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Economy, Environment & Animal Life, International

The end of peak oil demand?

Oil demand will decline, renewable energy sources increase: BP 2020 report For decades environmentalists have been calling for reductions in the use of fossil fuels which they say contributes to global warming resulting also in climate change. For almost the »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, International, Internet, Science & Technology

Oil companies explore loophole in shipping restriction

A Canadian law passed in June prevents Alberta oilsands crude being shipped from the British Columbia terminals along Canada’s northern Pacific coastline. This was due to fears of the environmental damage if there was an oil spill. But a test »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, International, Politics, Society

Major pipeline project approved, but…

Yesterday afternoon, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the Trans Mountain pipeline project had been approved by cabinet. The multi-billion dollar and highly controversial project would triple crude capacity from the Alberta oilfields to a tanker facility on the »

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Pipeline delays; deliberate? Who’s to blame

The Trans-Mountain pipeline project to nearly triple its capacity of oil from Alberta to the Burnaby is once again becoming heated. Kinder-Morgan, the U.S. company that owns Trans-Mountain wants to double the existing pipeline but has come under repeated opposition »

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Controversial major pipeline project cancelled

In an announcement today, the CEO of Trans-Canada pipelines said the so-called “energy east” and “eastern mainline” pipeline projects have been called off. The project would have seen a pipeline stretching from the oil sands project in Alberta and oil »

Environment & Animal Life, 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 »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, International

Something else Americans (and maybe Canadians as well) don’t know about Canada

Oil, it’s a big issue. The US in recent years has been feverishly trying to develop its own energy sources to reduce dependence on foreign oil, especially from less than friendly countries. What most Americans probably don’t know is that their »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, Politics

Energy-East Pipeline battle in Canada; still simmering

It’s all about the so-called “Energy east” pipeline. It’s a plan to reverse the flow on an existing pipeline to send oil sands crude from Alberta to refineries and ports in eastern Canada. At a meeting on Friday, Alberta’s Premier, »

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Report: Canada ill-prepared for Arctic oil spill

A report prepared for the government on Arctic oil drilling contains some interesting revelations. Obtained under Access to Information laws,  the document called “An Emergency Response Biomonitoring Plan for Accidental Spills” is dated May 23, 2014, and was prepared for »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, International, Politics

Canadian oil sands avoid European “dirty oil” label

It was close, but oil from the Alberta oil sands process has survived an effort in Europe to have their crude labelled as “dirty oil” thereby making it much more difficult to supply a European market. For the past two »