Forests and Climate Change
Stop the Enbridge Gateway Pipeline, Tanker Traffic & All Tar Sands Expansions to B.C.'s Northwest Coast!Submitted by Dustin Johnson on Thu, 2010-10-21 18:08
The Enbridge Gateway Pipeline project is the leading and largest Alberta Tar Sands twin pipeline proposed for expansion to the B.C. northwest coast. There are currently 5 pipelines, new and expansions, proposed across Northern B.C. potentially transporting up to a gradual increase of a 700,000 barrels of oil per day. The Enbridge Gateway Pipeline project in particular will travel across approximately 1,000 pristine streams, rivers, lakes, and natural wild salmon spawning grounds, a total one-way distance of 1,170 kilometers. The diversity and sensitivity of the wildlife is far more important then transporting heavy toxic crude and volatile condensate across the region. In addition to the shortcomings of this overall project, there are a very limited number of sustainable jobs available to local people who live in the region.
The current projects being proposed are:... Read more »
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has sent the first signals to Alberta's oil sands producers that the Obama administration is set to green-light a pipeline delivering more of its crude, saying that Canada's “dirty oil” is a better alternative for the United States than the Persian Gulf's.
In remarks that went largely unnoticed until Wednesday, the U.S. secretary of state told the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco late last week that TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL pipeline will likely be approved by the U.S. State Department.
The proposal for the pipeline is currently being reviewed by the State Department following cajoling by Democratic legislators, environmentalists and the Environmental Protection Agency in the aftermath of the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster earlier this year.... Read more »
EDMONTON — Three Canadian environmental groups released a report Wednesday calling on the federal government to fulfil its regulatory duties in managing the impacts of oilsands development.
“Canada has no choice other than to address the growing impacts of the oilsands industry,” says the report, called Duty Calls: Federal Responsibility in Canada’s Oilsands. “Pollution from the industry is rising, the landscape is being damaged by unfettered development and there are plans to double production over the next few years, which will only increase the damage.”... Read more »
James Hansen is a physicist and head of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space
Studies in New York. He is also a well known climate change expert and activist. Earlier this month he travelled to Alberta to address a public hearing into Total's plans to expand its Joslyn oilsand mine.
Here is an edited version of media interviews with Hansen.
Question: Why are you in Ft. Saskatchewan at the Total hearing, making your first appearance in front of Alberta's Energy Resources Conservation Board?
Answer: Because coal and unconventional fossil fuel are the key to limiting climate change in the future. They only make sense to develop to a small number of companies and stockholders. For the overall public, especially for young people, they are a very bad bargain because they increase C02 emissions.
Q: Why should we halt all oilsands' expansion plans?... Read more »
Joint Review Panel holds strong against Government attempts to undermine sustainability for the Mackenzie Gas Project
Edmonton, Alberta– The Joint Review Panel has responded with strong words to the federal and NWT governments' proposed rejection or modification of many of the JRP's key recommendations for the Mackenzie Gas Project. Yesterday the JRP reiterated the necessity of their recommendations being implemented if the project is to contribute to sustainability and to avoid significant adverse impacts.
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