Canada Oilsands

A Better, Greener Alberta is Possible: Lets Work to Make It Real

Mike Hudema | Posted 05.29.2015 | Canada Alberta
Mike Hudema

What I do know is that we all need to do our part to act on the growing climate crisis and since Alberta creates more carbon pollution than Ontario and Quebec combined, the province has a long way to go to do its fair share.

Group Asks Alberta Government to Review Oilsands Water Usage Amid Wildfires

Carol Linnitt | Posted 05.29.2015 | Canada Alberta
Carol Linnitt

The Keepers of the Athabasca want to know if the NDP will consider revising water use rules in light of extreme conditions induced by climate change. The group argues current rules are based "on our once vibrant past when water was plentiful."

Why Won't the NEB Order a Safety Test of Enbridge's Line 9?

DeSmog Canada | Posted 05.28.2015 | Canada Business
DeSmog Canada

Environmental and citizen groups in Quebec are demanding the National Energy Board explain why it refuses to order a hydrostatic safety test of Enbridge's Line 9 pipeline, a west-to-east oil pipeline that could come online as early as next month. A hydrostatic test or hydrotest is a commonly used method to determine whether a pipeline can operate safely at its maximum operating pressure. The test involves pumping water through the pipeline at levels higher than average operating pressures.

Oilsands Are Dying, Canada Should Become Food Superpower: Rubin

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 05.21.2015 | Canada Business

When it comes to the Harper government’s newly announced carbon emissions targets, Jeff Rubin doesn’t mince words. “It’s a greenwash,” th...

A Look At Canada's Oil Sector Before And After The Collapse

CP | Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.19.2015 | Canada Alberta

In June 2014, the U.S. benchmark crude price averaged US$105.79 a barrel. By January of this year, it had shrivelled to just US$47.22.

185,000 Jobs At Risk In Oil Industry

CP | Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.19.2015 | Canada Business

"Certainly the impact is fairly significant in terms of various provinces and various industries feeling the oil price downturn."

Shell Canada Delays Oilsands Project By Years

CP | Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.08.2015 | Canada Alberta

CALGARY - Shell Canada says its Carmon Creek oilsands project will start up a couple of years later than planned as the company looks to drive down co...

Canadians Want Climate Action. So What Are the Conservatives Waiting For?

Carol Linnitt | Posted 04.24.2015 | Canada Politics
Carol Linnitt

While the majority of Canadians see climate change as a serious threat to the planet, Canada has no climate legislation and, according to Environment Canada, growing emissions from the Alberta oilsands will prevent the country from meeting its emission reduction targets under the Copenhagen Accord.

This Earth Day, Harper's Silence Was Deafening

Mike Hudema | Posted 04.24.2015 | Canada Politics
Mike Hudema

There was no Earth Day speech. No urgent call to action. No outlining of the threats we face or the way in which we were going to work together to meet them. There wasn't even an Earth Day tweet -- just silence. It was a very stark reminder of his priorities. U.S. President Barack Obama's speech noted that we are already experiencing the impacts of climate change. The fact that 2014 was the hottest year ever recorded, that droughts, storms, and wildfires are increasing all over the planet in both frequency and intensity, and how climate change is already adversely affecting the air our children breathe.

What Premier Brad Wall Gets Wrong About Canada's Emissions

Carol Linnitt | Posted 04.22.2015 | Canada Politics
Carol Linnitt

At the premiers' climate summit last week, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall brought up a statistic that has received a fair amount of attention lately: Canada's emissions account for fewer than two per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions. He's not wrong, but Canada is also a heavy emitter per capita.

Climate Karma Hits Home In B.C.

Eoin Madden | Posted 04.15.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Eoin Madden

April brought a fresh new proclamation for B.C.: get out and see the glaciers before they are forever confined to history.

World's Oils Ranked By Emissions: Where Does Canada Stand?

