Claudia Cattaneo

[Wepage editor's note: A law to INCREASE emissions from 66 to 100 megatons is not a cap, it is legalized climate vandalism.]


Nov 1, 2016 - Alberta’s NDP government moved to put into law Tuesday the costliest aspect of its climate leadership plan – a 100 megatonne-a-year cap on emissions from the oilsands.

The hope is the hard cap that will strand some of the resource will win federal permits for pipelines and Alberta recognition for sacrificing its most valuable asset.


Download this Nov 2016 report by the Iron and Earth organization of tradesworkers in Alberta from their web page.

Brent Patterson
TransCanada CEO Russ Girling.

November 1

The Trudeau government has approved the expansion of a TransCanada fracked gas pipeline.

Reuters reports, "The Canadian government on Monday approved the $1.3 billion expansion of a natural gas gathering pipeline in western Canada belonging to a wholly owned subsidiary of TransCanada Corp, with 36 conditions attached. ...The current NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd (NGTL) System is a 23,500-km pipeline that gathers natural gas from the fast-growing Montney and Duvernay shale plays in northern Alberta and north-eastern British Columbia."

Reid Southwick

Alberta’s energy watchdog is responding to a pipeline failure that is believed to have leaked oil into a flowing wetland in northwestern Alberta.

Calgary-based Trilogy Energy Corp. said it discovered the leak Thursday afternoon at its Kaybob project about 15 kilometres northeast of Fox Creek.

The Alberta Energy Regulator said oil emulsion, consisting of half water, half oil, has leaked into a flowing marsh area that isn’t home to fish.

The watchdog said Friday afternoon it was still trying to determine the volume of the spill and whether it affected any wildlife.

Bob Weber

FORT MCKAY, Alta. - A major study of air quality in a northern Alberta indigenous community surrounded by oilsands development suggests there is a chance ongoing exposure to airborne chemicals may be damaging people's health.

The study by Alberta Health and the province's energy regulator has found more than a dozen chemicals push past environmental and odour thresholds at least some of the time in Fort McKay First Nation.


Workers at the Suncor Energy Inc. East Tank Farm have voted overwhelmingly to unite with Unifor, joining 4,000 members as part of local 707A at the company’s extraction facilities in northern Alberta.

Unifor is a Canadian energy union representing over 12,000 members, including Newfoundland and Labrador offshore platform workers, Suncor workers in Alberta’s oilsands, Saskatchewan energy crown corporations’ employees, as well as workers in refineries across several provinces.


Ian Bickis

Sept 16, 2016 CALGARY — The Alberta government has approved three oilsands projects that it says represent about $4 billion of potential investments, though it’s unclear whether any of the projects will go ahead.

The projects include the Blackpearl Resources’s Blackrod project, Surmont Energy’s Wildwood project, and Husky Energy’s Saleski project that together total about 95,000 barrels of potential production.

Ian Bicks

Shell Canada Ltd. says the first carbon-capture project in the oil sands has successfully stored one million tonnes of carbon dioxide deep underground after a year of operation.

The company, which developed the $1.35-billion Quest project with the help of $745-million from the Alberta government and $120-million from Ottawa, says the project is operating ahead of schedule and under budget.

Charles Campbell
Former Tsawwassen First Nation Chief Kim Baird is one of three members of the federal environmental review panel for the Trans Mountain pipeline Photo Peter Holst

Back in June, shortly before the Harper-appointed National Energy Board gave a thumbs-up to Kinder Morgan’s oil tanker proposal, the Liberals announced the creation of a new review panel tasked with “restoring public trust in Canada’s environmental and regulatory processes.”

Barely two months later, the panel has failed spectacularly. Not only has the slapdash process failed to restore trust, it has actually dragged our faith in Canada’s pipeline and tanker reviews to historic new lows.


TORONTO, Aug. 18, 2016 /CNW/ - The union bargaining for over 8,500 energy and chemical workers across Canada has reached a three-year deal with Suncor. The collective agreement will set the pattern for Unifor's upcoming negotiations at other companies in the industry.


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