Oil Sands

Cheap oil's the disaster it is for Alberta because our province is so badly run
Publish Date: 12-JAN-2015 09:43 AM
The decline in oil prices to the sub-$50-per-barrel level may not be a pleasant experience for those of us here in Alberta, especially the Progressive Conservative rulers of our province, but it does offer the potential for what might be called a useful teaching and learning moment for other Canadians. 
Development of Oilsands Incompatible with 2C Global Warming Limit: New Study
Publish Date: 07-JAN-2015 09:26 AM
A new study published today in the journal Nature finds the vast majority – 99 per cent – of Canada’s oilsands are “unburnable” if the world is to avoid a global temperature rise of more than 2 degrees Celsius.  
Oléoduc Énergie Est : 175 pétroliers par année à Cacouna (French)
Publish Date: 31-OCT-2014 09:12 AM
Quelque 175 pétroliers traverseront chaque année une zone de reproduction des bélugas pour accoster au port de Cacouna, révèlent des documents rendus publics hier par le promoteur du pipeline Énergie Est, TransCanada. Dans une conférence de presse pour marquer le dépôt du projet de 12 milliards devant l'Office national de l'énergie, hier, le président d'Oléoduc Énergie Est, François Poirier, n'a pas voulu s'avancer sur le nombre de navires qui transiteront par le port. 
We Talked To Bill Nye About The Tar Sands and The Muzzling of Canadian Scientists
Publish Date: 02-OCT-2014 11:21 AM
I caught up with Bill Nye before his keynote to chat about Canada, the tar sands, and the Harper government’s muzzling of scientists. While the topic was a bit of a downer, Nye was incredibly positive about Canada’s space program—gushing over the space station, which is pictured on our five-dollar bill. 
Canadian Hayley Todesco wins Google Science Fair prize
Publish Date: 23-SEP-2014 09:18 AM
A Calgary teen has won a $25,000 scholarship from Google for her science project about speeding up the detoxification of oilsands tailings ponds. Google Science Fair award winner Hayley Todesco, 18, has just finished Grade 12 at Queen Elizabeth Junior/Senior High School in Calgary. Hayley Todesco's project beat all the other submissions from 17- and 18-year-old students around the world at the Google Science Fair. 
Oil and gas pollution committee quietly silenced
Publish Date: 16-SEP-2014 09:24 AM
Environment Canada appears to have quietly ended key discussions that were intended to tackle carbon pollution from the oil and gas industry. A committee made up of representatives from Environment Canada, the Alberta government and oil and gas companies was created in the fall of 2011 to develop options to reduce industrial greenhouse gases from the oilsands sector, the country’s fastest growing source of carbon emissions. 
Canadian government declines interviews on oilsands health impacts
Publish Date: 05-SEP-2014 11:19 AM
Who are Health Canada’s experts assessing human health impacts of oilsands development? And why has the federal government never done a comprehensive study of health impacts in the region after more than half a century of industrial development? 
Terminal pétrolier et bélugas : voix discordante à Pêches et Océans (French)
Publish Date: 04-SEP-2014 02:15 PM
Les forages que TransCanada veut faire à Cacouna ont fait couler beaucoup d'encre, mais au-delà de ces travaux, c'est tout le projet de terminal pétrolier et le trafic maritime accru qu'il générera qui «risquent d'avoir des effets négatifs» sur les bélugas. Et ce ne sont pas des militants de Greenpeace qui le disent, mais bien des scientifiques de Pêches et Océans dans un «avis» récent. 
Keystone Ads Mislead on Canada ‘s Deep Cuts to Environmental Monitoring
Publish Date: 02-SEP-2014 01:58 PM
Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government has set aside $22.7 million for an advertising blitz this year to promote oil and Canada's other natural resources in the United States, Europe and Asia. But scientists and environmental groups say the advertising message is misleading its target audience about the Canadian government's failure to clean up the oil sands, Canada’s fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions. 
Québec s’en remet à TransCanada (French)
Publish Date: 30-AUG-2014 01:19 PM
Malgré le fait qu’il ait essuyé uniquement des refus de TransCanada à ses demandes répétées d’un avis scientifique en bonne et due forme, le gouvernement du Québec a autorisé l’entreprise à mener des forages sous-marins dans le secteur maritime de Cacouna en vue de la construction d’un port pétrolier destiné à exporter du pétrole des sables bitumineux. 
