Forests and Climate Change

Sierra Club Prairie Chapter statement on Syncrude and more dead ducks

"With even more dead ducks just days after Syncrude was given a slap on the wrist with a petty $3 million fine that they can recover in less than half a day's net profit, it is glaringly obvious that the 170 square kilometers of toxic tailing lakes need to be cleaned up and phased out with a moratorium put in place. The governments of Alberta and Canada need to grow a conscience and be held accountable for protecting the public image of the tar sands industry by failing to enforce weak environmental regulations and continuing to maintain a 100% approval rating and promoting tar sands development. The devastation to the Mackenzie and Athabasca River Delta, the poisoning of Indigenous and downstream communities, and the continuous deaths and contamination of birds and wildlife in the region constitute an ongoing injustice. Denying the Total Joslyn North Mine Project would be the first step of such accountability.... Read more »

Stop the Enbridge Gateway Pipeline, Tanker Traffic & All Tar Sands Expansions to B.C.'s Northwest Coast!

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:... Read more »

U.S. set to approve Keystone XL pipeline

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has sent the first signals to Alberta's oil sands producers that the Obama administration is set to green-light a pipeline delivering more of its crude, saying that Canada's “dirty oil” is a better alternative for the United States than the Persian Gulf's.

In remarks that went largely unnoticed until Wednesday, the U.S. secretary of state told the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco late last week that TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL pipeline will likely be approved by the U.S. State Department.

The proposal for the pipeline is currently being reviewed by the State Department following cajoling by Democratic legislators, environmentalists and the Environmental Protection Agency in the aftermath of the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster earlier this year.... Read more »

New report calls on government to better manage Alberta oilsands impact

EDMONTON — Three Canadian environmental groups released a report Wednesday calling on the federal government to fulfil its regulatory duties in managing the impacts of oilsands development.

“Canada has no choice other than to address the growing impacts of the oilsands industry,” says the report, called Duty Calls: Federal Responsibility in Canada’s Oilsands. “Pollution from the industry is rising, the landscape is being damaged by unfettered development and there are plans to double production over the next few years, which will only increase the damage.”... Read more »


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