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Tar Sands In The News 27.01.2009

Posted by poligraf in News, tar sands.
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Many interesting developments since the last round-up of tar sands related news stories. In fact, too many for a single blog post, so here’s a first batch :

  • Youth protest against the tar sands in Fort Chipewyan :

    The march was organized by 10 year old Robyn Courtoreille, who got other youth involved in the protest.

    “Syncrude and Suncor have been poisioning our water, air, so we protested to let them know we want a future not cancer,” said Dailen Powder, 12, after the protest.

    “I was protesting because I dont want anymore deformed two jawed fish in our lake,” said Cherish Kaskamin, 11.

  • Environment Canada says tar sands pollution will get worse :

    The Toronto Star has obtained documents from Environment Canada that say pollution will continue to plague Alberta’s oil sands despite plans to pipe harmful greenhouse gases deep underground.

    Part of the task of cleaning up the oil sands involves capturing carbon dioxide emissions and storing them in geological reservoirs in western Canada. But Environment Canada says carbon dioxide isn’t the only hazard, adding that chemicals linked to acid rain, respiratory problems and ozone depletion could pose serious problems over the next decade.

    Plans to triple oil sands production by 2017 could see those harmful chemicals escaping into the atmosphere at an even faster rate. That could offset the benefits of carbon dioxide storage, which is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 80 per cent over the next eight years.

    Environment Canada also says the carbon storage technology creates emissions of its own, offsetting the effects of the gas it has captured.

  • Oilsands told to slow the flow from the Athabasca :

    Four oilsands giants have been ordered to slow the flow from a northern Alberta river.

    Canadian Natural Resources, Suncor Energy, Syncrude Canada and Shell’s Albian Sands have been told to reduce the amount of water they draw for their operations from the Athabasca River.

    Alberta Environment says water flow levels in the river have dropped into the “yellow” warning zone and withdrawals may increase stress on the ecosystem.

    Environmental, conservation and aboriginal groups have been critical of the amount of water that oilsands projects use.

  • Suncor shelves expansion amid first loss in 16 years :

    Suncor Energy Inc. is “downing tools” on the $20.6-billion Voyageur expansion underway at its northern Alberta oilsands operations as it reports its first quarterly loss in 16 years, blamed on falling commodity prices, production setbacks and higher costs.


    Oilsands projects in Alberta that have been put on hold recently include Connacher Oil and Gas Ltd.’s $345-million Alger project, StatoilHydro’s multibillion-dollar oilsands upgrader, Royal Dutch Shell’s Carmon Creek thermal oilsands project and its proposed second oilsands mining expansion, and Petro-Canada’s $21-billion integrated Fort Hills oilsands project.

  • Canada: Environmentalists hail shelving of Enbridge “Trailbreaker” project :

    Environmental groups are hailing celebrating a decision by oil and gas giant Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB) to shelve its $346-million “Trailbreaker” pipeline expansion.

    They say the pipeline would have increased dependence on oil from the tar sands, which they describe as the “most destructive project on earth.”

    The group of assorted environmental activists says in a statement the decision gives central Canadian provinces time to pursue alternative energy strategies that are less reliant on oil.


    “This is a great opportunity,” said Steven Guilbeault, deputy executive director of of the group Equiterre. “Ontario and Quebec spend tens of billions of dollars each year to secure a piece of the increasingly unstable supply of an energy commodity whose long-term price projection is skyrocketing.

    “We must start making the transition away from fossil fuels and pursue aggressive energy security policies that are both sustainable, make sense economically, create green jobs at home while fighting climate change.”

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Stay tuned for more tar sands news…



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