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Economic Factors, Energy East

Fishing at the end of Energy East

Feature

May 25th 2015

Visual: In part two of this three-part series documenting the stories of Energy East, photojournalist Robert van Waarden casts off with fisherman David Thompson and sails the Bay of Fundy to capture the sights and sounds of his way of life. Thompson worries the new Energy East pipeline will leak, and he questions the logic of major investments in oil infrastructure when we know the future of our society lies elsewhere.

Spills and Leaks, Kinder Morgan

Oil spills happen

April 30th 2015

Visual: How bad could a tanker spill be in Burrard Inlet? About 600 times worse than the Marathassa fuel oil spill in English Bay.

Climate Impacts, Spills and Leaks

Report highlights industry plans to flood West Coast with tar sands

Feature

Anthony Swift | NRDC - April 29th 2015

Publication: The West Coast could soon become a destination for huge volumes of tar sands crude oil - one of the world's dirtiest fuels - setting back efforts to combat climate change and exposing communities to significant new health and environmental risks. NRDC and a coalition of twenty-nine partners organization released a report -- "West Coast Tar Sands Invasion" -- that examines the spike in oil infrastructure, climate pollution, and public health risks that will result from oil industry proposals to expand tar sands refining and export capacity on the West Coast.

Energy East

Energy East – an export pipeline

Feature

April 21st 2015

Visual: TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline plan is all about exporting oil. It is not a made-in-Canada energy solution. Up to 90 per cent of Energy East’s oil would be exported unrefined. As an export pipeline, it won’t create many permanent jobs or have lasting economic benefits to local communities.

Energy East

The Economics of Energy East: What’s in it for Ontario?

Richard Carlson & Rob Dorling | Mowatt Centre - April 17th 2015

Publication: Energy East would clearly benefit other regions of the country. As an oil producer, Alberta would be able to sell product at higher prices; and refiners and shippers in provinces such as New Brunswick could benefit from improved access to Western Canadian oil. When it comes to Ontario, TransCanada, the developer, has highlighted large economic benefits for the province, but our analysis indicates that potential economic costs could outweigh these benefits.

Climate Impacts

Digging a Big Hole: How tar sands expansion undermines a climate-friendly energy strategy

April 10th 2015

Publication: A new study, released by Environmental Defence and Greenpeace Canada, shows that if the province’s energy strategy takes climate change seriously, the single most important thing the strategy should do is stop the expansion of tar sands production. The study shows that increasing the production of oil from the tar sands makes it almost impossible for Canada to meet even weak carbon reduction targets or go further and show climate leadership.

Climate Impacts, Air & Water Issues

There’s something really dirty going on in Canada that these celebrities want you to know about

Feature

March 20th 2015

Visual: One hundred celebrities, scientists, artists, elected officials, labor unions, progressive organizations, landowners, and climate activists have signed a letter for the president. In the Sierra Club’s most widely watched video ever, a bevy of celebrities make the case for rejecting Keystone XL and more business-as-usual dirty oil production.