Press Clipping: A new study suggests that naturally occurring upward flow of groundwater in the oilsands region is creating fractures and weaknesses that may explain a series of catastrophic events for the controversial mining industry. The findings, soon to appear in the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, have significant implications for groundwater protection, the security of massive industrial wastewater disposal in the region as well as the economics and placement of more than 100 steam plants and mines.
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Press Clipping: One of Washington’s most influential lobbying firms made thousands of dollars in political contributions to key U.S. lawmakers last year as it worked on behalf of the Alberta government to drum up congressional support for the Keystone XL pipeline, documents reveal. Chronicling meetings and luncheons between lobbyists and congressional staffers, the U.S. government records offer a glimpse into Alberta’s efforts to promote a project that is facing a growing number of hurdles across the border.
Blog Post: As TransCanada prepares to file a proposal to the National Energy Board for its Energy East pipeline, 350.org, the Council of Canadians, and Leadnow.ca have launched a campaign calling for climate change and community voices to be included in the National Energy Board’s review of the mega-project. “Almost 10,000 people have already sent messages to the National Energy Board demanding a fair review of this pipeline,” says Cameron Fenton, Canadian tar sands organizer with 350.org. “The question now is whether the NEB and the government will listen to communities, or push for a rubber stamp on this project.”
Press Clipping: Make no mistake, this is a spectacular victory for the Tsilhqot'in and an emphatic rebuke to the swindlers who have ruled and attempted to ruin this province since they first clapped eyes on the place. Finally, a rare serving of natural justice, and from the darkness of modern times, some news that offers a glimmer of hope for a better world. But while pausing to savour what has just been won, it's hard not to worry that the barbarians are still at the gate, and may be all the more dangerous for being wounded.
Press Clipping: The National Energy Board has ordered Enbridge Inc. to stop work along its Line 3 oil pipeline in Manitoba after an inspection earlier this month revealed numerous environmental and safety concerns. Enbridge announced plans earlier this year to replace the pipeline in its entirety — a $7.5 billion undertaking that would be the largest project in the company's history. The NEB says it won't allow work to resume until it's satisfied the problems have been fixed by Enbridge.
Blog Post: Stephen Harper’s handling of B.C. mirrors the conditions that created the Reform movement two decades ago. As the next federal election draws closer, conditions below the surface should remind political observers of another seismic event a generation ago. The central question for British Columbians, as it was for Albertans in the 1980s and ’90s, is this: Who gets to decide what’s in our best interest — Ottawa or the people who live here?
Press Clipping: It’s July, it’s gorgeous out and 2050 feels like a long, long way off. Maybe that’s why a recent report on our global low-carbon future landed with barely a ripple in this country. But its findings should be required reading for anyone interested in Canadian climate and energy policy. Like so many great recipes, it turns out that the recipe for a low-carbon future is surprisingly simple.