Blog Post: In this issue of The Dirt, First Nations across B.C. are challenging the Northern Gateway pipeline decision in court, while 18 B.C. doctors speak out against the health risks associated with the controversial project. And for inspiration, a small town in Maine has succeeded in blocking an Exxon tar-sands pipeline. “The message to the tar sands industry is: ‘Don’t be counting your chickens yet.’,” said Dylan Voorhees, clean energy director for the Natural Resources Council of Maine. "There is a pattern of communities saying ‘no’ to the threat of tar-sands oil.”
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Blog Post: Have you ever wanted to help save the planet but didn't know where to start? Have you ever wished you had a few more skills in your toolbox or knew a few more like minded folks? The Tar Sands Action Camp may just be your answer.
Blog Post: After months of study and too much time listening to the oil industry, President Obama proposed weak new standards for oil trains. How weak? Well, they give the oil industry a license to continue threatening the safety of millions of Americans with hazardous, flammable oil trains. What are the problems with these new rules? Here we go in 10 easy steps.
Press Clipping: Canada’s oil sands producers are facing a pipeline brouhaha in their own backyard that could threaten expansion plans by strangling their access to markets. TransCanada and Phoenix Energy are proposing to build the $3-billion Grand Rapids pipeline to transport 900,000 barrels a day of blended bitumen from Fort McMurray to the Edmonton area. But the project is under fire from landowners, environmentalists and the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN), who complain it is being fast-tracked without proper environmental assessment.
Press Clipping: Citizens trying to stop the piping of tar-sands oil through their community wore blue “Clear Skies” shirts at a city council meeting in South Portland, Maine, this week. But they might as well have been wearing boxing gloves. The small city struck a mighty blow against Canadian tar-sands extraction. “It’s been a long fight,” said resident Andy Jones after a 6-1 city council vote on Monday to approve the Clear Skies Ordinance, which will block the loading of heavy tar-sands bitumen onto tankers at the city’s port.
Visual: Suncor is spending millions on a high profile public relations blitz to convince Canadians it cares about the environment. But we know Suncor is lobbying to get exempted from new water regulations and so it can take as much fresh water from the Athabasca River as it wants -- and then dump its toxic tailings water right into the Athabasca River. Tell Suncor you support absolute limits on water withdrawals and a ban on waste water dumping.
Press Clipping: In its unanimous decision, the country’s highest court rejected the B.C. government’s argument that aboriginal title should be restricted to settlement sites and other places frequently occupied by semi-nomadic aboriginal people before European contact. UNBC professor Paul Michel said the land title is not absolute, as provincial laws will still apply. However, in terms of economic development, there must be meaningful dialogue with First Nations. “It goes way beyond a duty to consult,” he said. “They must have consent.”