Blog Post: Last month, scientists from Environment Canada released a study citing research that estimated the rate at which tailings water is likely seeping from one lake (and into groundwater systems hydraulically connected to the Athabasca River). That rate to be 6.5 million litres per day. Lead author Richard Frank said, “This is the strongest indication to date that process water is reaching the river system.”
Blog Post: Thank you to each and every one of the hundreds of people who joined together for a march on Washington yesterday to ask the President to “Dec-line the Pipe-line”. And a special thanks to the 398 young people who put themselves on the line and were arrested in the XLDissent action. This exercise in peaceful dissent is what American leadership looks like. The marchers were demanding a rejection of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline standing up to our addiction to fossil fuels that threatens our air, land, water, and communities.
Blog Post: Nebraska is usually dismissed as “flyover country” in our national dialogue. But like the story of David and Goliath, the fight against the Keystone XL pipeline has shown the world that people who love their land possess the five smooth stones to slay the giant.
Blog Post: When U.S. President Obama met with Prime Minister Harper earlier this week, he highlighted the importance of considering climate change in key energy decisions, like the Keystone XL pipeline. The President said that climate change “has to affect all of our decisions at this stage because the science is irrefutable,” but was polite enough not to highlight that Canadian energy decisions do their best to ignore climate change. We can see this in recent decision-making related to the tar/oil sands, pipelines and tankers, and coal ports, with many federal government decision-makers insisting that they do not have the legal authority to consider climate change.
Blog Post: Not everyone thinks that pipelines lead to new carbon pollution. Some argue that the oil sands will be developed no matter what, so building a new pipeline has no impact on the pace of oil sands development. We’re not convinced. Energy East would increase the capacity of the pipeline network that carries crude out of western Canada by one-third. Crucially, this pipeline would carry oil sands to tidewater, where companies can load their crude onto tankers and sell it wherever it fetches the best price. Opening up the oil sands to world markets would make the economics of building new projects more compelling, which will lead to new oil sands production and the carbon pollution that comes with it.
Blog Post: The congregation of Trinity-St Paul’s United Church in Toronto voted unanimously on Sunday at its Annual General Meeting to lend its voice to the fast-growing divestment movement, and to ensure that its own funds are not invested in any of the world’s 200 largest fossil fuel companies. The vote confirms a long-standing commitment to climate justice, which has been a key priority of the congregation for the past decade.
Blog Post: Canada’s Federal Court criticizes the government’s failure to develop recovery strategies in time for consideration by the Northern Gateway Joint Review Panel. While the Court accepted that the work done in relation to the proposed recovery strategies may have assisted with the Ministries’ submission to the Joint Review Panel, it found that cannot be “equated to the level of protection that would be provided to the four species, had the recovery strategies been posted for them in a timely fashion”.
Blog Post: In what is a major victory for farmers, ranchers and other landowners, Nebraska’s District court has declared the route for the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline through that state to be unconstitutional. This significant court decision means once again that the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline does not have an approved route through the State of Nebraska. Moving forward, this is likely going to mean that Keystone XL’s route through Nebraska will have to go through a more rigorous process conducted by the state’s Public Service Commission.