Tar Sands

06/07/19
Author: 
John McMurtry
Tar Sands Protest

July 5, 2019 

Big Lies and Ecocide in Canada

As we know, big lies can run free across borders with few people joining the dots. For example, no media has been reporting that China’s growing dispute with Canada is based on Canada’s enforcement of the Trump administration’s unilateral embargo against Iran. This is what politicians called ‘the rule of law’. In fact, it is assisting the US takedown of China’s superior IT competition – Huawei – for not obeying the illegal US embargo.

01/07/19
Author: 
Deborah Jaremko

 

May 31 2019 - Canadian Natural Resources Limited’s announced acquisition of Devon Energy’s oilsands assets continues the “Canadianization” of the massive resource as international-based companies exit the sector. 

The trend was already well underway well before this week’s announcement, but it’s worth taking a look at how ownership of Alberta’s massive resource will sit following the deal’s close, which is expected in June.

26/06/19
Author: 
J D Hughes

 

The above (low-resolution) image of the oil sands in 2018. Click on the link to view the images for each year from 1984 to 2018.

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30/05/19

 

The recent deals from Calgary-based Canadian Natural Resources, Cenovus Energy and Athabasca Oil Corporation to acquire billions in oilsands assets have brought much attention to the level of Canadian ownership of these projects and operations.

It’s time to look at the numbers. 

As it turns out, even before the approximately $31 billion combined value of these mining and thermal oil transactions, Canadian companies were responsible for the majority of bitumen volumes.

21/05/19
Author: 
JEFF LEWIS

 

May 20, 2019 - The federal and Alberta governments are planning to allow tar sands/oil sands companies to release 1.3 trillion litres of liquid waste, currently held in 220 square kilometres of tailings ponds across the northeastern part of the province, into the Athabasca River, under new regulations intended to take effect in 2022, the Globe and Mail reports.

03/05/19
Author: 
Mitchell Anderson
‘Whether or not the rest of the oil patch has as wretched a record of accuracy remains to be seen, but the missing 17 megatonnes thus far unearthed are enormous — equivalent to the entire carbon output of Toronto or Seattle.’ Photo by jasonwoodhead23, Creative Commons licensed.
 May 3, 2019

As disaster looms, petro province lets industry call the shots.
 
Mitchell Anderson is a freelance writer based in Vancouver and a frequent contributor to The Tyee.
 
Trust us. That has long been the message from the oil sector to the Alberta public, which seems to have little choice in the matter.
19/04/19
Author: 
Carl Meyer

Pollution from fossil fuels in Canada continues to grow by staggering amounts, with the oilsands sector alone responsible for more carbon pollution than all of B.C. or Quebec in 2017, says the federal government in its latest climate change report to the United Nations.

The newest edition of Canada’s National Inventory Report, covering data up to two years ago, shows that the oil and gas sector was responsible for 195 million tonnes, or megatonnes (Mt) of greenhouse gas emissions in 2017, up eight Mt from 2016.

11/04/19
Author: 
Stephen Leahy
April 11, 2019

Indigenous people and environmentalists want to prevent the expansion of Canada's oil sands development, and the water and air pollution that come with it.

Large enough to be seen from space, tailings ponds in Alberta’s oil sands region are some of the biggest human-made structures on Earth. They contain a toxic slurry of heavy metals and hydrocarbons from the bitumen separation process.
08/04/19
Author: 
Peter McCartney
An aerial view of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain marine terminal in Burnaby. Jonathan Hayward / THE CANADIAN PRESS

It was election night in 2017 and Wilderness Committee staff were gathered at our local watering hole nervously watching the vote totals roll in. We had a lot riding on this election, especially in the fight to stop the Trans Mountain pipeline and tanker project.

I remember celebratory cheers from NDP candidates that they would stop the pipeline as the night turned in their favour and I have no doubt many of these MLAs still hold this as a priority, and even believe their government is honouring its election promise.

21/03/19
Author: 
Murray Reiss

 

[Arrested on March 23, 2018, Reiss pleaded guilty to criminal contempt of court and was sentenced to 25 hours community service.]

 

I want to thank you, Your Honour, for allowing this opportunity to explain why I took the action for which I am pleading guilty.

 

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