Canada Oilsands

In the Heart of the Tarsands, Fort Chipewyan Builds Solar Solution

Mike Hudema | Posted 09.22.2014 | Canada Alberta
Mike Hudema

"First Nation communities, especially ones that are isolated and reliant on diesel for power, stand to benefit the most from a transition. These panels are an example of the type of solutions our communities should be implementing -- ones that create jobs, lower energy costs and don't hurt the environment to do it."

What Naomi Klein Needs To Learn About Alberta vs. Other Oil Jurisdictions

Cody Battershill | Posted 09.17.2014 | Canada Alberta
Cody Battershill

There's something about a new Naomi Klein book that always seems to attract a lot of attention. And not just from middle-of-the-road Western Canadians like myself who work hard for a living and enjoy the beautiful, natural settings where we live, work and raise our families. No, Klein even seems to attract the ire of -- you guessed it -- "big environmentalism." It's a credit to her proven ability to lay out the controversial argument. People love that.

Oil Industry Pushing Ottawa To Loosen Endangered Species Law

Press Progress | Posted 09.04.2014 | Canada Business

Will Canada's biggest oil and gas lobby group get to rewrite key clauses of the Species At Risk act to weaken recovery plans for endangered species? ...

Foreign Worker 'Mess' In Oilsands: Canadian Tradesmen

CBC | Posted 09.01.2014 | Canada Business

Canadian tradesmen from a huge oilsands construction project are waving a red flag about safety hazards and near misses, which they blame on the use o...

Sunny Freeman

Government Memo Criticized Top Biologist For Oilsands Comments

HuffingtonPost.com | Sunny Freeman | Posted 08.19.2014 | Canada Alberta

One of Canada’s top biologists says he will not stop talking to the media after a government memo accused him of bias and speaking out of turn about...

NAFTA Commission Wants To Probe Oilsands Tailings Leakage

CP | Bob Weber, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.11.2014 | Canada Politics

Investigators from an environmental watchdog set up as part of the North American Free Trade Agreement want to investigate whether Canada is enforcing...

It's Time Alberta Took Off Its Tar Sands Blinders and Embraced the Sun

Mike Hudema | Posted 09.21.2014 | Canada Alberta
Mike Hudema

Despite the province having the most solar potential out of any province in Canada, investment in solar is still piecemeal. There are little to no government supports for solar and yet huge government subsidies are given to the provinces most polluting industries like the tar sands.

Oilsands Lose Out As U.S. Oil Exports To Canada Soar

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 07.15.2014 | Canada Business

Canadian energy producers are increasingly finding themselves in competition with the market to which they primarily export: the United States. Oil...

U.S. City Votes For Permanent Oilsands Ban

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 07.11.2014 | Canada Business

The city that houses the third-largest oil port on the U.S.’s eastern seaboard has preliminarily voted in favour of a permanent ban on oilsands ship...

Metals From Oilsands Contaminating First Nations Food

CP | Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.06.2014 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - A new study by two Alberta First Nations and University of Manitoba scientists says there is a link between oilsands pollutants and higher ...

How Harper Pushed Through a Pipeline Based on Flawed Analysis

Capt. Trevor Greene | Posted 09.04.2014 | Canada
Capt. Trevor Greene

Approval was given despite the negative findings of hundreds of scientists from across Canada and around the world who signed a letter to Prime Minister Harper in June. Indeed, Harper could hardly reject a pipeline in his own country when he had told the most powerful leader in the world in September 2013 that he "won't take no for an answer" on the Keystone XL pipeline.

New Poll: Canadians Think Oilsands Contribute Way More to the Economy Than They Actually Do

Carol Linnitt | Posted 09.03.2014 | Canada Business
Carol Linnitt

According to the poll, conducted by Environics and commissioned by Environmental Defence, 41 per cent of Canadians believe the importance of the oilsands to the economy is six to 24 times higher than it actually is. And a full 57 per cent of Canadians overestimate the value of oilsands to the country's economy.

Academics Call For Oilsands Moratorium

CP | Bob Weber, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.25.2014 | Canada Business

Canada needs a moratorium on new oilsands projects and pipelines, says a group of Canadian and U.S. academics.In a comment article in the prominent sc...

Proof that Canada and Australia Don't Care About Climate Change

Mike Hudema | Posted 08.11.2014 | Canada
Mike Hudema

Harper and Abbott have to understand that we can no longer have economies that exist outside of the ecological limits of our planet. Our reliance and exploitation of fossil fuels is endangering our future as well as our present and it needs to end. We need to transition to green energy and we need to keep more fossil fuels, especially high-carbon fuels like the tar sands, in the ground.

This Is How Quickly The Oilsands Are Growing

CP | Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.09.2014 | Canada Alberta

CALGARY - Oilsands production is expected to grow steadily in the years to come, but at a slower pace than previously forecast because of rising costs...

Kinder Morgan Makes For Strange Bedfellows

Ecojustice | Posted 08.05.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Ecojustice

We are mystified that with so much at stake, with the risks of this project being so high, the board would quibble over nine days. We would have expected the board to err on the side of good process and give Kinder Morgan the extra time to answer the questions that have been asked by municipalities, landowners, local businesses, First Nations and environmental organizations.

The Oilsands Just Found A Huge New Market

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 06.05.2014 | Canada Business

Canada is about to win a major concession from the European Union, which is on the verge of removing the “dirty oil” label from Alberta oilsands p...

Oilsands Worker Dies After On-Site Injury

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.02.2014 | Canada Alberta

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. - A man has died while working on a giant bulldozer in Alberta's oilsands.The provincial government says the 37-year-old was doin...

Albertans Not Happy With Tutu's Oilsands Comments

The Huffington Post Alberta | Posted 06.02.2014 | Canada Alberta

Many Albertans are offended by South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s comments calling the province's oil sands "filth." They say the retired archb...

Desmond Tutu: Oilsands Are 'Filth'

CP | Bob Weber, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.31.2014 | Canada Alberta

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. - A brief helicopter tour of the oilsands Saturday wasn't enough to shake Archbishop Desmond Tutu's conviction that the industry ...

Sunny Freeman

Ultra-Conservative U.S. Billionaires Plan To Start Drilling In Oilsands

HuffingtonPost.com | Sunny Freeman | Posted 05.23.2014 | Canada Business

The uber right-wing billionaire Koch brothers, owners of the U.S.'s largest private company, are some of the country's most influential Tea Party supp...

How To NOT Make Friends, Influence People At Anti-Pipeline Rally

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 05.12.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Conservative Sun TV broadcaster Ezra Levant showed up at an anti-pipeline rally in Vancouver over the weekend, and predictably stirred things up with ...

The Beauty of the Fight Against the Keystone XL

Mike Hudema | Posted 06.28.2014 | Canada
Mike Hudema

For the past week I have been amazed, humbled, and inspired by the power of people. This last week an area between the Washington monument and the ...

So, The Tarsands Were To Blame..

Mike Hudema | Posted 06.07.2014 | Canada Alberta
Mike Hudema

It makes you wonder how many other voices that complain about tar sands impacts are being ignored? Fort Chipewyan's calls for independent health inquiry, the cancer concerns in Fort Saskatchewan are just two, both recently echoed by the Edmonton Journal's editorial board; the fact that some doctors may not comfortable treating oil-symptom patients is another.

Oilsands Not Really As Important As You'd Think

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 04.04.2014 | Canada Business

Many supporters of the Keystone XL have been warning that failing to build the pipeline — or at least some other infrastructure to carry oil — wou...