Oil Spills

Keep Toxic Heavy Fuel Oils Out Of The Arctic

WWF-Canada | Posted 04.29.2016 | Canada Impact

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.

Canada Had Four Major Pipeline Spills Last Year, Industry Group Says

CBC | Posted 11.03.2016 | Canada Business

There were 122 oil and gas spills and releases from pipelines last year in Canada — four of them significant — according to an industry report...

Ground Can Absorb Oil Spills, Says Conservative Candidate

The Huffington Post Canada | Ron Nurwisah | Posted 10.06.2015 | Canada Politics

Wait, what?

Could This Be the End of Offshore Oil Drilling in the Arctic?

WWF-Canada | Posted 10.02.2016 | Canada Impact

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 Doesn't Go Far Enough

David Suzuki | Posted 07.22.2016 | Canada Politics
David Suzuki

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.

U.S. Fears This Oil Spill Could Last Another Century

CP | Eric Tucker And Michael Kunzelman, The Associated Press | Posted 05.15.2015 | Canada Business

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...

Oil Spill Cleanup Plan Needs Work: NEB Chairman

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.27.2015 | Canada Business

VANCOUVER - The chairman of the National Energy Board says the regulator has been "too conservative" in demanding information from oil pipeline compan...

Oil-Train Derailments in Canada Expose Folly of Anti-Pipeline Movement

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 05.13.2015 | Canada Business
Kenneth P. Green

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.

Where An Oil Spill Knows No Borders

CP | Bob Weber, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.23.2014 | Canada

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 ...

Clark Warns Canada Unprepared For Tanker Oil Spills

CBC | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia

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...

The Upside of Environmental Disasters

Robert Osborne | Posted 10.09.2013 | Canada Impact
Robert Osborne

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.

[Infographic] Keystone XL Pipeline Means Less Jobs Than They Say

Kevin Grandia | Posted 08.19.2013 | Canada Business
Kevin Grandia

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!

Pipelines Or Rail? Guess Which One Is Way Worse

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 05.14.2013 | Canada Business

Bad news for Enbridge, TransCanada and all the other companies working to build controversial pipelines across North America: Pipelines spill three ti...

Northern Ontario Oil Spill Bigger Than First Thought

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.04.2013 | Canada Business

WHITE RIVER, Ont. - The cleanup operation at the site of a freight train derailment in northwestern Ontario has broadened.Canadian Pacific says while ...

New and Improved Oil Spills!

Elizabeth May | Posted 05.20.2013 | Canada Politics
Elizabeth May

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.

Hey Enbridge, You're Not Done Cleaning That Spill

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.14.2013 | Canada Business

VANCOUVER - More than two and a half years after a Canadian pipeline rupture spilled heavy oil into a Michigan River, the U.S. Environmental Protectio...

Want to Protect Your Health? Protect the Environment

David Suzuki | Posted 04.15.2013 | Canada
David Suzuki

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.

What Enbridge Doesn't Want Ontarians to Know

Maryam Adrangi | Posted 09.24.2012 | Canada
Maryam Adrangi

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.

Baby Beaver Rescued From Alberta Oil Spill

CP | Posted 08.12.2012 | Canada

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 an...

No Spills? How Can Enbridge Be So Sure?

Dianne Saxe | Posted 04.06.2012 | Canada
Dianne Saxe

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.

An End to Business as Usual for the Oil Sands Industry

Gillian McEachern | Posted 01.17.2012 | Canada Business
Gillian McEachern

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.

Save the World, Support Ethical Oil

Kathryn Marshall | Posted 12.16.2011 | Canada Business
Kathryn Marshall

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.

Governments Need to Come Clean on Tar Sands Oil

Gillian McEachern | Posted 11.23.2011 | Canada
Gillian McEachern

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?

Enbridge's Northern Gateway Project: Profit at What Price?

Chris Genovali | Posted 08.22.2011 | Canada
Chris Genovali

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.

Gushing Oil Spills Drill Taxpayer Pockets

William Amos | Posted 07.29.2011 | Canada
William Amos

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?