Alberta Tar Sands

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...

U.S. Town Mulls Permanent Ban On Alberta Oil

CBC | Posted 03.28.2014 | 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...

Alberta's Tar Sands are a Burden, Not a Blessing

Russ Blinch | Posted 03.26.2014 | Canada Politics
Russ Blinch

Stephane Dion, the former Liberal leader, once said that "there is no environmental minister on Earth who can stop the oil from coming out of the sands, because the money is too big." But that was a long time ago and he probably hadn't considered that numerous countries would take action to curb fossil fuel demand.

Koch Brothers Own How Much Of The Oilsands?

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 03.21.2014 | Canada Business

The Koch brothers, owners of the U.S.’s largest privately held company and major supporters of the Tea Party movement, are the single largest U.S. l...

Oilsands' Massive Economic Impact

The Huffington Post Alberta | Posted 02.13.2014 | Canada Alberta

Canadian oilsands production made an economic contribution to the country in 2012 that was far greater than the entire province of Saskatchewan, a new...

How Albertans Really Feel About Neil Young's Oilsands Views

The Huffington Post Alberta | Posted 02.07.2014 | Canada Alberta

Neil Young's controversial remarks about the Alberta oilsands sparked much debate across the country, but a new poll has found most Albertans don't ne...

Hazardous Air Pollutants Are Much Closer Than You Think

University of Toronto News | Posted 04.06.2014 | Canada
University of Toronto News

A new comprehensive modelling assessment of contamination in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region indicates that officially reported emissions of certain hi...

What Alberta Doctors Won't Say About Oilsands Health Concerns

CP | Bob Weber, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.22.2014 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - Opposition politicians are raising concerns over a report done for Alberta's energy regulator that suggests doctors are reluctant to draw l...

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 ...

Neil Young On Oilsands: 'Canada Is Trading Integrity For Money'

The Huffington Post Canada Music | Jason MacNeil | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Music

Neil Young says Canadians should be embarrassed by oilsands development and the government's treatment towards both the environment and First Nations ...

Canada Has a Bad Case of Oil Sands Fever

Yves Engler | Posted 02.26.2014 | Canada Politics
Yves Engler

Environmentalists and union activists should be making common cause by explaining how tar sands profits that go to the rich and powerful cost Canadian workers hundreds of thousands of jobs. Expansion of the tar sands and the resulting bouts of Oil Sands fever may be good for capitalists but it will further weaken the job market and do great harm to Canadian workers.

Bold! Seeking Approval For $7-Billion Oilsands Project

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.16.2014 | Canada Alberta

CALGARY - Imperial Oil Ltd. (TSX:IMO) has applied for regulatory approval to build a new oilsands project northeast of Fort McMurray, Alta., which wou...

The War Against Harper's Pipelines Reaches Tipping Point

Ben West | Posted 02.15.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Ben West

This week will be filled with really big moments for both Enbridge and Kinder Morgan in BC. Today, Kinder Morgan announced that they have finally filed their application to build a new tar sands oil pipeline along the route of the Trans Mountain pipeline. On Thursday or Friday this week, it is suspected that we may finally have a decision from the National Energy Board (NEB) on the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline. Both Kinder Morgan and Enbridge really have become Harper's pipelines. But Enbridge and Kinder Morgan do not have the permission of the people of B.C. The Harper government and these companies still have the opportunity to do the right thing and listen to the people. Please pledge your opposition and end the year by reminding Stephen Harper who really is in charge.

The Costs of Canada's Inability to Ship Oil to Market

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Kenneth P. Green

As almost everyone knows by now, Canada has some interesting challenges looming when it comes to transporting increasing oil production to markets both inside and outside of Canada. What many Canadians might not realize is how important oil exports are to Canada's economy, and how these exports may have become a crutch.

Credibility Of Hollywood Critique Questioned

CP | Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.17.2013 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - Alberta Premier Alison Redford is shaking her head over recent attacks on the oilsands by celebrities Robert Redford and Neil Young, noting...

