Alberta Tar Sands Pipelines
OTTAWA — Artists from Manitoba and Saskatchewan want the National Arts Centre to reconsider Enbridge’s sponsorship of an upcoming festival meant to showcase art and music from the Prairies.
Prairie Artists Against Enbridge sent an e-mail this week to the NAC protesting the company’s role as a major partner of Prairie Scene.
The festival will bring 500 artists from Manitoba and Saskatchewan, representing all disciplines, to the capital for 80 events to be held over two weeks in April and May. Since 2005, the biennial Scene events have showcased emerging and established artists from different provinces or regions.... Read more »
A regulatory panel has conditionally approved Total E&P Canada's proposed Joslyn North oilsands mine, a project that has drawn the ire of environmentalists.
The Joint Review Panel's approval comes with 20 conditions related to the environmental and technical aspects of the project, many of which are directed at the provincial and federal governments and at Alberta's Energy Resources Conservation Board.
In a release Thursday, the panel said the project would have "no significant adverse effect" on wildlife and water quality and would meet targets on reducing waste, known as tailings, from the oilsands extraction process.
"Accordingly, the panel finds that the project is in the public interest."
The proposed mine is about 70 kilometres north of Fort McMurray, Alta., and operations are set to start in 2017.... Read more »
Media Advisory: Green groups to give Alberta Government ‘World Class’ Award
Thursday, January 27th, 2011 (Edmonton) - Environmental groups will give Stelmach a ‘World Class’ award tomorrow. The award delivery will come just a day after the Provincial and Federal government approved a new open pit tar sands mine, a move that environmental groups claim shows just how hollow government claims to improve the broken regulatory and monitoring process really are. The approval of the mine came only minutes after the announcement of a provincial committee to provide recommendations for a ‘world class’ monitoring system in the tar sands region. The committee has been criticized for the heavy influence of representatives from big oil companies. The award will be presented to the Premier on the front steps of the legislature tomorrow.
... Read more »
There is little question that America remains addicted to oil just as we were five years ago when then President George W. Bush famously included that statement in his 2006 State of the Union address. While this chart shows the temporary drop in oil imports largely attributable to the recession, America still continues to import an unbelievable 11,000,000 barrels of oil per day.... Read more »
Politicians are known the world over for talking out of both sides of their mouths. They often make grand proclamations to win votes, to silence criticism, to placate opposition. Lately in the face of serious criticism from scientists, the federal government has tried to appear tough on the oilsands. But Canadians have yet to see action. The pending decision on whether or not to approve a new open-pit oilsands mine in Alberta provides Canadians with a real-time truth test of government promises.... Read more »