Canada plans to challenge NAFTA agency’s push for oil sands probe
Publish Date: 13-AUG-2014 10:13 AM
Complaint alleges Environment Canada isn't enforcing the Fisheries Act in the oil sands. Canada appears headed for a showdown with NAFTA's environmental agency following its decision to recommend an investigation into the enforcement of the Fisheries Act in the Alberta oil sands. The Commission on Environmental Cooperation's secretariat notified Canada that it was recommending an investigation, also known as a factual record, on enforcement of the Fisheries Act in the oil sands on July 29, but the secretariat’s decision was not made public until August 7. 
NAFTA environmental body wants to probe oilsands
Publish Date: 08-AUG-2014 09:37 AM
Investigators from an environmental watchdog set up as part of the North American Free Trade Agreement want to investigate whether Canada is enforcing its laws on toxic leakage from giant oilsands tailings ponds.Canada has already told the Commission on Environmental Cooperation that it doesn't have that right. The disagreement sets up a second fight between the Harper government and the three-nation body intended to ensure free trade doesn't degrade environmental enforcement. 
Oil company helped collect evidence for investigation into spill
Publish Date: 06-AUG-2014 11:03 AM
Federal and provincial authorities allowed a company under investigation for a serious oilsands leak to collect some evidence of the harm caused to wildlife, according to a newly released email from Environment Canada. “The game has always been, get rid of the federal government and then downgrade the provincial, and that is exactly what has gone on here,” said Duncan. “So everything that is done, including pipeline inspection, by the way, is done by the company and the proponents.” 
Tailings ponds for mining and oilsands waste : FAQs
Publish Date: 05-AUG-2014 08:20 AM
The breach of a tailings pond at the Mount Polley copper and gold mine in B.C. has released five million cubic metres of mining wastewater into local waterways in early August. Local residents have been banned from using the water from the Quesnel and Cariboo river systems. Here are the answers to some questions you might have about tailings ponds. 
Emails show secrecy on federal oilsands probe
Publish Date: 29-JUL-2014 08:14 AM
Environment Canada’s enforcement branch asked a spokesman to “limit information” given to reporters about how long it took to launch a federal investigation into a serious Alberta oilsands leak last summer. The comments were included in more than 100 pages of emails obtained by the Star that were generated in response to questions from journalists last summer about the mysterious leak in Cold Lake, Alta., that now totals about 1.2 million litres of bitumen emulsion, a mixture of heavy oil and water. 
NEB to delay decision on Trans Mountain pipeline
Publish Date: 15-JUL-2014 02:40 PM
The National Energy Board will delay its final recommendation on the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project by almost seven months because of proposed route changes by the company. 
First Nations critical of oilsands biodiversity
Publish Date: 07-JUL-2014 08:55 AM
A report showing plant and animal life in the oilsands region is flourishing at more than 80 per cent compared to undisturbed areas is raising eyebrows among those conducting a First Nations community monitoring program downstream. Bruce Maclean, research coordinator for the Mikisew Cree First Nation and head of Fort Chipewyan’s community-based water monitoring efforts, said the report does not accurately reflect what’s happening on the ground in First Nations communities downstream of the oilsands. 
Chief Allan Adam: Oilsands health study to “knock socks” off industry, government
Publish Date: 28-JUN-2014 02:33 PM
A new study from the University of Manitoba will soon challenge industry and government claims downplaying environmental health impacts of oilsands development, said the chief of a First Nations community Friday. First Nations communities have alleged that toxic pollution from oilsands operators is contaminating their air, water and food. Representatives from industry and the federal and provincial governments have pointed to research suggesting the toxins aren’t yet at unsafe levels. 
Stephen Harper’s government: Oilsands toxins like BBQ steak
Publish Date: 16-JUN-2014 10:34 AM
Ten days ago, I asked Environment Canada whether any of its scientists would be available for interviews about their research. The department hasn’t yet answered this question along with others. The questions arose following the publication of a new study concluding that deposits of toxic mercury were forming a bull’s eye around oilsands operations in Alberta.  
High mercury levels form 'bull's-eye' around oilsands: study
Publish Date: 04-JUN-2014 08:24 AM
FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. - An Environment Canada study has found elevated levels of mercury in northern Alberta with the bull's-eye centred on oilsands developments. "These results suggest that oilsands developments are a source of airborne (mercury) emissions to local landscapes and water bodies," says the study, which has been reviewed and published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology. Levels of the most dangerous form of the potent neurotoxin are about 13 times higher than normal in the most affected area, about 60 kilometres north of Fort McMurray and a little east of the community of Fort McKay.