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Library Fines Higher than Tar Sand Enforcement

Posted by mhudema on July 4, 2008

Government records show close to no environmental regulation enforcement in Alberta’s Tar Sands


    TORONTO, July 2 /CNW/ - After a recent spate of 'greening' campaigns by
government and industry for the Tar Sands, information obtained by
ForestEthics shows government is failing to enforce environmental regulations,
giving oil sands companies a free ride.
    Oil companies operating in the Tar Sands were fined only $249,000 in
2006, despite numerous environmental violations including 240 air quality
exceedances by just one company, Suncor. By comparison, library fines for
Alberta's largest cities, Calgary and Edmonton, totaled more than $4 million
that same year, in 2006, or sixteen times more than what all the oil companies
were fined for their environmental violations.
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Oilsands penalties dwarfed by library fines

Posted by mhudema on July 2, 2008

Mike De Souza
Canwest News Service

As a provincial regulator moves ahead with new enforcement tools to crack down on waste from Alberta’s oilsands sector, new statistics have revealed that a majority of projects faced no fines or prosecution in recent years under environmental protection legislation.

The data, compiled through an analysis of quarterly provincial reports and decisions made by the federal and provincial governments, revealed that only one company was fined under environmental protection legislation in 2006 and 2007.

Meanwhile, the federal government did not lay a single charge under the Fisheries Act against any oilsands company operating between 1988 and 2005.

“This is an industry that’s spewing 1.8 billion litres of toxic waste in tailings ponds every day, so looking at this and realizing the scale of it, it was really quite alarming,” said Gillian McEachern, a senior campaigner at ForestEthics, an environmental group that conducted the analysis.

“It really points to the need for better federal oversight over what’s happening, stronger regulations and good monitoring and enforcement of those regulations.”

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Investing in Environmental Destruction and Cultural Genocide

Posted by mhudema on June 17, 2008

Petroleum meeting greeted by protesters

Investors at a petroleum symposium in Calgary Monday were challenged to taste water taken from Lake Athabasca in northern Alberta.
Investors at a petroleum symposium in Calgary Monday were challenged to taste water taken from Lake Athabasca in northern Alberta. (CBC)Oilsands protesters challenged investors at a Calgary petroleum conference on Monday to drink from bottles of murky water from Lake Athabasca, which sits near Alberta’s major oilsands developments.

Environmentalists joined residents from the Fort Chipewyan area in northern Alberta at the annual symposium of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers to ask the oil and gas industry to slow down development long enough to fully study the water supply downstream from oilsands projects.

The protesters also wanted to attract the attention of hundreds of investors at the symposium.

“Our kids, my children, they swim in that water. They drink that water every day. They drink it and we drink it out of our taps, so if it’s safe, they should be able to take a drink of it too,” Lionel Lepine, a member of the 1,500-member Athabasca Fort Chipewyan First Nation, told CBC News outside the downtown meeting. Read the rest of this entry »

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Melchin denies climate change, Stelmach denies environmental costs of the tar sands, and others just don’t do anything.

Posted by mhudema on January 17, 2008

Well today was a strange day filled with strange admissions, weird denials and enough greenwashing to fill a conference centre.

Yes the oil sands summit met in Calgary, our Premier went to Washington and I got to sit in a room with 400 men in suits talking about how they can destroy the planet.

Here are some of the days highlights:

Total and StatOil gave a presentation on the dangers of climate change, the wonders of carbon capture and how all their facilities will be built “capture capable”. That all sounds alright until you ask them if they actually plan to implement the technology. The answer – nope. Not unless they are forced by government or the rest of the industry decides to do it. Wow now there is some leadership.

The lunch time keynote with Greg Melchin (Minister of Seniors) was also quite the display. It started with Melchin saying that when it comes climate change the “science is still unknown”. The Albertan Minister then went on to say that a “government cannot be too dogmatic (and take one side) when the debate (on global warming) is still out”. At this point my head almost exploded.
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Alberta Premier’s “Mythical” Tar Sands Tour Attacked By Polar Bear – and a few facts

Posted by mhudema on January 17, 2008

Stelmach in DC


Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach was in Washington, DC today hyping his province’s vast reserves of oil-soaked tar sands.

Not everyone was applauding Stelmach, and rightly so.

According to news reports, Stelmach, “bemoaned what he termed the myth that the environmental cost of the oilsands is too high, saying calls from ‘some quarters’ to slow or stop production doesn’t make sense.”

Here’s a few of the supposedly “mythical” facts about the Alberta tar sands:

  • Tar Sands operations could eventually cover 149,000 square kilometers of pristine forest – that’s an area roughly the size of Florida. Read the rest of this entry »

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Premier tells U.S. that environmental toll from oilsands is a “myth”

Posted by mhudema on January 17, 2008

WASHINGTON – Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach asked American business leaders Wednesday not to buy into the “myth” that oilsands production comes at too high an environmental cost, saying attempts to curtail it “don’t make sense.”But he faced disbelieving protesters at every turn on the first day of his trade visit to the United States, including about 35 environmentalists who passed out flyers to guests arriving at a Canadian embassy reception.”Stelmach should be back home cleaning up the oil industry rather than running around Washington as an oil salesman,” said Liz Butler, organizing director for ForestEthics, a Canada-U.S. based organization.

“The U.S. does not want Canada’s dirty oil.”

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Climate Change Activists to Stage Protest at Reception at Canadian Embassy for Alberta Premier, Ed Stelmach in DC Promoting World’s Dirtiest Fuel

Posted by mhudema on January 16, 2008

Activists Declare: “Hey Canada: Keep Your Dirty Fuel – More Global Warming Equals Less Security”
WASHINGTON, DC – January 15 – Oil Change International, ForestEthics, and other environmental activists will stage a protest outside the Canadian Embassy starting at 6 p.m. during a reception for Ed Stelmach, premier of Alberta, on his first visit to the US on Wednesday, January 16th.

WHO: Oil Change International, ForestEthics, Environmental and Climate Change Activists
WHAT: Action Against Global Warming at Reception for Alberta Premier Promoting World’s Dirtiest Fuel – Creative, Visual demonstration to call attention to climate change causing resource extraction
WHEN: Wednesday January 16th at 6 p.m.
WHERE: Canadian Embassy, 501 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001
The Canadian province of Alberta is in possession of a rare natural resource known as the Alberta Tar Sands, which can produce a very small amount of low-grade petroleum only after undergoing an extremely energy intensive and wasteful process. This process produces three times as many greenhouse gases as conventional oil production through extreme localized degradation, and is being referred to as the most environmentally destructive petroleum endeavor of all time. On his first visit to the U.S. the Canadian Embassy will host a talk by Ed Stelmach promoting the extraction and use of Alberta Tar Sands. Activists will gather in a creative, energetic and visual demonstration to send a strong message to Stelmach and the US government that nether the U.S. or Canada, nor the planet can afford or tolerate such environmental degradation. To arrange an interview with protest organizers or for comment on the tar sands please contact Steve Kretzmann of Oil Change International at 202-497-1033 or Liz Butler of ForestEthics at 202-487-4908 For further Information, go to: or

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