Canada Oilsands

What Oil-By-Rail Could Do to the Keystone XL Decision

Carol Linnitt | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Carol Linnitt

Could rail realistically provide an alternative to the Keystone XL, aiding in the expansion of Canada's highly-polluting tar sands? The Keystone XL will undoubtedly support tar sands production, promote continued tar sands investment, and contribute to Canada's already-significant greenhouse gas output.

Sunny Freeman

Canada Handling Native Rights Like 'Third-World' Nation? | Sunny Freeman | Posted 10.30.2013 | Canada Business

Canada has been singled out as the country with the most risk of conflict with aboriginal communities in a new study examining treatment of indigenous...

Canada Massively Fails to Meet Copenhagen Targets, Calls it "Progress"

DeSmog Canada | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
DeSmog Canada

Canada's carbon emissions in 2020 will be 20% per cent higher than Harper government's promised reductions under the 2009 Copenhagen Accord. More impo...

1.5M Litres and Counting: Volume of CNRL Spills Growing

Carol Linnitt | Posted 11.19.2013 | Canada Alberta
Carol Linnitt

According to new figures released by the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) the total amount of bitumen emulsion - a mixture of tar sands heavy crude and water - released on Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.'s (CNRL) Cold Lake Site is now more than 1.5 million litres, or the equivalent to more than 9600 barrels of oil.

Report: Cold Lake Bitumen Leak Mishandled by Energy Regulator

Carol Linnitt | Posted 11.19.2013 | Canada Alberta
Carol Linnitt

A draft version of a new investigative report released this week by Global Forest Watch and Treeline Ecological Research argues the series of underground leaks currently releasing a mixture of tar sands bitumen and water into a surrounding wetland and forest on the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range is related to a similar set of spills caused by Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (CNRL) in-situ operations in 2009. The cause of the 2009 seepage was never determined and details of an investigation by the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER), then called the Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB), weren't made public until last year, four years after the initial incident.

Neil Young: 'Fort McMurray Looks Like Hiroshima'

The Huffington Post Canada | Jason MacNeil | Posted 09.13.2013 | Canada Music

His guitarist in Crazy Horse might be dealing with a fractured hand, but Neil Young threw some verbal punches this week when he compared the oilsands ...

Green Groups Use Keystone Backers' Own Arguments Against Them

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 08.30.2013 | Canada Business

TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline will increase carbon emissions by the equivalent of 51 coal-fired power plants or 37 million new cars on the road...

WATCH: The Anti-Oilsands Video Alberta Doesn't Want You To See

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 08.27.2013 | Canada Alberta

Alberta really doesn't want you to see this movie. American comedian Andy Cobb and writer director Mike Damanskis decided to make a film about the ...

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...

Pipeline From Oilsands To Eastern Canada Is Happening

CP | Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.01.2013 | Canada Business

CALGARY - TransCanada Corp. is moving ahead with a $12-billion plan to ship western oil to Quebec and the East Coast — the largest project in the co...


CP | Bob Weber, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.22.2013 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - A survey of thousands of environmental problems in Alberta's oilsands attacks the province's claims to having strict control over the indus...

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.

What I Learned At The Tar Sands Healing Walk

Emma Pullman | Posted 09.08.2013 | Canada Alberta
Emma Pullman

Some fifteen years ago, at a Peace Gathering, an elder shared a prophecy. A baby boy would be born in a teepee on a buffalo robe, his birth signalling that now is the time to act. Last Thursday, on the eve of the 4th Annual Healing Walk in Fort McMurray, Alberta, a young woman went into labour. Her contractions came closer together. Grandmothers and mothers gathered to pray. And, at the stroke of midnight, inside a teepee, a healthy boy was born on a buffalo robe.

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.

Is B.C.'s Water Supply Under Threat?

CBC | Posted 08.10.2013 | Canada British Columbia

The Mackenzie River Basin is at risk from a warming climate and pressures from resource development, according to new research released by a panel of ...

Bitumen Facility Blamed For Health Woes

CBC | Posted 07.28.2013 | Canada Alberta

A family is blaming emissions from a nearby heavy oil production site for chasing them from their Peace Country home of seven years in northwestern Al...

The Most Important Tar Sands Case You've Never Heard Of

DeSmog Canada | Posted 07.28.2013 | Canada Politics
DeSmog Canada

The constitutional standing of the tar sands -- one of the world's largest and most carbon-intensive energy projects -- is just what's at stake in a treaty rights claim the Beaver Lake Cree Nation (BLCN) is bringing against the Governments of Alberta and Canada.

What the Hell is Going on in Fort McMurray?

Theresa Wells | Posted 07.16.2013 | Canada Alberta
Theresa Wells

What the hell indeed is going on in Fort McMurray, you might ask. How did I get to spend time talking to Malcolm Gladwell, and Bill Cosby? What is bringing these people so far north? Well, what is bringing them is the Northern Insights speaker series from the Fort McMurray Public Library - but I think what is really drawing them in is the narrative of this community.

Save Alberta From The High-Taxers

Mark Milke | Posted 07.13.2013 | Canada Alberta
Mark Milke

Fact is, Alberta's red-ink budgets have much more to do with real per-capita program spending being near historic highs. This also explains why so many Albertans "hiss" at the notion of a sales tax. To understand why the spending side of the government ledger deserves more attention, consider some statistics about Alberta's program spending, ones that take into account Alberta's population growth and inflation rate.

Kent Talks Oil Price, Emissions

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.12.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Federal Environment Minister Peter Kent is in London today to kick off another global tour to sell Canada's record on global warming.Kent say...

Oliver's Oilsands Tour Ends On Defensive Note

CP | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.10.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Just as Prime Minister Stephen Harper heads to the United States to win over hearts and minds on Canada's pipeline plans, his natural resourc...

The Carbon Bubble: Another Flaw With the All-Oil Strategy

Keith Brooks | Posted 06.24.2013 | Canada Business
Keith Brooks

The evidence keeps coming in: Ottawa's all-oil economic strategy is seriously flawed. According to a report released last week, we could be headed for another financial crisis as a result of over-valued energy stocks that are giving rise to a growing "carbon bubble." This means that we should be breaking with our economic reliance on oil, rather than increasing it.

Will Public Oilsands Data Be Transparent, Or Just Propaganda?

CP | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.22.2013 | Canada Alberta

OTTAWA - Interested Canadians can now freely access environmental data from the oilsands now that the federal and Alberta governments have opened up a...

An Earth Day Present From.. The Tories?

CP | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.21.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The federal Conservatives have decided to mark Earth Day this year, launching a long-promised portal for public access to sensitive environme...

Cheap Alberta Oil Meant For Eastern Canada Could End Up Exported

CP | Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.19.2013 | Canada Business

CALGARY - The Conservatives in Ottawa are staunch supporters, the New Democrats have called it a "win-win-win" and the premiers of Alberta and New Bru...