Canada Oilsands

Oilpatch Firms Slash 2015 Budgets

CP | Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.17.2014 | Canada Business

CALGARY - Three Canadian oil and gas firms say they'll be reining in spending next year in the face of free-falling oil prices.Shares in Penn West Pet...

Canada Keeps Skirting the Oilsands Issue at the COP20 Climate Talks

Carol Linnitt | Posted 12.11.2014 | Canada Politics
Carol Linnitt

Canada's negotiators are working hard to sidestep the issue of the country's growing greenhouse gas emissions from the oil and gas sector while simultaneously keeping quiet about the oilsands as nations come up with their "intended nationally determined contributions" in the global climate agreement.

Why Clean Energy Canada's Claims Are Confusing and Inconsistent

Cody Battershill | Posted 12.17.2014 | Canada
Cody Battershill

To recap: the organization first claimed there were more jobs in clean energy than in oil sands, then the organization denied it, then it released a brand-new blog post reaffirming in fact that it DID say precisely that in the first place. Are you still with me?

Surprising Fact About The Oilsands And Nearby Rivers

CP | Bob Weber, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.05.2014 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - New research suggests that heavy metals released from the oilsands aren't finding their way into nearby rivers."If you buy bottled water in...

Pipeline Projects Over-Promise and Under-Deliver on Jobs

Capt. Trevor Greene | Posted 12.02.2014 | Canada Business
Capt. Trevor Greene

So let's do the math here: three pipelines stretching 4,197 kilometres, generating tens of billions of dollars in profit, the vast bulk of which will leave Canada, for 228 permanent jobs at Enbridge, 50 at Kinder Morgan and 35 at Keystone XL. That's 14 jobs per kilometre. A word to the wise -- don't leave your day job.

Why Oilsands are 'Canada's Elephant in the Atmosphere'

DeSmog Canada | Posted 11.28.2014 | Canada
DeSmog Canada

Once the carbon bubble, like the tech or housing bubble, pops it would bring dramatic re-evaluation of oil companies, resulting in massive layoffs and major industry restructuring. In Canada, the oilsands represents two per cent of the country's GDP and 90 per cent of the economic benefit goes to Alberta.

Why We Might Just Win This Fight Against the Tar Sands

Mike Hudema | Posted 11.27.2014 | Canada
Mike Hudema

The battle to stop the tar sands is far from over but this week shows that when we work together and support each other, when we are bold and courageous we can climb and move mountains. We are growing in numbers every day, and together we can and already are changing the world.

How Vivian Krause Became The Poster Child For Canada's Anti-Environment Crusade

DeSmog Canada | Posted 11.18.2014 | Canada British Columbia
DeSmog Canada

To Krause, it seemed suspicious that foundations from across the border were giving money to Canadian groups working on Canadian conservation and energy issues. It must be, Krause surmised, that these big foundations are spending their dollars to manipulate Canadian energy and environment politics to further American interests.

Why Environmentalists ♥ The Plummeting Price Of Oil

CP | Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press | Posted 11.14.2014 | Canada Business

NEW YORK — Deepwater drilling rigs are sitting idle. Fracking plans are being scaled back. Enormous new projects to squeeze oil out of the oilsands ...

Up Next For Canadian Oil In The U.S.: More Lawsuits

CP | Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.11.2014 | Canada Business

WASHINGTON - There are new threats of lawsuits against Canadian oil pipeline projects in the United States.The legal threats suggest the election of a...

NAFTA Environmental Watchdog 'Dying A Slow Death'

CP | Bob Weber, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.07.2014 | Canada Business

Attempts by NAFTA's environmental watchdog to look into the Harper government's record on salmon farming and the oilsands are at an impasse after dead...

Greenpeace Scales Oil Derrick to Send Solar Message

Mike Hudema | Posted 11.04.2014 | Canada Alberta
Mike Hudema

Alberta has the best solar and wind potential in all of Canada more than enough to power the entire province yet utilizes less than 1per cent of it. Alberta also has a highly skilled, trained workforce. Alberta has the welders, it has the electricians, it has the engineers, the machinists, it has all the people power it needs to make the solar powered leap.

Anti-Oilsands Campaign Has Cost Industry $19.5 Billion: Study

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 11.04.2014 | Canada Business

The global campaign against Canada’s oilsands has cost the industry some $19.5 billion so far, according to a report from two climate groups. The...

We'll Never Know How Much Kinder Morgan Spent In B.C. Municipal Race

DeSmog Canada | Posted 10.29.2014 | Canada British Columbia
DeSmog Canada

While voters will someday know how much non-profits including Dogwood Initiative spent during the election, as it stands it will forever remain a mystery how much oil giants such as Kinder Morgan have pumped into advertising during this year's municipal campaign.

Sliding Oil Prices Will Cost Ottawa Billions, ‘Re-Order' Economy

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 10.20.2014 | Canada Business

The steep drop in oil prices in recent months will cost Canada’s federal government as much as $3 billion in lost revenue, according to an analysis ...

Tarsands Blinding Alberta to Its True Renewable Potential

Mike Hudema | Posted 12.17.2014 | Canada Alberta
Mike Hudema

The Alberta government is so fixated on extracting the destructive tar sands that it's missing out on Alberta's real potential. Rather that causing rising greenhouse gas emissions, countless treaty rights violations, incredible disturbances to land, air and water, the government could be a leader in clean energy solutions.

One-Quarter Of New Canadian Oil Projects In Danger: IEA

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 10.15.2014 | Canada Business

About a quarter of new oil projects in Canada could be under threat if oil prices fall below $80 U.S. per barrel, the International Energy Agency warn...

Canadian Oil Companies Could Be On Hook For Billions In Climate Damages

CP | Bob Weber, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.09.2014 | Canada Business

Advances in climate change science could be creating a huge legal liability for major Canadian energy companies, especially from foreign judgments bei...

Europe Drops 'Dirty' Label From Oilsands: Reports

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 10.07.2014 | Canada Business

The European Union has abandoned a plan to label oilsands product as a particularly dirty form of oil, and tensions with Russia were likely behind the...

Dear Fossil fuels, It's Time To Move Along

Mike Hudema | Posted 12.03.2014 | Canada Politics
Mike Hudema

Fossil fuels, the writing is on the wall. Some countries are already powered by 100 per cent renewables, others are on their way. Our cars and transport are starting to be electrified and solar panels, wind turbines, and geothermal are going up in communities around the world (Bangladesh is installing nearly two new rooftop PV systems every minute).

Greenpeace's Hudema Takes Credit Without Offering Solutions

Cody Battershill | Posted 12.02.2014 | Canada Alberta
Cody Battershill

Hudema and his divisive Greenpeace organization are patting themselves on the back over the fact Norwegian giant Statoil and French brand Total just pulled billions of dollars in planned investment from Alberta's oilsands.

The Battle Against the Tar Sands Is About to Change

Mike Hudema | Posted 11.29.2014 | Canada Politics
Mike Hudema

Working in Alberta, the belly of the tar sands beast, the odds are often overwhelming but, over the past few months, something has changed. The resistance to the tar sands has not only grown in leaps and bounds, it is changing the dynamics of the entire fight.

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

Mike Hudema | Posted 11.22.2014 | 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 11.17.2014 | 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? ...