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2010-10-21  |  Dustin Johnson

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:
    * Enbridge Gateway Project (2 pipelines, one condensate and one tar...

2010-10-21  |  Bryn M

In this two part video, award-winning journalist Christopher Bryson examines one of the great secret narratives of the industrial era; how a grim workplace poison and the most damaging environmental pollutant of the cold war was added to our drinking water and toothpaste.

 

 

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2010-10-19  |  Malaika Aleba

A couple of weeks ago I travelled to the tar sands with about forty students as part of the University of Alberta Oil Sands Delegation. We were presented with multiple views about the tar sands, and so we not only met with people from Greenpeace and Fort Chipewyan, but we also had a four-hour long meeting with Suncor representatives.

I am not a fan of the tar sands, but I still gave Suncor my full attention while they told us they too were concerned about the environment and played some videos from their media campaign. I’m sure you know about the media campaign I’m talking about. In magazines, their ads show good-looking, healthy Suncor employees sitting in lush forests. On the radio, seductive female voices reassure you that everything is alright – yes, there are those crazy rumours going around that the tar sands are bad for the environment, but that’s not the real story! Suncor is committed to a sustainable future!

The videos they...

2010-10-18  |  Bryn M

MEDIA RELEASE TORONTO, ONTARIO and CANMORE, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Oct. 18, 2010) - Environmental Groups are commending the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) for recognizing the need to establish clear cut offs for water withdrawals from the Lower Athabasca River when flows get too low in order to protect aquatic life.

DFO's recent report, Science Evaluation of Instream Flow Needs (IFN) for the Lower Athabasca River states, "a flow should be established for the Lower Athabasca River below which there would be no water withdrawal," and because there is a lot of scientific uncertainty around how much water is needed to protect the river, "this flow should be established using a...

2010-10-18  |  John Bennett

Last week I attended a workshop on hydro fracturing shale formations to release natural gas deposits. This is a relatively new method that has taken off like wildfire in the United States and Canada. It has come on so fast that it has caught most of us off guard.

The process involves drilling deep underground—down, then horizontally—and then pumping millions of gallons of water, sand, and chemicals into a well under tremendous pressure. This pressure fractures the gas bearing shale opening seams, for gas to flow into the well.

Northeast British Columbia (about 13 hours from Vancouver) was a remote area supporting loggers, farmers, and First Nations until a few years ago when fracturing came north.

Lonely rural roads have suddenly become truck-heavy highways as Encana and other companies move thousands of tonnes of equipment, and most concerning, millions of gallons of water.

Water drawn from lakes, rivers,...

 
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