Tar Sands

02/11/18
Author: 
Mike De Souza, Carolyn Jarvis, Emma McIntosh & David Bruser
 new estimate delivered in a private February 2018 presentation by a senior Alberta Energy Regulator official estimates that the province's fossil fuel industry has a $260 billion liability. File photo of Alberta oilsands facility by Kris Krug

November 1st 2018

Cleaning up Alberta's fossil fuel industry could cost an estimated $260 billion, internal regulatory documents warn.

The staggering financial liabilities for the energy industry’s graveyard of spent facilities were spelled out by a high-ranking official of the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) in a February presentation to a private audience in Calgary.

02/11/18
Author: 
Mike De Souza, Carolyn Jarvis, Emma McIntosh & David Bruser

Nov 1, 2018 - Cleaning up Alberta's fossil fuel industry could cost an estimated $260 billion, internal regulatory documents warn.

The staggering financial liabilities for the energy industry’s graveyard of spent facilities were spelled out by a high-ranking official of the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) in a February presentation to a private audience in Calgary.

30/10/18
Author: 
Jameson Berkow

[See video with link]

Billions of dollars are lost to Canada’s hefty heavy oil price discount every year. But no matter how many new pipelines are built, the bleeding will never fully stop.

25/10/18
Author: 
TREVOR HARRISON , HARVEY KRAHN

The past year has seen intense political fighting between Alberta and British Columbia centred on pipeline development, the actions of protesters, and environmental issues more broadly. Given the importance of the issues involved, the authors re-examined the results of a survey of residents of Alberta and BC, conducted between February 9, 2017 and March 9, 2017 by the Population Research Laboratory at the University of Alberta.

22/10/18
Author: 
Ben Parfittt

Oct 22, 2018 - 

In a decision without precedent in its 25 years of existence, British Columbia’s Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) has told Progress Energy that two massive unauthorized dams that it built will not have to undergo environmental assessments.

19/10/18
Author: 
David J. Climenhaga

Oct 18, 2018 - Highly concentrated corporate ownership of Canada's energy sector and lack of government influence mean there's very little incentive for the fossil fuel industry to pay attention to the dangers of global climate change or worry about the communities and workers that depend on it.

15/10/18
Author: 
PAUL MCKAY

One week ago, the price American refineries will pay for a barrel of Alberta bitumen fell to just below US$30. A seismic jolt raced through the tar sands/oil sands industry, because that price would barely allow even the biggest, most profitable operators to recover operating costs.

14/10/18
Author: 
CJANET FRENCH

[Webside editor: Watch Tzeporah Berman's speach to the Alberta Teachers Conference here.]

To invest in Alberta’s oil industry, or back away slowly, was the question at the crux of a rift between Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and environmentalist and policy adviser Tzeporah Berman last weekend.

26/09/18
Author: 
David Thurton

Greenpeace accuses Teck of bullying Indigenous groups into supporting mine application

Sep 25, 2018

 
The ore crushing unit operates at Fort Hills oilsands mine on Sept. 10, 2018. (David Thurton/ CBC)

The company that hopes to build a massive oilsands project north of Fort McMurray says it has secured the support of all 14 Indigenous groups in the region.

07/09/18
Author: 
Jesse Snyder

From the lack of available pipeline capacity to the potential adoption of electric cars, there is no shortage of threats facing the Canadian oilsands. But the latest menace lies in a seemingly innocuous and highly common element: sulphur.

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