Tar Sands

Dylan Waisman
Thousands gathered to demonstrate against the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion. Photo by Trevor Mack.

The air was crisp and cold as they trekked up Burnaby Mountain early on Saturday morning. People's breath came out in white puffs as each of the volunteer construction workers carried two planks of wood. Their goal was to build a traditional Indigenous "watch house" to monitor Texas-based Kinder Morgan as it proceeds with construction of its Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.

Robyn Allan

Re: “Pipeline woes have cost Canadians a whopping $117B, says TD’s McKenna,” Chris Varcoe, Opinion, Feb. 17.

Feb 24, 2018 - Frank McKenna’s statements are packed with strong conclusions in defence of Canada’s economy. Regrettably, facts tell us he is wrong. 

McKenna laments the discount between the U.S. light oil benchmark, West Texas Intermediate (WTI), and Western Canadian Select (WCS), Alberta’s oilsands benchmark. He says, “this is a colossal amount of money for Canadians to lose, simply because they don’t have access to competitive markets.”

Barry Saxifrage
Oilsands expansion is digging Canada a deeper and deeper hole writes Barry Saxifrage. Photo by Jeff McIntosh/Canadian Press

 February 20th 2018

Carbon pollution from oilsands expansion is radically undermining Canada's plan to fight climate change. On the present course, almost everything else in Canada would have to shut down for the country to meet its climate change targets.

Barry Saxifrage
Where the pollution from Alberta's 12 billion barrels of bitumen has ended up. IPCC data. Background image by NASA/Goddard. Chart by Barry Saxifrage

Lost in the heated arguments over Kinder Morgan's proposed Trans Mountain pipeline is this simple fact: more than a quarter of the bitumen flowing through it will end up as pollution spilling into our oceans — one way or the other.

All the bitumen that doesn't spill from pipelines or tankers gets burned, ending up as carbon pollution dumped into our environment. Over one quarter ends up in the oceans, acidifying them for millennia to come.

Claudia Cattaneo

[Editor's Note: It is well known that other indigenous peoples are leading the no pipeline movement and support an oil tanker moratorium on BC's coast.]

A First Nations’ led $17-billion oil pipeline from Alberta to the West Coast has put in motion a back-up plan to site its terminal across the border

February 6, 

Kevin Orlnad

Alberta's tailings ponds cover about 97 square miles and hold enough waste to fill more than half a million Olympic-size swimming pools

[Provincial regulators estimate that cleaning up oilsands facilities represents a $27 billion liability, of which the companies have posted only about $1 billion in security. Environmental groups say the cost could be much higher.​]
Patrick Bond

From: Patrick Bond <pbond@mail.ngo.za>
Date: January 10, 2018 at 11:46:44 AM PST


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