Canada Oilsands

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...

Oilsands Water Leak Proves Toxic

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.15.2013 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - Water released from a pipeline spill at an oilsands facility in northern Alberta was toxic to fish, a provincial investigation has conclude...

Government To Finally Make Oilsands Environmental Data Public

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.28.2013 | Canada Alberta

OTTAWA - The federal and Alberta governments are finally ready to make research and data from their oilsands monitoring program public.Federal Environ...

Oilsands Take Another Hit

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.27.2013 | Canada Alberta

CALGARY - Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) announced Wednesday it was not going ahead with its troubled Voyageur oilsands upgrader projectSuncor chief executive...

What Was In The Water That Leaked From Oilsands Plant?

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.27.2013 | Canada Alberta

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. - Oilsands giant Suncor says there was no bitumen in waste water that leaked from a burst pipe earlier this week.An email from th...

Enbridge To Build $200 Million Oilsands Pipeline

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.21.2013 | Canada Alberta

CALGARY - Enbridge Inc. says it will spend about $200 million to transport crude from Athabasca Oil Corp.'s (TSX:ATH) Hangingstone project in northern...

Obama, Dix Talk Climate Action Amid Pipeline Decision

Ben West | Posted 05.06.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Ben West

U.S. President Barack Obama and B.C. NDP Leader Adrian Dix can choose to plot a course. A course towards more dependence on dirty tar sands oil -- a business-as-usual approach -- or, towards a shift in focus with a reduced dependence.

Not Your Father's Fort McMurray

Theresa Wells | Posted 04.29.2013 | Canada Alberta
Theresa Wells

In my life as a community blogger I occasionally get emails and messages from those curious about where I live. Sometimes they come from those who have been to northern Alberta, and sometimes they come from people from countries far away, wondering if this is the place they have been looking for to change their fortunes.

Why Are There Still No Results From The Oilsands Monitoring Plan?

CP | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.20.2013 | Canada Alberta

OTTAWA - The revamping of environmental monitoring of the oilsands was supposed to be the federal government's defence against suspicions of widesprea...

Oilsands Tailings Leaking Into Groundwater: Memo | Posted 04.20.2013 | Canada Alberta

OTTAWA -- Tailings ponds from oilsands production are leaking and contaminating Alberta's groundwater, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver was told ...

Guess The Biggest Climate Villain

CP | Bob Weber, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.24.2013 | Canada Alberta

Canada's oilsands are midway down the pack of the world's climate change villains, according to a new Greenpeace report ranking potential carbon emiss...

Conclusive Proof That Oilsands Pollute Lakes: Researchers

CP | Bob Weber, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.09.2013 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - New research has provided the most conclusive proof yet that oilsands development in northern Alberta is polluting surrounding lakes.The fi...

New Year Inspiration: Fort McMurray Philanthropist Is 11-Years-Old

Theresa Wells | Posted 03.01.2013 | Canada Alberta
Theresa Wells

For me 2012 was a very special year, and 2013 promises to be even better - because this past year a very special young man brought his hopes and dreams into my life, and they are ones that are just beginning to fully be realized.

Exploding Debt, Chinese Invasions .. And Mark Carney

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 12.25.2012 | Canada Business

It's been a year of ups and downs for Canadian business. On the downside, the economy grew sluggishly, the long-running housing boom turned to bus...

It's Time to Wean the Economy Off Oil

Keith Brooks | Posted 02.23.2013 | Canada Politics
Keith Brooks

We should learn from history. What the oil lobby glosses over is that this boom, like every other boom, could go bust. Instead of putting all our eggs in the oil sands basket, instead of digging up Alberta at a break-neck pace, we should be more balanced and strategic in our approach. And we should develop a plan to wean our economy off oil.

No More Room For Canadian Oil?

CP | Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.16.2013 | Canada Business

CALGARY - Two major banks are warning that increased pipeline capacity is badly needed to bring Canadian oil to market.In a report released Monday, TD...

Canada's One-Industry Towns Dying

CP | Michael Tutton, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.15.2013 | Canada Business

HANTSPORT, N.S. - Glenn Rogers appreciated his small-town life in the Maritimes. But the lure of big dollars in Alberta was too strong to resist after...

Oil Price Gap Draining Billions Out Of Economy: Study

CBC | Posted 02.12.2013 | Canada Business

The wide gap between oil’s global benchmark price and what Canadian producers can get for their oil is costing Canada $2.5 billion a month, accordin...