Highlights/oilsands

Environment

Oilsands’ GHG emissions may be greater than reported

Government scientists say carbon emissions from oilsands in western Canada may be significantly higher than industry calculated. Researchers took samples from the air and found emissions from four oilsands operations to be on average one third higher than those taken» 

Economy, Environment, Society

Greenpeace disparages Canadian oil woes

Canadian oil companies and the government of the oil-producing province of Alberta are deeply worried about an overcapacity of oil which has dramatically cut the price fetched by a barrel of Canadian oil.  Some companies have even proposed limiting production.» 

Economy, Environment

Nebraska votes ‘yes’ to TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline

TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL pipeline cleared the last major regulatory hurdle Monday when state regulators in Nebraska voted to approve the controversial project to ship Alberta oil sands crude to the U.S. gulf coast and world markets. During a brief» 

Environment, Politics

Stop expanding oilsand tailings ponds, urge environmental groups

The extraction of oil from sand in western Canada has left over a trillion litres of waste stored in tailings ponds and they are getting bigger. Two environmental groups issued a report showing the cost of cleaning them up would exceed» 

Environment, International, Politics, Society

Canada’s pipeline decisions: years of controversy ended, years more begin

After years of controversy and protest, the federal government announced decisions on some major oil pipeline projects. Although the decision had been made days earlier, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau only made the public announcement late yesterday afternoon. One project,  the» 

Environment, Politics, Society

Panel to study how oilsands can reduce GHG emissions

Representatives of the oil industry, environmental groups and indigenous communities will form a panel to examine how the oilsands can meet targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reports Canadian Press. The government of the oil-producing province of Alberta has created» 

Economy, Environment, International, Politics, Society

Most politicians avoiding climate issue: professor

‘A lot of pretending going on’ Canada is among the world’s top three emitters of greenhouse gases but when it comes to climate change issues, “there is a lot of pretending going on from each of the three major, national» 

Environment, Health, Indigenous, International, Politics

Nobel laureate and oilsands opponent Desmond Tutu will speak at northern conference

Canada must consider how the oilsands in the Canadian province of Alberta contribute to global climate change and make moves to cut its carbon emissions before it’s too late, South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu told reporters in the northern city» 

Environment

Fish deformities linked to oilsands

A Walleye with an enlarged eye caught near Ft. McKay, Alberta, on the Athabasca River in 2010. Renowned Canadian scientist David Schindler says there are stunning similarities between deformities in fish near oilsand developments in Canada and those near major»