Canada Tar Sands

Why Energy East Will Fail the Quebec and Ontario Climate Test

Cameron Fenton | Posted 11.28.2014 | Canada Politics
Cameron Fenton

Energy East is the largest tar sands pipeline ever proposed. It would facilitate an additional 650,000 to 750,000 barrels per day of tar sands production. This would mean up to 32 million tonnes of carbon emissions each year, the same as adding 7 million new cars to Canadian roads and a larger footprint than the entire province of Nova Scotia.

Worried About Falling Oil Prices? Divest and Re-Invest

Cameron Fenton | Posted 10.22.2014 | Canada Politics
Cameron Fenton

A recent plunge in oil prices as been driving a steady stream of commentary from leading economic voices across the spectrum in Canada calling for everything from outright panic to 'stay the course'. With oil hovering just north of $80 per barrel, many are starting to question the future of pipelines, tar sands and other resource intensive extractive projects.

Harper's Sneaky NEB Act Revisions Violate Our Charter Rights

Tzeporah Berman | Posted 10.21.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Tzeporah Berman

Foreign markets are buying up our resources, corporations are getting rich, and average Canadians are taking on all the risk. Unfortunately, Canada has a poor record of enforcement against oil companies, and prosecutes less than one per cent of environmental violations in the oil sands. Because of changes to the NEB Act last year, Canadians must do tremendous paperwork to have their voices heard, but some are fighting back.

Heartbreak at the Edge of Canada's Tar Sands

Caitlyn Vernon | Posted 09.11.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Caitlyn Vernon

"Here," said a Heiltsuk friend as we began the walk, "put this in your pocket, it will help protect you." She handed me a piece of dried Devil's club bark, medicine from the B.C. coastal rainforest to carry with me as we walked by Alberta's tar sands facilities. Strong medicine was definitely in order as my lungs hurt, heart ached, and eyes welled up with tears with all that I witnessed.

Investors Give Canada's Tar Sands the Heave-Ho

Kevin Grandia | Posted 09.06.2013 | Canada Business
Kevin Grandia

Citizens and community leaders converging this weekend in Northern Alberta for the annual "Tar Sands Healing Walk" will likely be quite happy with news that another major European financial institution is dropping their investments in Canada's tar sands.

10 Reasons Canada's Tar Sands Suck

Kevin Grandia | Posted 07.16.2013 | Canada
Kevin Grandia

Pardon my french, but Canada's tar sands suck. As a Canadian it blows my mind that we can have the second largest deposits of oil in the world, but our government remains billions in debt and one in seven Canadian children live in poverty. Here are ten reasons Canada's tar sands suck.

Canada Pulls its Goalie on the Environment

Adam Scott | Posted 07.15.2013 | Canada Politics
Adam Scott

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.

Fort McMurray: Life Beyond Oil Sands

Theresa Wells | Posted 10.28.2012 | Canada Alberta
Theresa Wells

There are also those who think that Fort McMurray is nothing but oil sands, nothing but workers in coveralls and enormous dump trucks, the landscape nothing but a sea of tailings ponds and smoke stacks. As with many things, though, the reality is nothing like the hype.

Canada on Tar Sands: "Dig Baby Dig"

Hannah McKinnon | Posted 05.06.2012 | Canada
Hannah McKinnon

In a report released today, the Government of Canada's international tar sands advocacy strategy is revealed. Until things change we need to call it like it is -- sacrificing our children's future so that the tar sands industry can make an even more obscene profit today.

Rachel Mendleson

'Ethical Oil' Campaigners Want To Be 'The Greenpeace Of The Other Side'

HuffingtonPost.com | Rachel Mendleson | Posted 10.04.2011 | Canada Business

Ezra Levant can pinpoint the precise moment he decided that the Alberta oil sands needed an image makeover. While attending a writer’s conference...

Speaking Out Against the Canada-U.S. Tar Sands Pipeline

Dr. James Hansen | Posted 08.05.2011 | Canada
Dr. James Hansen

If the Keystone Pipeline Project gains approval, it will become exceedingly difficult to control the tar sands monster. The scientific community needs to get involved in this fray now.