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No Balance on Tar Sands

Posted by mhudema on June 11, 2008

No balance on tar sands – comment – No balance on tar sands

June 10, 2008

Prime Minister Stephen Harper often talks about finding the right balance between economic growth and environmental protection.

But Harper put growth well ahead of the environment last week when he gave the green light to Imperial Oil’s proposed $8 billion Kearl tar-sands project, which is predicted to create 3.7 million tonnes of greenhouse gases annually – equivalent to putting another 800,000 cars on the road.

The project was stalled in March by the federal court, which ruled that a federal-provincial environmental review panel that recommended approval had failed to justify its views.

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Top 10 Reason’s to Hate Canada’s Tar Sands

Posted by mhudema on June 11, 2008

Top ten reasons to hate the tar sands

1. Residents of communities living downstream from tar sands operations are experiencing unusually high rates of rare cancers and auto-immune diseases. Dr. John O’Connor spoke out on the occurrance of rare cancer clusters in the community of Fort Chipewyan.

2. The Alberta tar sands are the fastest growing contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in Canada. By 2020 they will emit more GHG’s than double that produced by all the cars and trucks in Canada.

3. Development of the tar sands requires massive clear-cuts of the pristine, biodiverse boreal forest, which acts as a carbon sink. A area the size of the state of Florida is what is on the chopping block.

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Exxon Stalled By Court – other project affected

Posted by mhudema on May 15, 2008

Imperial suffers Kearl defeat


From Thursday’s Globe and Mail

May 14, 2008 at 9:36 PM EDT

CALGARY — Multibillion-dollar oil sands projects will face new legal and regulatory hurdles after the Federal Court ruled against Imperial Oil Ltd. in its battle to keep the $8-billion Kearl oil sands mine on schedule.

Imperial went to court to win back a key permit for site preparation that was voided after a Federal Court found Kearl’s regulatory approval to be incomplete on the issue of greenhouse gases.

The loss will set back Kearl by at least several months, if not a year or more.

For the energy industry, the Federal Court decision means regulatory reviews are likely to become ever-more detailed and arduous, while legal challenges will become more common.

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Court Case on Oil Sands Set to Start in Canada

Posted by notarsands on January 15, 2008


January 14, 2008 2:19 p.m.

The battle between oil exploration and its inevitable environmental impact is coming to loggerheads in the Great White North, as proceedings in a federal court in Alberta begin tomorrow to determine whether a new oil sands field met critical environment requirements.

The judicial review, currently scheduled to last four days, is over the Kearl Tar Sands project, part of one of the second largest proven oil reserves in the world. It’s located in the Alberta region, about 70 km north of Fort McMurray, and is ultimately expected to produce 300,000 barrels of bitumen, the heavy oil recovered from oil-sands deposits, a day.

Exxon Mobil Corp.-owned Imperial Oil, Canada’s largest petroleum company, is facing allegations that it has not sufficiently game-played the degree and the length of time to which the project could adversely impact the surrounding environment and that a government panel last year was wrong when it said the company had.

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