An Open Letter to Neil Young on Oilsands, Fort McMurray, and Home

Theresa Wells | Posted 11.12.2013 | Canada Alberta
Theresa Wells

Welcome to Fort McMurray, Neil. This is not the place you think it is. Oh, sure, it is the home of the oil sands, and that is our major industry - but it is, as the ads say, so much more than oil. This community is home to thousands of people who live, work, and play here. And some of them, like me, love it. In fact some of us love it so much it feels more like home than anywhere else we have ever lived, and we work every single day to try to make it a better place - and that includes the industry.

Climate Change Missing In Enbridge Northern Gateway Assessment

Chris Genovali | Posted 11.06.2013 | Canada Impact
Chris Genovali

Our environment is changing rapidly and these changes are occurring faster than we can understand them. Climate disruption during the last decades has promoted a reorganization of biological communities, influencing the interrelationships of species and their distributions.

Does Policy-Wonk Nenshi Need A Climate Briefing?

Raphael Lopoukhine | Posted 10.27.2013 | Canada Alberta
Raphael Lopoukhine

Now that Nenshi has witnessed an over $5-billion flood rip through his province and hometown, does he still believe Alberta should exploit the oilsands full tilt despite irreversible impacts, or the feds should continue to hand over $1.4 billion each year in subsidies, or Alberta should continue burning more coal than the rest of the country combined?

The Most Expensive Onshore Oil Spill in U.S. History

Carol Linnitt | Posted 10.27.2013 | Canada
Carol Linnitt

The largest onshore oil spill in US history -- Enbridge's ruptured Line 6B that released nearly 3 million liters of tar sands diluted bitumen into a tributary of the Kalamazoo River in Michigan -- finally has an official price tag: $1,039,000,000 USD. That's according to newly disclosed figures released by Enbridge in a Revised Application to expand another one of its pipelines, the Alberta Clipper.

Harper's Tories Try To Prove Oilsands Aren't As Dirty As They Think

CP | Fannie Olivier, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.08.2013 | Canada Alberta

OTTAWA - The science behind a European fuel-quality directive that slams Canada's oilsands is being targeted by the Harper government, which is seekin...

There's No Excuse for Inciting Fear of Others

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 09.18.2013 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

Mark Taliano, the author of the blog, Canada's Hidden Fundamentalism, is a fear-monger telling us that we're about to be overrun by crazy Christian f...

Heartbreak at the Edge of Canada's Tar Sands

Caitlyn Vernon | Posted 09.11.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Caitlyn Vernon

"Here," said a Heiltsuk friend as we began the walk, "put this in your pocket, it will help protect you." She handed me a piece of dried Devil's club bark, medicine from the B.C. coastal rainforest to carry with me as we walked by Alberta's tar sands facilities. Strong medicine was definitely in order as my lungs hurt, heart ached, and eyes welled up with tears with all that I witnessed.

Alberta's Underground 'Oil Blowout' Industry and Government Don't Want You to Know About

Emma Pullman | Posted 09.02.2013 | Canada Alberta
Emma Pullman

"We don't know what the hell is going on under the ground". That's what Crystal Lameman, a member of the Beaver Lake Cree Nation told me this morning. On June 27, an oil spill occurred at Canadian Natural Resources Limited's Primrose operations. The spill happened on the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range, located in a region The Royal Canadian Airforce calls "the inhospitable wilds of northern Alberta and Saskatchewan." This 'inhospitable' region happens to be in her community's traditional hunting territory where her family traditionally hunted and trapped and where her elders are buried.

Alberta Energy Regulator Gerry Protti is the Oil Patch Lobby's Golden Goose

Kevin Grandia | Posted 07.07.2013 | Canada Alberta
Kevin Grandia

Gerry Protti, Alberta's new overseer of environment and safety in the province's oilpatch, has been central to a network of oil industry front groups and lobbyists for many years and it is raising the eyebrows of more than a few people. Protti was recently named as the new head of the Alberta Energy Regulator, a new provincial agency whose mandate, is "...to provide for the efficient, safe, orderly and environmentally responsible development of energy resources in Alberta."