CP | Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.14.2015 | Canada Business

CALGARY - Some types of crude oil have a drastically bigger carbon footprint than others, according to a report that ranks some oilsands varieties amo...

Protest Climate Change in Quebec City on April 11

Mike Hudema | Posted 04.06.2015 | Canada
Mike Hudema

On April 11th I will be in the streets of Quebec City. I will be there with thousands of others, from different walks of life, that have come from co...

Canada Will Miss Its Climate Target And We'll All Miss Out

Carol Linnitt | Posted 04.01.2015 | Canada Politics
Carol Linnitt

Environment Canada has been telling us for years that Canada is running off the climate track and -- because of growing emissions largely from the oil and gas sector -- we are getting farther and farther away from meeting our government's self-imposed climate targets. Because of that climate failure, Canada is holding all of us back from prosperity, jobs and better health. That's according to a new study of benefits from international emission pledges made in the lead up to December's UN climate summit. Developed countries around the world -- with the exception of Canada and Japan -- are unveiling their individual climate plans, which were due yesterday.

How the Ministry of Environment Vetoed Our Interview Request

Carol Linnitt | Posted 05.27.2015 | Canada Politics
Carol Linnitt

Documents obtained by DeSmog Canada reveal that Canada's Ministry of Environment vetoed an interview request on toxins in fur-bearing animals in the oilsands, even though the federal scientist was "media trained and interested in doing the interview."

Oil Prices Won't Bounce Back Anytime Soon: Conference Board

CP | Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada Business

CALGARY - The Conference Board of Canada delivered bad news Wednesday for those hoping the pain from the latest crude oil downturn will subside any ti...

Obama's Remarks About Keystone XL Need Some Corrections

Cody Battershill | Posted 05.11.2015 | Canada Alberta
Cody Battershill

First, Keystone XL does NOT "bypass the United States," as the President claimed it did in the earlier statement. A consultants report from IHS Energy found in February that "Canadian crude making its way to the USGC (the US Gulf Coast) will likely be refined there, and most of the refined products are likely to be consumed in the United States."

Canada Can No Longer Be 'Rogue Nation On Climate Change': McKibben

The Huffington Post Canada | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 02.25.2015 | Canada Politics

"If we're to deal with climate change, the tar sands need to stay in the ground, full stop."

Oilsands Face ‘Death Spiral' If They Don't Cut Costs: Laut

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 02.20.2015 | Canada Business

As the world’s oil glut continues to build, wiping out hopes of a price recovery, the head of one of Canada’s largest oilsands operators is warnin...

Anti-Oilsands Activists In The U.S. Are Getting Visits From The FBI

CP | Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.09.2015 | Canada Politics

WASHINGTON - Unexpected visitors have been dropping in on anti-oil activists in the United States — knocking on doors, calling, texting, contacting ...

Oilsands Crude Ditches Its 'Dirty Oil' Label In EU

CP | Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.08.2015 | Canada Business

CALGARY - Oilsands crude can now be sent to Europe without a "dirty oil" label, but that doesn't necessarily mean a parade of bitumen-filled tankers w...

$80 Oil! No, Wait -- $200 Oil!

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 01.23.2015 | Canada Business

With oil prices down 60 per cent since last summer, some industry insiders are trying to talk up the market by predicting wild price spikes to come, b...

Kinder Morgan Pipeline Ruling Weakens Faith In NEB

Carol Linnitt | Posted 03.24.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Carol Linnitt

"Basically for the last year or so we've watched more and more information be denied to us intervenors in the National Energy Board process."

Is The U.S. Really Going To Need 'Less And Less' Canadian Oil?

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.24.2015 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - "It is a matter of urgent national interest that we move our oil to tidewater because our only customer, the U.S., has found vast amounts of ...

Canada Works To Block NAFTA Review Of Oilsands Tailings Ponds

CBC | Posted 03.14.2015 | Canada Business

Canada is trying to stop NAFTA's environmental watchdog from taking a closer look at the environmental effects of the huge tailings ponds produce...