Energy

14/11/15
Author: 
Nick Buxton

The military is not just a prolific user of oil, it is one of the central pillars of the global fossil-fuel economy. Today whether it is in the Middle East, the Gulf, or the Pacific, modern-day military deployment is about controlling oil-rich regions and defending the key shipping supply routes that carry half the world’s oil and sustain our consumer economy. 

29/10/15
Author: 
Marty Hart-Landsberg

If you believe press reports, governments are preparing for “serious” climate negotiations at the upcoming December UN climate conference in Paris.  I put quotes around serious because there is good reason to believe that most governments, at least the most powerful, care little about the outcome.  One indicator is their commitment to protecting the environment in two so-called free trade agreements.

21/10/15
Author: 
Andrea Morison and Ana Simeon
'Peace River' by Fort St. John artist Cindy Vincent

While BC Hydro has begun some construction work on the Site C dam, we want to assure you that the battle to protect the Peace is far from over! We have a strategy, we have a plan, and over the next year –– we will be pulling out all the stops!

The Treaty 8 First Nations are putting all they have into their legal strategy to stop to this destructive and unnecessary dam. The hearing on the request for a judicial review of the construction permits issued for Site C will be coming up very soon - November 18-20th in Victoria.  

21/10/15
Author: 
Canadian Press

A federal regulator will allow Shell Canada Ltd. to begin exploration drilling off Nova Scotia after it reduced the number of days it would take the company to bring in capping technology in the event of a subsea well blowout.

The company says it would have a capping stack on site within 12 to 13 days after previously saying it would take up to 21 days.

The Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board said Tuesday it is satisfied that Shell is taking all reasonable precautions to protect safety and the environment.

10/10/15
Author: 
Naomi Oreskes

CAMBRIDGE, MASS. — MILLIONS of Americans once wanted to smoke. Then they came to understand how deadly tobacco products were. Tragically, that understanding was long delayed because the tobacco industry worked for decades to hide the truth, promoting a message of scientific uncertainty instead.

The same thing has happened with climate change, as Inside Climate News, a nonprofit news organization, has been reporting in a series of articles based on internal documents from Exxon Mobil dating from the 1970s and interviews with former company scientists and employees.

19/09/15
Author: 
Mark Hume
The First Nations argued that Site C, together with oil and gas developments in the same area, would take away so much land that trapping, hunting and fishing could no longer be pursued in traditional ways. (Deborah Baic/The Globe and Mail)

Opponents of BC Hydro’s Site C dam have suffered another legal setback in the Supreme Court of British Columbia.

In a ruling released Friday, the court rejected an attempt by the Prophet River and West Moberly First Nations to quash an environmental certificate issued by the government for the $8.8-billion project on the Peace River.

16/09/15
Author: 
Gary Mason
As Alberta’s NDP government grapples with a cratering economy while simultaneously pondering ways to help burnish the province’s tawdry environmental image, debate inside Premier Rachel Notley’s administration has been guided somewhat by an existential question: Why are we here?
05/09/15
Author: 
Jeff Lewis and Shawn McCarthy

Scott Entz climbs a metal catwalk to show off the latest slaughterhouse technology that keeps Cargill Inc.’s kill floor humming while helping to “green” Alberta’s carbon-spewing energy sector.

Some 4,500 head of cattle are dispatched every day at the hangar-sized rendering plant about an hour’s drive south of Calgary. Just about everything that isn’t carved into steaks and roasts, from guts to the coarse hair on the animals’ tails, is incinerated in a state-of-the-art furnace that also serves as an unlikely cog in the province’s multibillion-dollar oil economy.

01/09/15
Author: 
Bob Weber

New air-quality tests in one of Canada’s largest petrochemical processing regions have revealed more evidence of short-lived but concentrated plumes of toxic chemicals.

The tests by a Nobel Prize-winning lab at University of California, Irvine, echo previous results scientists have recorded for known carcinogens in the area northeast of Edmonton.

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