Canada Oilsands

Oilsands Workers Rehired After Company Screw-Up

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.09.2014 | Canada Alberta

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. - The federal government says dozens of workers laid off in Alberta's oilpatch have jobs again, but a labour group says that's no...

Feds In Damage Control After Oilsands Workers Fired

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Alberta

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. - The federal government is investigating an allegation that several dozen Canadians working in Alberta's oilpatch were laid off ...

What the TransCanada Pipeline Will Really Cost Us

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Business
Carl Duivenvoorden

Because Alberta oil is landlocked and therefore traditionally sold below world prices, it's been suggested that bringing it east will lower energy prices for us. It's probably more realistic to expect that Alberta crude will get more expensive as soon as a pipeline links it to us, and the world market.

What's Good For Oil Sands Companies is Not What's Good For Canada

DeSmog Canada | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada
DeSmog Canada

We're producing so much oil sands crude that we've overwhelmed cross-border pipeline capacity. Now the industry is stuck in a Catch-22. Profit margins have dropped dramatically. To reassure investors, bitumen miners talk about dramatically expanding production. But the more we produce, the more we exacerbate the supply glut.

Why You Should Listen to What Artists Say About the Oilsands

Frank Horvat | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada Music
Frank Horvat

Maybe we do need the voices of artists after all. Artists do have a history of seeing things before they become the norm in our society. Or, perhaps they are brave enough not to hide from distressing truths. Look at Joni Mitchell's Big Yellow Taxi from 1970. That song feels so peppy and fun in tone but its message was ahead of its time.

Ex-Tory MP's Surprising Stand On The Oilsands

The Huffington Post Alberta | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Alberta

A Conservative Fort McMurray MP who resigned from his position this month is wasting no time in denouncing the speed of oilsands development in the r...

LOOK: The Oilsands Really Do Look Like Hiroshima

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 11.11.2014 | Canada Alberta

Neil Young's comparison of Fort McMurray and the oilsands to Hiroshima has stirred up plenty of criticism. But is it accurate? Judge for yourself....

Are Neil Young's Oilsands Comments Productive or Polarizing?

DeSmog Canada | Posted 03.17.2014 | Canada
DeSmog Canada

If you're using the Neil Young kerfuffle as a moment to dig your trench a little deeper, remember: if we're going to make progress on energy issues in this country, we're all going to have to stick our heads up, stop seeing the people on the other side of the debate as enemies and find some common ground in the middle.

Tar Sands Project Needs Backers To Tell Important Stories

Linda Solomon Wood | Posted 03.16.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Linda Solomon Wood

With your help, we'll produce and distribute a provocative film that will go beyond the issues, to the very DNA of change, and encourage constructive discussion across all points of view. It's the only way we're going to find the innovative solutions we so badly need. This is an amazing moment. KeystoneXL pipeline, Enbridge's proposed pipeline, and Kinder Morgan's pipeline expansion, hang in the balance.

Emissions From Oilsands To EXPLODE By 2030

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Alberta

Greenhouse gas emissions from Alberta's oilsands are about to explode. That's one of the messages contained in a Canadian government report quietly...

A "Fair Price" for Canada's Oil Is a Slippery Slope

DeSmog Canada | Posted 03.13.2014 | Canada Politics
DeSmog Canada

The basic argument goes like this: A barrel of oil sands crude currently trades at a lower price than other global oil benchmarks. That price gap means Canadians are losing money on every barrel sold. Access to world markets will fetch higher prices, elevating our collective prosperity. It's a persuasive story, tickling the part of the brain associated with loss aversion. No one wants to bleed money day after day. At the same time it paints a picture of one nation, our fortunes rising and falling in unity. It's good politics. But the reality is more complex.

75 Alberta Environment Officers Now Working For Oil Industry

Edmonton Journal | Posted 12.23.2013 | Canada Business

More than 75 environment officers who watched over oil industry activities left the provincial environment department this fall, to take higher paying...

Does The U.S. Even Need Oilsands? Maybe Not

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business

Domestic U.S. oil production is expected to grow much faster than was thought just a few months ago, according to a new report from the U.S. federal g...

Oilsands Water Released Into Rivers?

CP | Bob Weber, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.15.2014 | Canada Business

EDMONTON - Oilsands producers are talking with the federal and Alberta governments about conditions under which water from the industry's tailings pon...

Anti-Keystone 'Green Billionaire' Explains Oil Investments

CP | Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.13.2014 | Canada Business

WASHINGTON - Yes, the influential activist spearheading the fight against the Keystone XL pipeline has made a fortune in oil investments. Yes, he's in...

Neil Young Putting His Music Where His Mouth Is In Oilsands Fight

HuffPost Canada Music | Jason MacNeil | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Music

Neil Young has announced four intimate benefit shows as part of a week-long Canadian mini-tour dubbed "Honor The Treaties" to assist the Athabasca Chi...

Oilsands' ‘Worst-Case Scenario' Now A Reality

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Business

A strategic analysis carried out in 2010 for the oilsands identifies a “worst-case scenario” for the industry that appears to have come to pass. ...

Surprising News About Alberta's Oilsands

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.04.2014 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - A report by an environmental monitoring agency has found the variety of plants and animals in the oilsands area is largely healthy.But the ...

Ex-Harper Appointee: Canada A 'Rogue State' On Environment

CP | Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.01.2014 | Canada Politics

WASHINGTON - A former Harper government appointee used a keynote speech at a Washington event Monday to trample Canadian authorities' message on oil p...

How Beaver Lake Cree Heats Up the Landmark Tar Sands Trial

Carol Linnitt | Posted 01.28.2014 | Canada Business
Carol Linnitt

The infamous Cold Lake oil spills, discovered on four well pads operated by Canadian Natural Resources Ltd., spilled a total of at least 1.8 million litres of oil into surrounding forest and wetlands. Several fissures in the ground seeped oil into the area for months as the company and energy regulator tried to understand the cause of the release.

Oliver Asks For More Energy Ad Dollars

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.27.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Conservative government is spending $40 million this year to advertise Canada's natural resource sector — principally oil and gas — a...

Oilsands Companies Like 'Lions And Tigers'

CP | Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.26.2014 | Canada Alberta

CALGARY - Forget herding cats. The head of the Canadian Oil Sands Innovation Alliance says when it comes to getting 13 oilsands companies to share tec...

The Day I Found Out the Canadian Government Was Spying on Me

DeSmog Canada | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Politics
DeSmog Canada

It was a Victoria day like any other until I found out the Canadian government has been vigorously spying on several Canadian organizations that work for environmental protections and democratic rights. My colleagues and I had been wary of being spied on for a long time, but having it confirmed still took the wind out of me.

Oilsands Not A Major Source Of Climate Change?

The Globe and Mail | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Business

Alberta's oil sands producers have received some timely support from the International Energy Agency, with the industry - and indeed the Canadian gove...

Thanks to Harper, I Recently Apologized For Being Canadian

Emma Pullman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Emma Pullman

In addition to the Keystone XL which would increase total capacity of the pipeline to 1.1 million barrels of diluted bitumen per day, Enbridge filed plans to Monday to build the $2.6B Sandpiper pipeline project across northern Minnesota. If approved, the project will move 225,000 barrels per day of unconventional oil to Minnesota, and 375,000 barrels to Wisconsin.