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Dead Duck Lake

Posted by mhudema on September 25, 2008

Oilsands: Fowl play

Andrew Nikiforuk
From the September 29, 2008 issue of Canadian Business magazine
On a late July morning, 11 members of Greenpeace did what entrepreneurial activists do best: bold ventures. Armed with bolt cutters, the green crew drove north of Fort McMurray, Alta., severed a chain lock and then broke into Syncrude Canada Ltd.’s Aurora North settling basin, now known to millions around the world as the infamous watery graveyard for 500 migrating ducks. (Locals just call the waste pond “Dead Duck Lake.”)

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Target Tar Sands

Posted by mhudema on September 10, 2008

Layton targets tar sands
GLORIA GALLOWAY
Globe and Mail Update
September 8, 2008 at 7:04 PM EDT
FORT SMITH, NWT — The plane carrying New Democrat Leader Jack Layton and his NDP entourage swooped over the Alberta tar sands Monday to show vast expanses of northern wilderness despoiled by development.

Ponds filled with chemicals that remain from oil extraction, forest that have criss-crossed with strips that have been cleared of trees, mines that rise out of nowhere.

Linda Duncan, the environmental advocate who is running for the New Democrats in Edmonton-Strathcona, offered a running description of the devastation below. Wildlife has been displaced, she said, and ground water has been drained.

In Fort Smith, more than 300 kilometres north of the tar sands that lie outside Fort McMurray, Alta., people fear the chemicals they say may be flowing their way.

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Greenpeace Activists Arrested

Posted by mhudema on July 25, 2008

Greenpeace activists arrested near Fort McMurray

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Updated: Thu. Jul. 24 2008 8:09 PM ET

Eleven Greenpeace activists were arrested at the Syncrude Aurora Oilsands site for trespassing onto the property Thursday afternoon.

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Greenpeace Hangs Banner at Syncrude Toxic Lake

Posted by mhudema on July 25, 2008

July 25, 2008

Greenpeace posts banner at Syncrude tailings pond

By CAROL CHRISTIAN, SUN MEDIA

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FORT McMURRAY — Greenpeace activists were arrested after breaking into Syncrude Canada’s Aurora site yesterday to post banners at the tailings pond where an estimated 500 migratory birds died in April.

The protesters said they tried to block a pipe that flows into the tailings pond, about 75 km north of Fort McMurray or 525 kilometres north of Edmonton, but the attempt was cut short by security.

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2000 Tickets Issued on Highway of Death

Posted by mhudema on July 24, 2008

Police issue 2,000 speeding tickets this year on deadly road

Posted By JOHN COTTER, THE CANADIAN PRESS

Posted 2 days ago

Police are getting fed up with motorists who are using a deadly road that links Edmonton to the oilsands region in northern Alberta as a speedway.

Since January, RCMP and provincial sheriffs have issued more than 2,000 speeding tickets to people driving on Highway 63, including 363 tickets over the weekend.

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Awash in oil money, and problems

Posted by mhudema on July 11, 2008

Energy Hunt: Fort McMurray was a sleepy town on the Canadian frontier until oil transformed it into a boomtown with tons of opportunities – and concerns.

By CNN’s Ali Velshi and Katie Engelhart

FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta (CNN) — On a hot summer day, there’s a distinct smell around the remote, northern town of Fort McMurray, Canada. You might think it’s the oil being processed at nearby plants. But most residents will tell you it’s the smell of money.

Most Americans probably don’t know that one third of the world’s known oil deposits are buried in the dirt of Canada’s Alberta province. The Oil Sands of Canada – as they are known – contain the largest known oil deposit in the world, significantly larger than that of Saudi Arabia. One and a half million barrels of oil are extracted from the land every day, most of it sent directly to the U.S.

Alberta supplies about ten percent of America’s imported oil – some of it from conventional wells, but a growing amount from Oil Sands. And the fast-growing industry has turned the town of Ft. McMurray into a bonafide “boomtown” with folks here juggling new riches – and new problems.

