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More Birds Dead in Alberta

Posted by mhudema on September 10, 2008

Alberta oil spill kills hundreds of birds

With a report from The Canadian Press

CALGARY — Alberta’s oil and gas industry is again in the environmental dock, as a spill at an oil well in the province has killed up to 500 ducks and swallows, according to reports from the scene.

The birds died after landing in the spill, which was found Monday at an out-of-service conventional oil well in the southwest corner of CFB Suffield, in southeastern Alberta. The well is operated by Calgary-based Harvest Energy Trust.

The new deaths have occurred at a bad time for Canadian oil companies, whose public image was hit earlier this year when 500 ducks and other waterfowl strayed into a waste pond at the Syncrude Canada Ltd. oil sands facility. Pictures of those oil-covered birds made international headlines, as environmental groups used the incident to illustrate the perceived hazards resulting from oil sands development.

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Tar Sands Travel

Posted by mhudema on June 27, 2008

Greenpeace has launched its own website to counter the greenwashing they say is being done by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP).

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The propoganda battle over the tar sands in Alberta heats up as Greenpeace launches a new website. The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) has begun a new campaign to coincide with Alberta’s “rebranding” of the tar sands, and the site,, is being launched as a response to that effort. is counting on humour to communicate a very serious issue to Canadian and international audiences about the destructive nature of the world’s largest industrial development.

For example, the site showcases showcases some of the unique attractions that await travelers to Alberta: Black sand beaches, toxic lakes and clearcut forests. Until now, this kind of vacation destination was merely the stuff of science fiction; but now, it can be experienced first-hand.

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Hundreds of Fish found Dead in Fort McMurray

Posted by mhudema on June 25, 2008

Wed, June 25, 2008
UPDATED: 2008-06-25 02:46:27 MST


FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. — Two Alberta government departments are investigating what caused the death of hundreds of fish in the Poplar Creek Reservoir north of Fort McMurray.

The dead fish were discovered last week at the sprawling reservoir, which was built in the early 1970s to divert water around an oilsands mine owned by Syncrude Canada Ltd.

Although the Syncrude mine is no longer active, the waterway is located only a few hundred metres from a Suncor oilsands construction site.

But a spokesman for Alberta’s environment ministry says there’s no evidence of contamination coming from the Suncor site, so investigators are still trying to find out what killed the fish.

Alberta Environment continues to investigate the death of roughly 500 ducks and other waterfowl that landed on a toxic Syncrude tailings pond at the end of April.

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Dirty Oil to Receive PR Makeover

Posted by mhudema on June 24, 2008

Oil sands tries image makeover

Already under the microscope for greenhouse gas emissions, oil sands companies suffered a major public relations setback when images of ducks soaked in tailing pond oil emerged. Now, they’re striking back with a campaign to show how they can produce oil and manage the environmental impact

From Tuesday’s Globe and Mail

OTTAWA — Canada’s oil sands producers are tired of their image as environmental bad boys and are fighting back. As their critics get more vocal, the companies have decided to band together to get out the message that they are committed to reducing the environmental damage that results from oil sands development.

In an interview Monday, Imperial Oil Ltd. chief executive officer Bruce March said the oil companies are making major investments in new technology that will dramatically reduce the oil sands’ impact on water, land and air.

Mr. March spoke in the interview as part of the industry’s kickoff of an aggressive communications campaign that includes a new website and a series of national advertisements that, the industry says, are designed to engage Canadians in a dialogue about the controversial projects.

The Imperial Oil CEO said the development of the oil sands is a national project, similar in scope to the building of the railway in the 19th century.

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Remember the ducks

Posted by mhudema on June 4, 2008

A grassroots group of individuals staged a protest at the Legislature on June 3, 2008, to protest the oil companies and their disregard for the environment. The group unleashed hundreds of rubber ducks into the wading pond, sang, and addressed the media.

Pics (11 images):
(Andrew F. took most of these photos):

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And check out page B2 of today’s Journal — there is a picture of someone who may look familiar . . . .

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Dead loon found days after duck disaster

Posted by mhudema on May 6, 2008


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Greenpeace officials are again crying foul after a loon was found dead and two others in distress at the ConocoPhillips tar sands site, the second wildlife incident in the oilsands in a week.

Mike Hudema, a Greenpeace tar sands campaigner, said it causes him concern an anonymous tip received Saturday afternoon comes about a week after 500 ducks were found dead on a tailings pond at the Syncrude oilsands site.

“It’s definitely a concern for us … the fact that the death of birds and wildlife in some of these sites is not a one-time occurrence,” he said, adding the incident was reported to Greenpeace by a tipster.

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Bird Tragedy

Posted by mhudema on May 2, 2008

PM wades into dead duck controversy

Harper says tailings pond tragedy hurts image, First Nations chief wants inquiry


A female Mallard duck is gets it’s bill cleaned of oil at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Edmonton on Wednesday April 30, 2008 after being transported from the Syncrude tailings pond at their tar sands site near Fort McMurray, Alta. (Jordan Verlage/SUN MEDIA)

A third duck rescued from a Syncrude tailings pond has died.

That leaves just two surviving ducks of the roughly 500 that died earlier this week when they landed in the toxic pond north of Fort McMurray.

And one of the two remaining survivors is in poor condition and may not have long to live.

“The one does (have a chance). The other one, we’re not holding out much hope for, unfortunately,” said Kim Blomme, founder of the Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Edmonton.

Five ducks were initially recovered from the pond. Three later died, including one on Wednesday night, said Blomme.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who was in Edmonton yesterday for the official opening of the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute, said the tragedy hurts Canada’s environmental image.

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