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Recent Additions and Tar Sands News 09.01.2009

Posted by poligraf in News, Site Updates, tar sands.
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Here are the recent additions to the Submission Drop :

  • Jens Mügge has added another sound meditation entitled “Finale”
  • Jens has also added the note “Reading what Greenpeace Canada writes”
  • Michiel Waterman‘s video “Climate Change the Netherlands” has been embedded
  • Michiel has also suggested “The Story of Stuff” which, while not directly related to the tar sands cause, seems very relevant to me in terms of highlighting our increasing needs for energy and questioning their pertinence
  • I have added Macdonald Stainsby’s video “Tar Sands & Water: Fort MacKay and Fort Chipewyan” video. Macdonald is the coordinator of oilsandstruth.org.

And quite a few interesting developments in the news over the last few days :

  • Oilsands companies have PR problem: survey :

    Oilsands producers have received the word from the public — half don’t believe what they are being told.


    The poll, conducted by academic researchers in June, did in-depth questioning of 425 people in each of the cities. It found 46 per cent believe the oilsands companies have not done a good job of balancing the environment and the economy, a balance that 71 per cent think is possible to achieve. Concerns about fresh water topped the list of environmental problems cited.


    The poll found 50 per cent of respondents do not believe what oil and gas executives say in the media, and 44 per cent do not believe information supplied by the industry.

  • NRDC President Statement on President-Elect Obama’s Economic Recovery Plan :

    Today President-elect Obama unveiled his economic recovery plan. Frances Beinecke, President of the Natural Resources Defense Council, released the following statement:

    “President-elect Obama’s proposal to repower America with renewable energy and make the nation more efficient will jump-start our economic recovery, create new jobs and cut global warming pollution.


    We are all ready to work with President-elect Obama to create a new energy economy that will provide a lasting recovery for our nation’s economy and a clean energy future.”

  • Syncrude facing private prosecution over dead ducks :

    An Alberta resident launched a private prosecution against one of the country’s largest oils-sands’ operators, alleging that it was responsible for killing 500 ducks at its northern Alberta facility last spring.

    Jeh Custer, a member of the Sierra Club Canada, commenced legal action in Edmonton Wednesday against Syncrude Canada Ltd. He said that if nothing was done, such practices by oil companies would continue without consequences.

  • Oil price slump undermines controversial tar sand projects :

    With the price of a barrel of oil dropping from almost $150 ( £103 ) last summer to around $41 ( £28 ) a barrel yesterday, many of the oil giants are having second thoughts about multibillion-dollar investment programmes designed to extract oil from tar-soaked sands or shale deposits in North America.

    According to a study undertaken by The Times, over $60bn worth of projects have been delayed in the past three months alone, while a number of planned projects have been shelved indefinitely.

  • Enbridge cleaning up spill at oil sands terminal :

    Enbridge Inc, Canada’s No. 2 pipeline firm, said a malfunctioning valve at an oil storage facility in the oil sands region of northern Alberta this week spewed out 4,000 barrels of oil, but the spill was mostly contained on the grounds of its tank farm.

  • OPEC’s future blowin’ in the wind :

    For the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, clean and (sometimes) quiet renewable power – not the sludge that comes out of the Alberta oil sands – is the biggest threat to the 48-year-old oil cartel’s prosperity in 2009.

    Over the next 20 years or so, wind power, hydroelectricity and more exotic renewable forms of power will be the fastest growing source of new global energy, according to the United States Energy Information Agency.



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