Canada Oilsands

Neil Young Postpones Anti-Oilsands Show

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.16.2015 | Canada Alberta

No new date for the concert has been set.

More Oilsands Job Losses Incoming

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.16.2015 | Canada Business

The Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors has revised its January jobs forecast and now predicts nine per cent more job losses.

100 Canadian, U.S. Scientists Call For Halt To Oilsands Projects

CP | Bob Weber, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.10.2015 | Canada Business

A group of 100 leading Canadian and U.S. scientists has issued an urgent call for a moratorium on new oilsands development and listed 10 reasons why n...

Sunny Freeman

Why The Oilsands Aren't Sweating Harper's G7 Pledge On Carbon | Sunny Freeman | Posted 06.09.2015 | Canada Business

Stephen Harper’s G7 commitment to a no-carbon economy by the end of the century isn’t about to cause mass disruption in the oilsands because the i...

Now Is the Time for Canada to Transition Away From Fossil Fuels

Mike Hudema | Posted 06.08.2015 | Canada Politics
Mike Hudema

The G7 committed to eliminating the use of the fossil fuels by the end of the century. Canada and Alberta should be leading the transition, taking advantage of our tremendous solar and wind resources and supporting workers and communities in the process.

Oilsands Jobs Uncertain As Industry Pushes To Automate

Financial Post | Posted 06.08.2015 | Canada Business

CALGARY – The 400-tonne heavy haulers that rumble along the roads of northern Alberta’s oilsands sites are referred to in Fort McMurray as “the ...

Buffy Sainte-Marie Boosts Idle No More, Blasts Stephen Harper

The Huffington Post Canada | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 06.03.2015 | Canada

Buffy Sainte-Marie, adorned in feathers, beads and a bad-ass black leather jacket, is smiling brightly in a sky-scraping hotel suite facing the CN Tow...

New York State vs. Oilsands

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 06.02.2015 | Canada Business

The state of New York has thrown a bureaucratic roadblock into plans to build an oilsands facility in the state capital, reversing a decision that wou...

Canada's Crude Oil Production Lowest In Years: Report

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.01.2015 | Canada Business

A report by Barclays says Canada's crude oil production last month is estimated to be the lowest it has been in almost two years

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 06.24.2015 | 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 06.23.2015 | 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 06.22.2015 | 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 06.14.2015 | 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 06.14.2015 | 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 06.06.2015 | 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 06.01.2015 | 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...