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Huge Ponds Hold Tar Sands Sludge, And Great Risks

August 28, 2014 by Danielle Droitsch

Tar Sands Sludge Pools

On August 4, 2014, the catastrophic failure of a mining company's dam in British Columbia, Canada, released over two-and-a-half billion gallons of contaminated water and liquids from a containment pond into the upper Faser River watershed.[read more]

New Brunswick Begins Ingenious Fracking Research

August 26, 2014 by Jessica Kennedy

New Study on Fracking and Water

 

In a brilliant initiative that I wish was implemented sooner, New Brunswick is going to investigate water quality in locations where hydraulic fracturing (fracking) operations to extract oil and natural gas from shale are likely to happen – before they happen.[read more]

Canadians Deserve Honest Climate Talk

August 11, 2014 by Mark Jaccard

In 2007, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government asked me and four other economists if we agreed with its study showing huge costs for Canada to meet its Kyoto commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2010. We all publicly agreed.[read more]

Is B.C.'s LNG Another Pipe Dream?

August 6, 2014 by Mark Jaccard

During B.C.’s 2013 election campaign, at a conference, I spoke about how one of our politicians was promising huge benefits during the next decades from B.C. liquefied natural gas exports to eastern Asia. These benefits included lower income taxes, zero provincial debt, and a wealth fund for future generations.[read more]

Satellite Images Show Tar Sands Extraction Obliterating Boreal Forest

July 16, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Environmental Risk and Fuel Extraction

The Global Forest Watch program of the World Resources Institute and Global Forest Watch Canada released maps of forest loss in the tar sands region of Alberta, in the heart of Canada’s Boreal forest. These maps make very clear how prevalent the forest loss is in and around the tar sands operations.[read more]

Greenpeace v. Canada: Symbolic Blow to the Nuclear Industry, Game-Changer for Everyone Else?

June 18, 2014 by Martin Olszynski
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In a rather lengthy (431 paragraphs) decision, the Federal Court of Canada agreed with Greenpeace and other environmental groups that portions of the Joint Review Panel report for the Darlington New Nuclear project proposed by Ontario Power Generation were inadequate.[read more]

How Canada's Incoherence on Climate is Killing Keystone

April 29, 2014 by Andrew Leach
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Canada Keystone Incoherence

There’s no shortage of blame being passed around in the wake of another delay in the U.S. regulatory approval process with respect to TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline which, it was announced last Friday, will now drag on for at least another six months.[read more]

Strong Commodities + Weak Dollar = Canadian Energy Investing Bonanza: Interview with Chad Ellison

March 21, 2014 by Jim Patrick

Chad Ellison joined Dundee Capital Markets as an energy analyst in November 2012. He was with Canaccord Genuity's research team with a focus on Canadian companies. Ellison gained experience providing financing for E&P and oilfield service companies with GE's financial services arm.[read more]

Approval of Line 9B Puts Canadian Communities at Risk While Bringing Tar Sands Oil to New England's Doorstep

March 8, 2014 by Danielle Droitsch

Pipeline Construction

Canada’s energy and pipeline regulator, the National Energy Board, approved a pipeline project to transport tar sands eastward from Ontario to terminals just outside Montreal. This decision is a slap in the face to communities along the pipeline’s route who will bear the brunt of the risks pipelines create.[read more]

At Mexican Summit, President Ties Keystone XL Pipeline to Climate Concerns

February 22, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Keystone and Climate Concerns

The president met with the prime minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, and president of Mexico, Enrique Pena Nieto, at the “Three Amigos Summit”. But not all the conversation between the president and prime minister focused on which women’s Olympic ice hockey team would win today.[read more]

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Why Keystone XL is a Fight Worth Fighting

February 8, 2014 by Daniel Kessler
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The numbers in Robert Rapier’s recent Keystone XL post are spot on. It’s true that the 170 billion barrels found in the Athabasca tar sands reserve alone won’t cook the planet, just as it’s true that one Big Mac won’t make you fat and one cigarette won’t give you cancer.[read more]

Canada: From Energy Supplier to Competitor?

January 14, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles
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In remarks last month the Canadian Natural Resources Minister, Joe Oliver, suggested that with the continued growth of unconventional oil production in the US, "Our only customer will become a competitor." Let's take a look at the kind of competition he might have had in mind.[read more]

Oil Sands and the Environment: Part II

November 25, 2013 by Robert Rapier

Oil Sands and the Environment

There are two primary ways of extracting bitumen from the oil sands. In situ production involves injecting steam into the ground to heat up the bitumen which is then pumped out of the ground. Surface mining is done when the resource is fairly close to the surface.[read more]

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Can Canada Achieve Emission Reduction Targets By Incentivizing Electric Car Adoption?

November 15, 2013 by Anand Srinivasan
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EV Incentives and Canada

Canada is among the world's biggest emitters of greenhouse gases. The country is also seeing terrific growth in the sale of fuel driven cars. Can the country meet its Copenhagen Accord target to reduce emissions by 17% by 2020?[read more]

Oil Sands and the Environment: Part 1

November 12, 2013 by Robert Rapier
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Oil Sands and the Environment

I spent the past week in the heart of the Athabasca oil sands in Fort McMurray, Alberta. I was there as a guest of the Canadian government, which hosts annual tours for small groups of journalists and energy analysts. I asked a lot of questions.[read more]