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2012-08-25 23:24 | Climate Change, Alberta Tar Sands Pipelines, Energy Onslaught, Toxics, Government, Health & Environment
The federal government’s budget legislation has forced the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency to cancel nearly 3,000 screenings into potential environmental damage caused by proposed development projects across Canada, including hundreds involving a pipeline or fossil fuel energy, according to published records. more
2012-08-24 23:45 | Alberta Tar Sands Pipelines, Energy Onslaught, Government, Atmosphere & Energy, Health & Environment
Critics of Enbridge's proposed Northern Gateway pipeline from the Alberta oilsands to tankers on the British Columbia coast say there is no time for the science to be completed before a federal deadline for the environmental assessment currently underway. Documents filed with the National Energy Board show the environmental review panel studying the Northern Gateway project asked Fisheries and Oceans Canada for risk assessments for the bodies of water the proposed pipeline will cross....
2012-08-24 23:37 | Water, Energy Onslaught, Water Quality, Toxics, Health & Environment
When it comes to exposure to hazardous chemicals, children are not just little adults. “Children are more vulnerable to environmental hazards,” states the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit, a subcommittee of the American Pediatric Society. “They eat, drink and breathe more than adults on a pound for pound basis.”(1) This means children are proportionally more exposed to toxins in air, water and food. In areas of unconventional gas development, children are...
2012-08-23 23:56 | Wilderness and Species Conservation, Government, Protecting Biodiversity
Maybe we can call the latest political 'controversy' involving Stephen Harper ATV-gate. During their week-long visit to the north, Harper and his wife Laureen inadvertently rode into the middle of an ongoing debate about the use of all-terrain vehicles in the Yukon's delicate ecosystems. According to iPolitics, the Harpers' off-road adventure through sand dunes near Whitehorse on Monday has touched a nerve with local environmental activists, who have spent years trying to...
Why some scientists say there's not enough time to study the environmental risks of the Northern Gateway Pipeline Project2012-08-21 23:28 | Alberta Tar Sands Pipelines, Energy Onslaught
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2012-08-21 23:26 | Climate Change, Oceans
Arctic sea ice looks set to hit a record low by the end of the month, according to satellite data. more
2012-08-18 00:04 | Climate Change
Regina — Only two per cent of Canadians who responded to a new opinion poll believe climate change is not occurring. However, a majority believes natural climate variation is playing at least some role in the warming trend. The findings are in a survey conducted by Insightrix Research, Inc. for IPAC-CO2 Research Inc., a Regina-based centre that studies carbon capture and storage. more
2012-08-17 23:57 | Alberta Tar Sands Pipelines, Energy Onslaught
A scathing U.S. government report on the 2010 Enbridge oil spill in the Kalamazoo River, Mich., has yet to be entered as evidence into the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline hearings, a B.C. economist says. In an interview airing on CBC Radio's The House, independent economist Robyn Allan told guest host Louise Elliott that while the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) report was published in July, "Enbridge hasn't tabled any information, at all, about the spill....
2012-08-17 23:42 | Energy Onslaught
As the use of hydraulic fracturing has grown, so have concerns about its environmental and public health impacts. One concern is that hydraulic fracturing fluids used to fracture rock formations contain numerous chemicals that could harm human health and the environment, especially if they enter drinking water supplies. The opposition of many oil and gas companies to public disclosure of the chemicals they use has compounded this concern. ... The most widely used chemical in hydraulic...
2012-08-17 23:41 | Energy Onslaught, Government
OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper heads to the Far North next week, with his annual trek focusing on the Western Arctic and developing the region's natural resources. The five-day north of 60 trip gears up in Whitehorse Monday, with stops at copper and gold mine Minto Mine and Norman Wells, an oil drilling and exploration hub, in the Northwest Territories. The prime minister then heads to Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, where two years ago he announced a new $81 million high Arctic research...