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Petrostate Politics, Creating a Low Carbon Future

Material risks: How public accountability is slowing tar sands development

Hannah McKinnon | Oil Change International - October 29th 2014

Publication: A new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) and Oil Change International quantifies for the first time the financial and carbon impact of public opposition to pipelines and other expanded investment in tar sands production. The report estimates tar sands development lost revenue at $30.9 billion from 2010 through 2013, largely because of a fierce grassroots movement against tar sands development.

Climate Impacts, Land & Species Impacts

Audubon scientists: 314 North American bird species threatened by global warming

Editors | Tar Sands Solutions Network - September 11th 2014

Publication: Climate change threatens nearly half the bird species in the continental United States and Canada, including the Bald Eagle and dozens of iconic birds like the Common Loon, Baltimore Oriole and Brown Pelican, according to a new study published today by National Audubon Society. The study identifies 126 species that will lose more than 50 percent of their current ranges - in some cases up to 100 percent - by 2050, with no possibility of moving elsewhere if global warming continues on its current trajectory.

Oil by rail

Wrong side of the Tracks: Why rail is not the answer to the Tar Sands’s market access problem

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Lorne Stockman et. al | Oil Change International - September 9th 2014

Publication: The debate around pipeline versus rail is a red herring. The real choice is between climate damage resulting from the status quo and a modern, low-carbon energy future that can ensure a safe climate and environment for generations to come. One of the first steps towards that future is to stop extracting more tar sands crude that climate science clearly indicates we cannot afford to burn. This report confirms that rail cannot serve as a replacement for pipelines, and will remain a niche market for tar sands transportation.

Where Oil Meets Water: Energy East is an unacceptable risk to waterways

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August 22nd 2014

Publication: Drinking water, beluga habitat, and fishing and swimming holes are all at risk if TransCanada’s proposed Energy East pipeline is approved, says a new report. "Energy East: Where Oil Meets Water" estimates the Energy East pipeline could spill more than one million litres of crude oil, including diluted bitumen from the tar sands, in just 10 minutes. By comparison, the 2013 spill in the Kalamazoo River in Michigan – the largest inland spill in the U.S. – spilled 3.8 million litres of diluted bitumen over the course of 17 hours.

Climate Impacts, Europe

Dirty Deals: Trade talks undermine EU climate change regulation

July 17th 2014

Publication: This briefing demonstrates how corporate lobby groups are using trade threats, and particularly the EU-US trade talks as a vehicle to attack, weaken and delay important environmental regulation still in the making. The Fuel Quality Directive has already being delayed and potentially weakened threatening EU climate policies and an influx of tar sands to Europe.

Human Rights

REPORT: Environmental and Human Health Implications of the Athabasca Oil Sands

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July 8th 2014

Publication: A new study released by two Alberta First Nations communities in partnership with the University of Manitoba reports that certain carcinogens released in tar sands operations are being found in high levels in local wildlife. The study also reports a higher incidence of cancer among study participants, many of whom work in the tar sands industry, adding to evidence that these local communities suffer from higher rates of cancer.

Human Rights

Tar Sands Crude Oil: Health Effects of a Dirty and Destructive Fuel

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Diane Bailey and Danielle Droitsch | NRDC - March 31st 2014

Publication: With more tar sands flowing through pipelines, there is mounting evidence that people and communities in the vicinity of tar sands activity face substantial health and safety risks. This report highlights a growing body of scientific research and news reports about people directly impacted, showing that serious health risks and problems are arising all along this tar sands network, from northern Canada to refineries in California, the Gulf Coast, the Midwest and the Rocky Mountains, as well as from accidents and spills.