Canada Oilsands

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...

More Science Stacks Up Against Canada's Oil Industry

CBC | Posted 03.09.2015 | Canada Business

Most of the Earth's fossil fuels will have to be left in the ground if the world is to avoid catastrophic global warming, according to a new stu...

Oilsands Unusable If Global Climate Deals Take Hold: Report

CP | Bob Weber, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.09.2015 | Canada Business

British researchers have concluded that most of Canada's oilsands will have to be left in the ground if the world gets serious about climate change.Th...

The Oilsands Paradox

CBC | Posted 02.26.2015 | Canada Business

Reporting on a tiny community downstream from Alberta’s Athabasca oilsands was one of the hardest stories I have worked on in my life. It was not ...

Oilpatch Firms Slash 2015 Budgets

CP | Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.16.2015 | Canada Business

CALGARY - Three Canadian oil and gas firms say they'll be reining in spending next year in the face of free-falling oil prices.Shares in Penn West Pet...

Canada Keeps Skirting the Oilsands Issue at the COP20 Climate Talks

Carol Linnitt | Posted 02.10.2015 | Canada Politics
Carol Linnitt

Canada's negotiators are working hard to sidestep the issue of the country's growing greenhouse gas emissions from the oil and gas sector while simultaneously keeping quiet about the oilsands as nations come up with their "intended nationally determined contributions" in the global climate agreement.

Why Clean Energy Canada's Claims Are Confusing and Inconsistent

Cody Battershill | Posted 02.10.2015 | Canada
Cody Battershill

To recap: the organization first claimed there were more jobs in clean energy than in oil sands, then the organization denied it, then it released a brand-new blog post reaffirming in fact that it DID say precisely that in the first place. Are you still with me?

Surprising Fact About The Oilsands And Nearby Rivers

CP | Bob Weber, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.04.2015 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - New research suggests that heavy metals released from the oilsands aren't finding their way into nearby rivers."If you buy bottled water in...

Pipeline Projects Over-Promise and Under-Deliver on Jobs

Capt. Trevor Greene | Posted 01.31.2015 | Canada Business
Capt. Trevor Greene

So let's do the math here: three pipelines stretching 4,197 kilometres, generating tens of billions of dollars in profit, the vast bulk of which will leave Canada, for 228 permanent jobs at Enbridge, 50 at Kinder Morgan and 35 at Keystone XL. That's 14 jobs per kilometre. A word to the wise -- don't leave your day job.

Why Oilsands are 'Canada's Elephant in the Atmosphere'

DeSmog Canada | Posted 01.28.2015 | Canada
DeSmog Canada

Once the carbon bubble, like the tech or housing bubble, pops it would bring dramatic re-evaluation of oil companies, resulting in massive layoffs and major industry restructuring. In Canada, the oilsands represents two per cent of the country's GDP and 90 per cent of the economic benefit goes to Alberta.

Why We Might Just Win This Fight Against the Tar Sands

Mike Hudema | Posted 01.27.2015 | Canada
Mike Hudema

The battle to stop the tar sands is far from over but this week shows that when we work together and support each other, when we are bold and courageous we can climb and move mountains. We are growing in numbers every day, and together we can and already are changing the world.

How Vivian Krause Became The Poster Child For Canada's Anti-Environment Crusade

DeSmog Canada | Posted 01.18.2015 | Canada British Columbia
DeSmog Canada

To Krause, it seemed suspicious that foundations from across the border were giving money to Canadian groups working on Canadian conservation and energy issues. It must be, Krause surmised, that these big foundations are spending their dollars to manipulate Canadian energy and environment politics to further American interests.

Why Environmentalists ♥ The Plummeting Price Of Oil

CP | Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press | Posted 11.14.2014 | Canada Business

NEW YORK — Deepwater drilling rigs are sitting idle. Fracking plans are being scaled back. Enormous new projects to squeeze oil out of the oilsands ...

Up Next For Canadian Oil In The U.S.: More Lawsuits

CP | Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.11.2015 | Canada Business

WASHINGTON - There are new threats of lawsuits against Canadian oil pipeline projects in the United States.The legal threats suggest the election of a...

NAFTA Environmental Watchdog 'Dying A Slow Death'

CP | Bob Weber, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.07.2015 | Canada Business

Attempts by NAFTA's environmental watchdog to look into the Harper government's record on salmon farming and the oilsands are at an impasse after dead...