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Tar Sands a Toxic Future

Posted by mhudema on July 8, 2008

Youth do an oilsands reality check, and come away with negative impressions

By CAROL CHRISTIAN
Today staff
Friday July 04, 2008

Some kind of civil disobedience from First Nation youth fed up with living with the fall-out of oilsands development of could be coming in the not-too-distant future.
That prediction was made Thursday during a meeting with First Nations representatives and young adults attending the National Youth Summit in Edmonton. Some 100 youth from across the country are expected to attend the weekend conference. Eight of the youth visited Wood Buffalo Thursday during a tour organized by Greenpeace Canada.
Most of those attending the meeting came to see the oilsands first hand, to see if the negative portrayals in the media were true. They left with the impression those negative reports were accurate.

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Time Capsule Marks Climate Villians

Posted by mhudema on July 8, 2008

Anti-global warming crusader stops in Fort McMurray

By CAROL CHRISTIAN
Today staff
Monday July 07, 2008

Concern about global warming has promoted one environmentalist to undertake a six-province, 24-state tour to educate people and raise awareness that action is needed now to prevent mass extinction.
And if people don’t become more environmentally responsible for themselves, then Anthony Marr hopes they will do it out of love for their children.
Marr set off from Vancouver on Tuesday on a tour entitled Saving Life on Earth From Mass Extinction Due to Global Warming. He plans to be on the road for the next 4 1/2 months, and when he visits each spot, he plans to bury a time capsule to be unearthed in 2060.
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Canadian Youth say Dion Carbon Tax a good first step but….

Posted by mhudema on July 7, 2008

July 7, 2008

Green bonanza!

Grit leader predicts his carbon plan will mean ‘megatonnes of money’ for Alberta

By GLENN KAUTH, SUN MEDIA


Federal Liberal Leader Stephane Dion brandishes a copy of his Green Shift carbon emissions reduction plan while addressing the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition conference at the University of Alberta yesterday. Dion fielded questions about global climate change from youth across the country. (JAMES MacLENNAN/Special to Sun Media)

A Liberal plan to tax greenhouse-gas emissions will mean “megatonnes of money” instead of economic disaster for Alberta, Stephane Dion vowed yesterday.

The so-called Green Shift tax proposal, which would slap a $40-per-tonne levy on carbon emissions, “will be good for a province like Alberta as it will be for the whole of Canada,” Dion, the leader of the federal Liberals, promised a crowd of dele-gates at the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition conference in Edmonton.

“Imagine Fort McMurray to be sustainable,” he told the audience. “We’ll have the know-how that we’ll be able to export around the world and we’ll make megatonnes of money with it.”

Dion, who has been touring the province in a bid to sell the carbon tax, said the advantage to Alberta will come from economic diversification fostered by the levy.

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Dion slams Tories ‘greenhouse gas’ mentality

Posted by mhudema on July 7, 2008

Dion slams Tories’ greenhouse gas ‘mentality’
Liberal leader sees bleak environmental future with current government attitude on emissions
Erika Beauchesne
The Edmonton Journal
Federal Liberal Leader Stephane Dion is shielded from the rain under an umbrella held by his wife Janine Krieber while talking with students at the University of Alberta on Sunday, where he spoke at the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition summit.
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Federal Liberal Leader Stephane Dion is shielded from the rain under an umbrella held by his wife Janine Krieber while talking with students at the University of Alberta on Sunday, where he spoke at the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition summit.

EDMONTON – A group of young activists had federal Liberal Leader Stephane Dion dancing and singing along to an anti-climate change ballad Sunday at the U of A.

“Ooh, it’s hot in here, there’s too much carbon in the atmosphere,” rhymed Dion, clad in jeans and cowboy boots for his tour of Western Canada.

Dion was in town Sunday to sell his green shift carbon tax plan. And while he was singing the same tune as the more than 100 young people attending a climate change conference, Dion has had a harder time convincing the Alberta government of the plan’s benefits.

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