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Oil Pressure: the fight to stop the tar sands

Posted by mhudema on November 9, 2008

Oil pressure

What happens in Northern Alberta is no longer a provincial issue.
Now the world is watching — the oilsands have gone global

You either loved it or hated it last week when Maude Barlow, chairwoman of the Council of Canadians, compared Alberta’s oilsands mines to the bleak, desolate landscape of Mordor ruled by the Dark Lord in the fictional trilogy Lord of the Rings.


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Greenpeace breaks into Syncrude Canada operation in Alberta to protest oilsands

Posted by mhudema on July 28, 2008

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. _ A group of Greenpeace activists who broke into a Syncrude Canada Ltd. operation in northern Alberta to draw attention to a campaign against oilsands development have been arrested, ticketed and released by police.

The protesters said they blocked a pipe that flows into the same Aurora North tailings pond where 500 ducks died last April.

Greenpeace spokesman David Martin said they also unfurled a skull and crossbones banner that reads “World’s Dirtiest Oil: Stop the Tar Sands.”

RCMP said charges were pending against 11 activists.

Syncrude officials were not immediately available for comment.

Alberta is considering whether to charge Syncrude over the dead ducks under the province’s environmental laws.

© 2008 The Canadian Press

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Greenpeace goes into Belly of the Beast

Posted by mhudema on July 25, 2008

Brazen protesters tag Syncrude pond
Greenpeace activists ticketed for trespassing on oilsands site
Alexandra Zabjek
The Edmonton Journal

EDMONTON – A new chapter in activism against Alberta’s oilsands was opened Thursday when a group of protesters entered Syncrude’s Aurora mine site north of Fort McMurray and unfurled banners on the edge of a controversial tailings pond.

“To actually go onto the (oilsands) sites themselves, that’s a new thing and I think we can expect to see more of that in the future as greater awareness is brought to what’s going on up north,” said Paul Joosse, a University of Alberta PhD student who studies environmental social movements.

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Economy or the Environment

Posted by mhudema on July 13, 2008

The Economy and The Environment – Can They Coexist?

Canada’s Harper government has been blasted by many for not taking aggressive action against climate change. However, the Canadian economy is largely upheld by the ultra-dirty tar-sands industry. Is there a way to balance the environment and the economy?If the Canadian government were a person, it would have both its hands full. In one, the feds have to protect and promote the internationally accepted image of Canada as a vast and green, environmentally forward nation. In the other, the Canadian government has to, quietly but effectively, ensure the economic stability of the nation, which in turn means protecting the dirty business of tar-sand oil production.But before we analyze the predicament that is trying to be both environmentally forward and pro-oil production, consider this. In 2007, according to the CIA, Canadian exports totaled $569.3 billion dollars, while Canadian imports totaled $555.2 billion; thereby resulting in a $14.1 billion dollar trade surplus at the end of 2007 – a crucial statistic that in turn allowed the feds to pay off some of the Canadian national debt.

However, included in the $569.3 billion dollars are the profits derived from the 2.274 million barrels of oil that are exported each day. When we subtract the 1.185 million barrels of oil that are imported daily, Canada produces for export and profit roughly 1.089 million barrels of oil a day. And if the average price for one barrel of oil was a meager $125 per barrel (it is currently $147), those 1.089 million barrels of exported oil would translate into a $49.685 billion dollar a year input into the Canadian economy. In other words, Canadian oil production and exportation is the pivotal factor that determines whether the Canadian economy records a surplus or a deficit at the end of each year.

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Climate Changes Effects on Alberta

Posted by mhudema on July 11, 2008

Forest fires, drought, disease
Climate change study warns province to prepare for spike in natural disasters
Keith Gerein
The Edmonton Journal
A farmer cuts his drought-stunted oat crop near Cochrane in 2002. A report warns Alberta is headed for more of the same.
CREDIT: Reuters, file
A farmer cuts his drought-stunted oat crop near Cochrane in 2002. A report warns Alberta is headed for more of the same.

EDMONTON – More forest fires, unreliable water supplies, volatile farming conditions and the emergence of unfamiliar diseases — these are among the impacts Albertans can expect from a warming climate, a new report to the provincial government says.

