to invest in the sophisticated clean technology that is going to power this century.

Oilsands Not Really As Important As You'd Think

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 04.04.2014 | Canada Business

Many supporters of the Keystone XL have been warning that failing to build the pipeline — or at least some other infrastructure to carry oil — wou...

Elizabeth May's "4 Facts" Are Still Just Speculation

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 06.02.2014 | Canada Politics
Kenneth P. Green

Elizabeth May has chosen to respond to my critique of her Green Party website post "4 facts about Keystone XL" here on the Huffington Post Blog. It's ...

NY Times: Is Canada Tarring Itself?

New York Times | Posted 04.01.2014 | Canada Business

Start with the term “tar sands.” In Canada only fervent opponents of oil development in northern Alberta dare to use those words; the preferred ph...

U.S. Town Mulls Permanent Ban On Alberta Oil

CBC | Posted 05.28.2014 | Canada Business

South Portland, Maine, could be the first U.S. city to pass a law to block Alberta oilsands crude from getting anywhere near its waterfront. The ci...

Seems the Fraser Institute Didn't Quite "Get" My Letter to John Kerry

Elizabeth May | Posted 05.24.2014 | Canada Politics
Elizabeth May

The HuffPost blog from the Fraser Institute's Senior Director, Natural Resource Studies, Kenneth Green, set out to make me look uninformed based on my submission to the U.S. State Department on the proposed Keystone pipeline. From his first words, it was pretty clear he didn't grasp the concept of writing a letter.

Elizabeth May's Fact Sheet Is More of an Opinion Sheet

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 05.21.2014 | Canada Politics
Kenneth P. Green

Recently, Green Party leader Elizabeth May orchestrated an open letter to United States Secretary of State John Kerry, urging the U.S. to reject the Keystone XL pipeline. In her note, Ms. May states that she sent Mr. Kerry "4 facts about Keystone XL." Unfortunately, two of Ms. May's facts aren't actually facts, and two of her facts are so lacking in context as to constitute merely factoids.

Fort McMurray Is Safer Than You Think

Neil Boyd | Posted 05.05.2014 | Canada Alberta
Neil Boyd

The truth is that the crime rate in Wood Buffalo, for almost all kinds of crime, is below Alberta averages, and often below Canadian norms as well. The rate of all forms of property crime is below national and provincial averages, and the rate of all forms of violent crime is below Alberta averages.

Crime Down, Cocaine Up In 'Fort McMoney'

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.03.2014 | Canada Alberta

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. - A study is suggesting that Alberta's oilsands capital is not the wild and woolly, crime-ridden boomtown it's sometimes painted ...

The Proposed Kitimat Oil Refinery Is Just Another Barrier to Oil Sands Development

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 04.19.2014 | Canada Politics
Kenneth P. Green

Both the people lauding the refinery proposal and those condemning it miss the point. In tying pipeline development to the building of a heavy-oil refinery in B.C., MLA Andrew Mr. Weaver is not so much accepting a reasonable compromise as he is floating still another costly, lengthy, prerequisite to new pipelines.

Health Risks Of Oilsands Likely Worse Than We Thought

CP | John Cotter, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.05.2014 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - A new study suggests the environmental health risks of oilsands operations in Alberta's Athabasca region have probably been underestimated....

14 Things We Learned From Neil Young's Anti-Oilsands Tour

The Huffington Post Alberta | Posted 01.24.2014 | Canada Alberta

Neil Young's Honour the Treaties tour has come to an end but not before it sparked some soul searching, and a lot of praise and rage. Those who dep...

You Should Be Outraged!

CP | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Business

TORONTO — The chief executives of two of Canada's biggest energy companies say Canadians should be outraged by criticism of the oilsands. Cenovus...

We Must Stand Firm and Demand Safer Pipelines

DeSmog Canada | Posted 03.17.2014 | Canada Politics
DeSmog Canada

By the end of this month the federal pipeline regulator, the National Energy Board (NEB), is expected to approve Enbridge's proposal for its 38-year old Line 9 oil pipeline in Ontario and Quebec, which would carry shale oil -- known for its propensity to explode as it did in North Dakota. With that in mind, the province of Ontario must hold its ground on Line 9 and ensure its demands for a safer pipeline are met.

Is This The Solution To Alberta's Emissions Problem?

CP | John Cotter, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.16.2014 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - A report says Alberta could save money and cut greenhouse gas emissions if it offered people and businesses financial incentives to become ...

Alberta's The Champ.. Of Destroying Pretty Things

CP | Bob Weber, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.15.2014 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - A national study suggests that Alberta has disturbed more natural landscape than any other province.The analysis by Global Forest Watch add...

'Things Are Coming To A Head'

CP | Bob Weber, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.03.2014 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - Simmering disputes over the oilsands between Alberta aboriginals and the provincial and federal governments will break into the open in 201...