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Abandon Tarsands says Investor

Posted by mhudema on September 15, 2008

Abandon oil sands, urges big investor

One of Britain’s biggest investors will launch a campaign this week to persuade Shell and BP to drop their plans for heavy investment in oil sands and shale projects in North America.

Co-operative Asset Management is concerned that the huge environmental costs of producing crude from oil sands or shale could change the economics of these so-called ‘unconventional’ fuel sources, putting the oil companies and their investors at risk of a huge wasted investment. Read the rest of this entry »

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Greenpeace Protestors Shine Light on Toxic Future

Posted by mhudema on July 25, 2008

Greenpeacers Arrested Protesting Oil Sands in Northern Alberta

FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta, Canada, July 24, 2008 (ENS) – Eleven Greenpeace activists entered Syncrude’s Aurora North Tar Sands facility north of Fort McMurray today, erecting a banner that transformed the opening of a tailings pond pipe into the “mouth” of a giant skull, spewing toxic sludge.

Shortly after 8:00 am, Greenpeaceers attempted to block the pipe, but the strength of the water pressure prevented the closure from being completed, said a spokesperson for the group.

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Racism in the Tar Sands: exploiting foreign workers and poisoning indigenous people

Posted by mhudema on June 13, 2008

June 12, 2008

By Macdonald Stainsby

The giant corporations that are determined to exploit the Alberta tar sands face a major problem — a serious shortage of local labour to do the actual work. So the Canadian and Albertan governments have a plan, ideal in their eyes, to solve the crunch.

Currently, employers desperate to find needed hands, backs and minds for the vast production targets of the “Gigaproject” are flying workers from the Maritimes from their homes for shift stretches and then back again, but that effort faces limits in terms of workers available. Nary a day goes without a business page article somewhere in Alberta bemoaning the lack of workers. Many of the Newfoundlanders who would have come out this way in the past will now work in Newfoundland premier Dany Williams’ new off shore oil and gas ventures, using skills learned in Fort McMurray, Alberta.

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