The three-year study, one of the first to assess the vulnerability of Alberta’s communities and industries to climate change, suggests the province must act quickly with new infrastructure and planning if it hopes to successfully adapt to the changing conditions.

“The message is that we will still be able to enjoy a high quality of life, but we must move forward with adaptation and mitigation strategies starting today,” said University of Alberta researcher Debra Davidson, one of the lead authors.

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Canada is Greener, Or is It?

Posted by mhudema on July 8, 2008

The Grass is Not Greener in Canada. Or is it?

This was the Canadian flag until 1965. Found at the blog No Fixed Address.

I was quite pleased by the interesting discussion that ensued in the comments box on my 4th of July posting. There were many really informative and insightful comments. I am quite fortunate and thankful to have the readers and commenters that I do. You guys rock!

I was also discovered to be a wannabe Canadian. Well, as Elaine said in her comment, “I kinda suspected that from your previous posts.” I’m sure she’s not the only one. But I wasn’t the only American discovered as a wannabe Canadian. There were at least two others who expressed similar sentiments. Rich humorously (but at least half seriously, I’m thinking) quipped that July 4th is “the day I like to pretend I’m Canadian.” And Christine wrote (among other very insightful comments on the post) of her own thoughts about emigration over the years.

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Time to Kick the Habit

Posted by mhudema on July 4, 2008

Kicking the habit: Headlong rush to oil shale won’t end energy woes
Tribune Editorial
Salt Lake Tribune
Article Last Updated:07/02/2008 06:35:46 PM MDT
A junkie gets desperate when his junk runs out. He’s got to have more, and he’ll do just about anything in order to keep feeding his habit.
America is like that about oil. As our supply from foreign sources gets more expensive and rumors float around that those dealers are running out, we’re panicking, ready to trade our natural resources, even the future of the planet, for one more hit.
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Ad mockingly invites U.S. governors to watch Alta. ‘dirty oil’ destroy forests

Posted by mhudema on June 29, 2008

EDMONTON — A Washington-based coalition of environmental groups is taking another tongue-in-cheek shot at the Alberta government with a newspaper ad targeting oilsands development.

The ad from the Natural Resources Defence Council features a faux postcard from Premier Ed Stelmach inviting western U.S. governors – who begin meetings Sunday with western premiers in Jackson Hole, Wyo. – to hold their next get-together near the tarsands.

“We can watch as pristine boreal forests and wetlands are destroyed to produce some of the dirtiest oil,” reads the postcard, which sits atop two vacation-style snapshots of an open-pit mine and an oil plant spewing smoke.

“Sunsets over the giant toxic waste lagoons are spectacular – just hope the ducks don’t land as they fly over looking for a place to nest!”

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Upgraders ramp up toxic fear

Posted by mhudema on June 20, 2008


Upgraders ramp up toxic fears

By Jeff Cummings
20 June 2008 12:44
ben lemphers/metro edmonton

Maureen Chichak, a resident of Strathcona County and member of Citizens for Responsible Development, discusses the effects upgrader projects are having on her and her neighbours.

Some residents who live in Alberta’s “Upgrader Alley” say they don’t want to have their farms and acreages swallowed up by any more towering oilsands plants.
In fact, they expect to flood a boardroom in Fort Saskatchewan Monday for a public hearing to review Petro-Canada’s bid to build a $14-billion upgrader project that will require close to 14.5 million cubic metres of water each year in order to make millions of barrels of oil each day.

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Residents speak out over latest project in Alberta’s busy ‘upgrader alley’

Posted by mhudema on June 20, 2008

Alaska Highway News
Friday, June 20, 2008
Page: B2
Section: Finance
Dateline: EDMONTON
Source: Alaska Highway News

Landowners and residents are speaking out against the latest in a growing list of upgrader projects for an area northeast of Edmonton known as Upgrader Alley.

People in Sturgeon County are intervening in provincial hearings to review the $14-billion Petro-Canada (TSX:PCA) upgrader project.

Anne Brown and Maureen Chichak both know several people in the area who have cancer, including two farmers who both died of lung cancer even though neither man smoked.

The women say they fear the already tainted air in their rural community will become even worse with more upgraders.

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