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Big Oil Rejects Wetlands Policy

Posted by mhudema on September 16, 2008

Oilsands firms balk at wetlands policy
‘No net-loss’ rule could cost oil producers billions
Kelly Cryderman
Calgary Herald

Two major industry associations representing oilsands producers are refusing to support key tenets of a long-awaited plan to protect Alberta’s wetlands, citing concerns about rigid rules and restoration costs that could stretch to $1 billion and beyond.

Environmental groups say they have been blindsided by the decision.

“I don’t think a lot of people realize how critical wetlands are,” said Danielle Droitsch, executive director of Water Matters, a Canmore-based environmental group.

Rules to protect the province’s disappearing wetlands — key to both healthy water supplies and wildlife — are long overdue, say environmentalists and other industry groups that are members of the wetland policy project team.

“While we’ve been negotiating this policy for three years, the Alberta government has been licensing (oilsands) operations in the absence of a policy,” Droitsch said. Read the rest of this entry »

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Highway to Hell

Posted by mhudema on July 15, 2008

Canada’s Highway to Hell

Under growing pressure from U.S. politicians and environmentalists to clean up its act, Canada’s tar sands industry is responding with a $25-million PR makeover.

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Obama May Say No to the Tar Sands

Posted by mhudema on June 25, 2008

Obama’s eyes on oilsands
Democratic candidate’s clean-oil vow threatens Alberta
Sheldon Alberts
Canwest News Service
Supporters greet Barack Obama in Las Vegas yesterday. According to a U.S.-Canada relations expert, it seems the presumed Democratic presidential nominee wants to eliminate 'dirty' oil sources such as the oilsands. 'He is very aware of them and the process that's generating them.'
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Supporters greet Barack Obama in Las Vegas yesterday. According to a U.S.-Canada relations expert, it seems the presumed Democratic presidential nominee wants to eliminate ‘dirty’ oil sources such as the oilsands. ‘He is very aware of them and the process that’s generating them.’

WASHINGTON — Barack Obama took aim at the Alberta oilsands yesterday, declaring he would break America’s addiction to “dirty, dwindling, and dangerously expensive” oil if he is elected U.S. president

Jason Grumet, Obama’s senior energy adviser, told reporters it’s an “open question” whether the oilsands fits Obama’s plan to shift the U.S. sharply away from carbon-intensive fossil fuels.

“If it turns out that the only way to produce those resources would be at a significant penalty to climate change, then we don’t believe that those resources are going to play a growing role in the long-term future,” said Grumet.

The remarks amount to a shot across the bow of Alberta’s oilsands industry, which is planning to boost production from 1.3 million barrels a day to 3.5 million barrels over the next decade.

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