STOP: Stop Tar Sands Operations Permanently

Just another WordPress.com weblog

Posts Tagged ‘toxic lakes’

Greenpeace’s Hidden Agenda – They want to save the environment

Posted by mhudema on June 27, 2008

Fri, June 27, 2008
Stelmach complains of environmentalist ‘hidden agenda’

Says some are targeting the provincial economy

By JEREMY LOOME, LEGISLATURE BUREAU

checkCookie();

Premier Ed Stelmach launched into a scathing attack against Alberta’s environmental critics today, saying some may have ulterior motives to attack the provincial economy.

His opponents on the issue immediately responded that Stelmach was fear mongering.

The suggestion came at a news conference to kick off Stelmach’s trip to the Western Governors’ Association annual meeting in Jackson Wyoming this Sunday, at which he’ll pitch Alberta’s environmental plan.

Asked for his view of Federal Liberal Leader Stephane Dion’s “green shift” carbon tax, Stelmach said Dion’s notion that Alberta and Saskatchewan contribute 40% of Canada’s greenhouse gases and should pay more are ridiculous and based on outlandish statistics.

He also lashed out at a Greenpeace spoof of the Travel Alberta website, called Travellingalberta.com, which uses images of environmental degradation by industry to criticize his government’s direction, calling it disgusting.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Greenpeace mocks province on travel website

Posted by mhudema on June 27, 2008

By MICHELLE THOMPSON, Sun Media

Greenpeace has launched a scathing travel website vilifying the province for new “tourist attractions” created by tarsands.

Toxic lakes, cleared forests and black sand beaches are among the sites visitors can expect to find in Wild Rose Country, charges TravellingAlberta.com, which went live today.

The site – which includes facetious weather info and vacation ideas – was meant as a light-hearted attempt at publicizing environmental damage caused by industry, said a Greenpeace leader.

“It’s sort of a tongue-and-cheek way of getting the information out there,” said Mike Hudema, a tarsands campaigner.

But the reality of the issue is no joke, he said, citing streams and forests destructed by Alberta’s oilsands.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Greenpeace Tempts Visitors to Toxic Sites

Posted by mhudema on June 26, 2008

Oilsands vacation site tempts visitors with ‘toxic lakes’

Alberta tourism minister disappointed with how province is represented

Last Updated: Thursday, June 26, 2008 | 6:42 PM ET Comments0Recommend27

The Greenpeace website has an address that's similar to Alberta's official tourism page.The Greenpeace website has an address that’s similar to Alberta’s official tourism page. Greenpeace has launched a tongue-in-cheek website touting the tourism potential of the Alberta oilsands.

The site, which has an address similar to Alberta’s official tourism page, is the conservation group’s response to the province’s $25-million campaign to improve the environmental image of Alberta’s energy industry.

The Greenpeace-produced site promises visitors “beautiful black sand beaches [that] stretch for miles,” toxic lakes and clearcut forests.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Tar Sands Vacation

Posted by mhudema on June 26, 2008

Oil sands: Canada’s next vacation wonderland?

Thu Jun 26, 2008 5:37pm EDT

By Jeffrey Jones

CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) – If it’s sand you crave on your vacation, then Greenpeace might have just the travel idea for you.

But you could have some hefty cleaning bills by the time you get home.

In an increasingly heated debate over the ecological impact of Canadian oil sands production, the environmental group has launched a tongue-in-cheek website promoting the huge northern Alberta energy projects as vacation destinations.

Using Alberta’s logo, the site, www.travellingalberta.com, invites tourists to laze on black-sand beaches surrounding tailings ponds, hang-glide on “the unique coal bed methane and sour gas updrafts,” then ride on one of the gargantuan dump trucks that trundle around the oil sands mines.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Take a Toxic Tour

Posted by mhudema on June 26, 2008

Greenpeace Offers Mock Oilsands Tour
CHQR Newsroom
6/26/2008

Greenpeace is stepping up the pressure on the environmental record of Alberta’s oilsands with a tongue-in-cheek new website that offers mock tours of the province’s industrial northeast.
The site (travellingalberta.com), with an address similar to the province’s official tourism web page, tempts travellers with black sand beaches, toxic lakes and clearcut forests.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Tar Sands Destruction Set to Grow

Posted by mhudema on June 19, 2008

Alberta Tar Sands to Increase Output 250% Over Next 10 Years

by Michael Graham Richard, Gatineau, Canada on 06.18.08
Science & Technology (alternative energy)

addthis_pub = ‘treehugger’;
addthis_logo = ‘http://www.treehugger.com/images_site/nav-images/favicon.ico’;
addthis_logo_background = ‘EFEFFF’;
addthis_logo_color = ‘666699’;
addthis_brand = ‘TreeHugger.com’;
addthis_options = ‘digg, email, reddit, delicious, stumbleupon, technorati’;

Alberta Canada Tar Sands chart image

Alberta Tar Sands
Not all barrels of oil are created equal. Some take more energy and more water to get out of the ground than others, and tar sands, aka bituminous sands or extra heavy oil, are at the “extra dirty” end of the spectrum. So it’s not exactly good news for the environment to learn that a significant portion of the strong demand for oil in the next 10 years will be met by hydrocarbons from Alberta.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Natural Resources Defense Council to Oil Companies: Stop Tar Sands Fuel

Posted by mhudema on June 17, 2008

Recently, 500 ducks mistook a lake of toxic tar sands waste in Alberta for one of the many pristine waters in Canada’s Boreal forests. Once coated with the oily residue, the ducks couldn’t fly away and they all died. Many had flown from the United States on their way to have their young in the Boreal. The deceptive waters of the enormous waste lagoons were likely too attractive for them on their long trek north. Tar sands oil is just as deceptive as a solution to our energy needs.

The death of 500 ducks was one more warning about harm caused by mining and drilling Canada’s Boreal forests for the tar sands oil that lies deep under the surface. Beneath the carpet of blue waters and green forests of the Province of Alberta, the tar sands are sand mixed with a sticky substance called bitumen. This bitumen – after using lots of energy and water – can be turned into synthetic crude oil, and from there into fuel for our cars, trucks and airplanes.

In addition to the problems of torn up forests and toxic lagoons, the process for making the synthetic crude produces three times the greenhouse gases per barrel as conventional oil production.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »