Tar Sands

Christine Thuring
Christine Thuring - Tree Sit Aug. 21, 2020

Aug. 21, 2020

Reflections from my first day living in the tree tops above Holmes Creek. The aim of this occupation is to protect and defend the trees, land and waters from needless destruction, to preserve the salmon run of the Brunette, and thus the ecosystem function of the region. The Trans Mountain Expansion has lost its relevance, its costs have ballooned, its markets are drying up, and now even its insurers are dropping it.

Watch video here.

Charlie Smith
Bill Morneau resigned as finance minister today. He also said that he won't seek reelection in his Toronto riding.

 August 17th, 2020

Today's resignation of Canada's finance minister, Bill Morneau, has been the talk of the chattering classes in Ottawa and Toronto.

But here in southwestern B.C., he'll always be remembered as the man who forced an economically absurd pipeline on residents of this region, including the Coast Salish peoples.


July 31, 2020 - French colossal fossil Total sent a shockwave through the Alberta oilpatch Wednesday with the announcement that it is writing off C$9.3 billion in assets in the tar sands/oil sands, including $7.3 billion in the Fort Hills mine, which opened just 2½ years ago, and the Surmont thermal oilsands project.

Dan Healing
An oil sands extraction facility is reflected in a tailings pond near the city of Fort McMurray, Alberta on June 1, 2014. File photo by The Canadian Press/Jason Franson

July 28th 2020

Frankfurt-based Deutsche Bank is joining a lengthening list of European lenders and insurance companies that say they won't back new oilsands projects.

The German bank said Monday its new fossil fuels policy will also prohibit investing in projects that use hydraulic fracturing or fracking in countries with scarce water supplies, and all new oil and gas projects in the Arctic region.

Peter McCartney, Wilderness Committee
A great, narrated picture/video tour of the TMX construction sites from Burnaby north.Trans Mountain Construction Update July 2020
Trans Mountain has got lots of sticks in the ground, but not a whole lot of pipe. Let’s try and keep it that way. Climate Campaigner Peter McCartney recently took a trip along the pipeline route for this construction update.
The Canadian Press
The Supreme Court of Canada has rejected an appeal by B.C. First Nations challenging federal approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, the Burnaby portion of which is pictured in June 2019. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

First Nations were seeking to challenge federal government's re-approval of pipeline expansion project

The Supreme Court of Canada will not allow an appeal from a group of First Nations in B.C. looking to challenge the federal government's second approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.
Carol Linnitt

Documents obtained by The Narwhal reveal Canada Action, an organization that promotes the natural resources industries while criticizing the environmental movement, receives funding from the oil and gas sector


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