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Oil has contaminated rivers, wilderness and city streets.
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Human health, community well-being and the global climate system can't wait. It's been more than six years since accidental oil spills were identified as the most significant threat to Arctic marine environments, and five years since the IMO first discussed the issue of HFO.
There were 122 oil and gas spills and releases from pipelines last year in Canada — four of them significant — according to an industry report released Tuesday. "We know that we need to build public...
A moment of silence was observed at the start of the Arctic Energy Summit in Fairbanks, Alaska, on Monday, September 28, in response to Royal Dutch Shell's sudden announcement that it has abandoned oil exploration in offshore Alaska "for the foreseeable future." Shell's announcement was a bombshell and caught everyone off guard. The silence in the plenary session hall -- which happens to double as a hockey arena -- was surreal. I wondered: Could this be the end of offshore oil in the Arctic?
The premiers' Canadian Energy Strategy focuses on energy conservation and efficiency, clean energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions to combat climate change. But details are vague and there's no sense of urgency. Although the language about climate change and clean energy is important, the strategy remains stuck in the fossil fuel era.
WASHINGTON — A decade-old oil leak where an offshore platform toppled during a hurricane could continue spilling crude into the Gulf of Mexico for a century or more if left unchecked, according to U.S...
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VANCOUVER - The chairman of the National Energy Board says the regulator has been "too conservative" in demanding information from oil pipeline companies and is moving to bolster disaster cleanup plan...
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Four recent oil-train derailments--two in the United States and two in Canada accompanied by yet another drive-by rhetorical smear of the Keystone XL pipeline by U.S. President Barack Obama--have re-invigorated the debate over how Canadians and Americans transport oil.
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New research suggests that any type of significant oil spill in Canada's western Arctic would likely spread quickly and foul oceans around Alaska and possibly as far west as Russia."Spills originating...
EDMONTON - Canada's two biggest pipeline operators are teaming up to test leak detection technology.TransCanada Corp. and Enbridge Inc. will be using a pipeline simulator at an Edmonton facility to co...
VANCOUVER - Potential polluters should be prepared for a worst-case scenario and face unlimited liability in the case of an oil spill from one of their tanker ships, a government-appointed panel recom...
If a tanker were to spill oil off the coast of British Columbia today, the federal government would not have the resources to handle a large-scale disaster, warns B.C. Premier Christy Clark. In an in...
Zebra Mussel filter millions of gallons of water; it's how they feed. The result, the once soup-like Great Lakes are now crystal clear. That doesn't mean the water is unpolluted, far from it. Their output is crystal clear, which for divers is a definite plus. So you see, from a certain perspective, what started as a natural disaster has a definite upside. Now, I know some might argue that learning to love environmental disasters requires a very self-centered attitude. What I celebrate, others revile. I look forward to figuring out what new and clever angle I can come up with the next time we lay waste to some pristine wilderness area.
Keystone is an "export pipeline" that will take tar sands oil from Alberta and pump it down to a tax-free zone in Texas and out to foreign markets. In other words, the EU, China and Latin America get the oil, the foreign-owned oil companies get the cash and North Americans get a few jobs and oil spills!
Canada's ability to oversee large energy projects is crumbling. No matter which way you look at it, Canada's regulatory system just isn't up to the challenging task of protecting the health, environment and economy of Canadians from risky energy projects.
Bad news for Enbridge, TransCanada and all the other companies working to build controversial pipelines across North America: Pipelines spill three times as much oil over comparative distances as rail...
WHITE RIVER, Ont. - The cleanup operation at the site of a freight train derailment in northwestern Ontario has broadened.Canadian Pacific says while it initially thought only four barrels of oil has...
Has the virtual removal of single-hulled tankers ended the risk of oil spills? Not actually. Despite the exuberance of natural resources minister Joe Oliver's rhetoric, double-hulls possess no magical powers. Their use has not ended the risk of accidents and oil spills.
VANCOUVER - More than two and a half years after a Canadian pipeline rupture spilled heavy oil into a Michigan River, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is ordering Calgary-based Enbridge (TSX:E...
According to environment and sustainable development commissioner Scott Vaughan, who released a final series of audits before stepping down, the federal government's failure to protect the environment is putting Canadians' health and economy at risk.
OTTAWA - Canada's aggressive pursuit of resource development is exposing the country to heightened environmental and financial risks that are not being properly handled by federal regulators, a new au...
Tar sands oil may soon be pumping through an Ontario pipeline near you. If you didn't know, it is likely because Enbridge doesn't want you to know that they are bringing the Kalamazoo disaster to your home province. It is called Line 9, and is part of the same Enbridge pipeline network as the pipe that spilled well over a million barrels of oil in 2010 into the Kalamazoo River.
INNISFAIL, Alta. - A tiny baby beaver who was a victim of last week's pipeline leak into the Red Deer River is being nursed back to health by staff and volunteers at a central Alberta wildlife sanctua...
One of the issues in the Northern Gateway pipeline hearing is the threat that oil tankers will pose in the dangerous channels and sensitive ocean environments near the proposed port, Kitimat. Enbridge soothingly predicts that major spills will be inconceivably rare. I remain a sceptic.
Canada can no longer credibly defend tar sands oil abroad while doing nothing at home to clamp down on pollution and transition to clean energy.
What makes Canadian oil so ethical isn't because all the oil producers here are naturally inclined to uphold the highest standards of worker rights and environmental stewardship. It's because Canada expects that of them and, in many cases, demands it of them through publicly backed regulation.
The oil industry is used to getting its way without much fuss, but now thousands of citizens, unions, legislators and celebrities have come together to fight for the energy future they want. It has been inspiring, but it also raises an important question: shouldn't every decision about a new energy project face this type of scrutiny?
Attaching a dollar value to the damage that spilled oil does to marine and terrestrial ecosystems is an extremely difficult task. The true costs dramatically exceeded the estimates.
Offshore oil spills are Black Swan Events -- extremely hard-to-predict events that carry the risk of major impact. How much would it cost to clean up an Arctic offshore oil spill in Canada?