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European Fuel Quality Directive: Despite Weakened Stance on Tar Sands, New Measures Take Important Step on Climate Policy

This blog was co-drafted with Josh Axelrod, NRDC policy and legal consultantIt is good news that Europe has published final measures - called the Fuel Quality Directive  (FQD) - that will require European...

Posted October 16, 2014    

Huge Ponds Hold Tar Sands Sludge, And Great Risks

On August 4, 2014, the catastrophic failure of a mining company's dam in British Columbia, Canada, released over 2.5 billion gallons of contaminated water from a containment pond into the upper Faser River watershed. Only a few hundred miles east in...

Posted August 28, 2014    

Declining Air Quality in the Tar Sands Region: Is the Government Responding?

A new report released by the Alberta government reveals a concerning trend with declining air quality as a result of tar sands operations.  While the report itself was just released, the air pollution information in the report is dated...

Posted August 17, 2014    

Canada Confirms its Ever-Weakening Climate Policy as the U.S. Announces Ambitious Plan to Cut Carbon Pollution

As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it would seek to reduce carbon pollution from power plants – a move that would put the U.S. on a trajectory to meeting its international climate obligations – Canada continued to move in the...

Posted June 12, 2014    

A Prudent Action on the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline: Waiting for a Legal Pipeline Route through Nebraska

The U.S. State Department has decided to extend the comment period  for the federal agencies who are weighing in on the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.  In their announcement, the State Department cited the fact there is no legal...

Posted April 24, 2014    

Mounting Evidence of Health Concerns Near Tar Sands Development

Two studies released in the past week have drawn attention to the linkage between tar sands development and significant health concerns.  The two reports both released by the Alberta government separately show that the incidence of cancer...

Posted April 5, 2014    

EPA Unlikely to Buy Argument that Keystone XL Will Not Worsen Climate Change: Agency Concerns Were Ignored

The lead U.S. environmental agency has for several years raised serious concerns about the climate, environmental, safety, and health impacts of the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.  Three different times, the U.S. EPA  has issued...

Posted March 15, 2014    

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

This blog was co-authored with Shelley Kath and additional help from Josh Axelrod.Recently, Canada’s energy and pipeline regulator, the National Energy Board (NEB), approved a local, pipeline project that would transport tar sands eastward, from...

Posted March 8, 2014    

Mounting Evidence that Tar Sands Activity is Causing Health Problems

U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer from California has connected the dots and is pointing to growing evidence that communities living near tar sands mining and drilling operations, pipelines, and refineries are showing serious health risks and problems....

Posted March 1, 2014    

Final Environmental Review for Keystone Pipeline Acknowledges Significant Climate Impact

The State Department has released its final environmental review acknowledging for the first time Keystone XL could accelerate climate change, adding the equivalent of 5.7 million new cars to the road.  There is already compelling evidence that...

Posted February 7, 2014    

New Poll on Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline Indicating Growing Opposition, Waning Support

A new poll released by USA Today, Stanford University, and Resources for the Future indicates that support for the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline may be waning while opposition is growing.The poll shows what we have seen happen around the...

Posted January 30, 2014    

New Documents Reveal Canada Not Serious on Addressing Tar Sands Emissions

Freedom of information documents reported by the CBC makes public that Canadian climate policies under consideration will still lead to significant increases in tar sands carbon pollution.  This comes days after the Canadian government released...

Posted November 9, 2013