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Mounting Evidence of Health Concerns Near Tar Sands Development

April 5, 2014 by Danielle Droitsch

Addressing Health Concerns

Two studies have drawn attention to the linkage between tar sands development and significant health concerns. The two reports both released by the Alberta government separately show that the incidence of cancer downstream of tar sands development is higher than expected.[read more]

How Alberta's Oil Sands are Produced

December 4, 2013 by Robert Rapier

Alberta Oil Sands

I spent the first week of November in the heart of the Athabasca oil sands around Fort McMurray, Alberta. I was there as a guest of the Canadian government, which hosts annual tours for small groups of journalists and energy analysts.[read more]

Alberta's New Wetland Policy Gives a Pass to Tar Sands Industry, Ignores Climate Change

September 16, 2013 by Danielle Droitsch

Alberta Wetland Policy

The people of Alberta have sought a policy to protect its valuable wetlands from degradation by the tar sands industry. Over the past eight years, tar sands development has destroyed numerous wetlands in Alberta’s boreal forest, one of North America’s carbon storehouses.[read more]

Well Blowout Raises Questions on Alberta Tar Sands Oversight

July 26, 2013 by Danielle Droitsch

Alberta Tar Sands Blowout

As a tar sands well blowout enters its tenth week contaminating a large area of Canada’s Boreal Forest killing dozens of animals, a new report reveals that Alberta’s regulatory system to prevent and enforce tar sands operations is lax and failing.[read more]

Report: Less Than 1 Percent of Tar Sands Infractions Penalized

July 24, 2013 by Kevin Grandia

Canada is under pressure to prove the tar sands can be cleaned up, but a new report finds that environmental protection and enforcement on infractions to be abysmal.[read more]

Just Say No to Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

April 23, 2013 by Frances Beinecke

Alberta tar sands

It's not in our national interest. It's a profit scheme for big oil. It would feed our addiction to fossil fuels, accelerate climate change and put our heartland farmers, ranchers and communities at risk. It needs to be denied.[read more]

Protecting Water from Oil Sands Operations: Legacy of Broken Promises

April 1, 2013 by Danielle Droitsch

Athabasca River

The promise of the Alberta and Canadian government to protect the critical waters of the region remains unfulfilled. These broken promises should be considered in reviews whether or not to approve Keystone XL.[read more]

Canada Dishes Out $876 Million for Shell's Oil Sands Carbon Capture Project

July 9, 2011 by Nathanael Baker

Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE: RDS.A) will receive C$876 million from both the Canadian federal government and also the Alberta provincial government for its Quest carbon capture and storage project at the company's Scotford Upgrader plant in the Alberta oil sands. Shell's Quest project would represent the first oil sands operation to...[read more]

Tar Sands Means C02 Game Over

June 28, 2011 by Jonathan Smith

Image via Wikipedia While this blog disagreed with Hansen’s position on nuclear power for base-load electric power, this blog agreed with the position this leading climate scientist takes on tar sands. Treehugger began their interview on Climate Change and Intergenerational Justice by noting Hansen’s concern: “...[read more]

European Commission Report Finds Fuel Produced From Canadian Tar Sands Significantly Dirtier Than Average

February 9, 2011 by Simon Mui

A new report commissioned by the European Commission (EC) was released this week, evaluating the different greenhouse gas emission (GHG) impacts from Canadian tar sands versus conventional sources of oil. The report reinforces years of academic studies and environmental impact statements showing tar sands being among the...[read more]

Monarchy Trumps Democracy: Canadian Prime Minister Harper's Unelected Senate Rejects Passed Climate Bill

November 17, 2010 by Nathanael Baker

In a move that has generated serious uproar in the Canadian government, the Conservative dominated Senate has defeated a climate change bill that was passed in the House of Commons by holding a snap vote while several Senators were away. The move is shocking on several fronts.  Firstly, the vote took place while 15 Liberal Senators...[read more]