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Oil Pressure: the fight to stop the tar sands

Posted by mhudema on November 9, 2008

Oil pressure

What happens in Northern Alberta is no longer a provincial issue.
Now the world is watching — the oilsands have gone global

You either loved it or hated it last week when Maude Barlow, chairwoman of the Council of Canadians, compared Alberta’s oilsands mines to the bleak, desolate landscape of Mordor ruled by the Dark Lord in the fictional trilogy Lord of the Rings.

GREENPEACE

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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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Tar Sands – the new toxic investment

Posted by mhudema on September 17, 2008

Environment: Tar sands – the new toxic investment

Report warns against oil industry’s equivalent of the sub-prime mortgage crisis

Shell and BP have been warned by investors that their involvement in unconventional energy production such as Canada’s oil sands could turn out to be the industry’s equivalent of the sub-prime lending that poisoned the banking sector and triggered the current financial crisis.

The criticism came as a report was released yesterday warning of the potential financial risks of tar sands, and members of the UK Social Investment Forum met in London to consider a Co-op Investments campaign on halting oil industry involvement in the carbon-intensive oil projects.

The report, BP and Shell, Rising Risks in Tar Sands Investment, co-authored by Greenpeace and fellow campaign group Platform, argues that oil majors are trying to make up a shortfall in conventional reserves by an irresponsible dash to extract oil from bitumen and other sources.

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More Birds Dead in Alberta

Posted by mhudema on September 10, 2008

Alberta oil spill kills hundreds of birds

With a report from The Canadian Press

CALGARY — Alberta’s oil and gas industry is again in the environmental dock, as a spill at an oil well in the province has killed up to 500 ducks and swallows, according to reports from the scene.

The birds died after landing in the spill, which was found Monday at an out-of-service conventional oil well in the southwest corner of CFB Suffield, in southeastern Alberta. The well is operated by Calgary-based Harvest Energy Trust.

The new deaths have occurred at a bad time for Canadian oil companies, whose public image was hit earlier this year when 500 ducks and other waterfowl strayed into a waste pond at the Syncrude Canada Ltd. oil sands facility. Pictures of those oil-covered birds made international headlines, as environmental groups used the incident to illustrate the perceived hazards resulting from oil sands development.

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Industry Steps Up the Greenwash

Posted by mhudema on July 31, 2008

Stepping up efforts to win over critics; Lobby Group
National Post
Thu 31 Jul 2008
Page: FP1
Section: Financial Post
Byline: Claudia Cattaneo
Dateline: CALGARY
Source: Financial Post
CALGARY – Faced with an unflattering image as a global environmental disaster area, the oil sands sector is stepping up its offensive to counteract critics.
The sector has re-branded the Oil Sands Developers Group, a Fort McMurraybased coalition of 28 companies developing the business, and put forward its president, Don Thompson, to get out the message that reality on the ground is different from that portrayed by green groups and others who want development stopped.
Members of the coalition, which Mr. Thompson said are used to solving complex problems, range from industry pioneers such as Syncrude Canada Ltd. and Suncor Energy Inc. to new entrants including Norway’s Statoil Hydro ASA and Korea National Oil Corp.
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Greenpeace breaks into Syncrude Canada operation in Alberta to protest oilsands

Posted by mhudema on July 28, 2008

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. _ A group of Greenpeace activists who broke into a Syncrude Canada Ltd. operation in northern Alberta to draw attention to a campaign against oilsands development have been arrested, ticketed and released by police.

The protesters said they blocked a pipe that flows into the same Aurora North tailings pond where 500 ducks died last April.

Greenpeace spokesman David Martin said they also unfurled a skull and crossbones banner that reads “World’s Dirtiest Oil: Stop the Tar Sands.”

RCMP said charges were pending against 11 activists.

Syncrude officials were not immediately available for comment.

Alberta is considering whether to charge Syncrude over the dead ducks under the province’s environmental laws.

INDEX: ENVIRONMENT JUSTICE OIL&GAS POLITICS
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Greenpeace goes into Belly of the Beast

Posted by mhudema on July 25, 2008

Brazen protesters tag Syncrude pond
Greenpeace activists ticketed for trespassing on oilsands site
Alexandra Zabjek
The Edmonton Journal

EDMONTON – A new chapter in activism against Alberta’s oilsands was opened Thursday when a group of protesters entered Syncrude’s Aurora mine site north of Fort McMurray and unfurled banners on the edge of a controversial tailings pond.

“To actually go onto the (oilsands) sites themselves, that’s a new thing and I think we can expect to see more of that in the future as greater awareness is brought to what’s going on up north,” said Paul Joosse, a University of Alberta PhD student who studies environmental social movements.

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Greenpeace Slams Tar Sands

Posted by mhudema on July 25, 2008

Greenpeace stunt slams ‘tar sands’ tailing ponds
Posted: July 24, 2008, 5:18 PM by Shane Dingman

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Greenpeace Takes to Tar Sands

Posted by mhudema on July 25, 2008

Eleven Greenpeace oil sands protesters arrested and issued trespassing tickets for attempt to block pipeline, then released.

The RCMP in Fort McMurray Alberta arrested 11 Greenpeace activists. The activists were charged for trespassing at the Syncrude Canada Ltd. Aurora oilsands site at around 12:30 p.m. MT Thursday.

Syncrude employees found the activists at the tailings pond, and called the RCMP.

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Greenpeace Invades Syncrude

Posted by mhudema on July 25, 2008

Greenpeace Blocks Pipe At Syncrude Oil Sands Waste Pond

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Shortly after 1 p.m. EDT, 10 activists capped the pipe that discharges toxic waste products into the so-called tailings pond at Syncrude’s Aurora North mine near Fort McMurray, Greenpeace said in a new release.

They also raised a skull-and-crossbones banner over another pipe, and another on the banks of the pond reading “World’s Dirtiest Oil: Stop the Tar Sands.”

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