Feds must take action to ensure safer oil-by-rail facilities

Community groups call on federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change to require environmental assessments of oil-by-rail terminals.


Declared to be the largest peaceful
disobedience ever in Canada! Over 80 influential leaders from the business, First Nations, environmental, labour, academic, medical and artistic communities across Canada today announced an upcoming mass sit-in in front of the provincial legislature in Victoria, British Columbia on October 22. The sit-in will oppose tar sands pipelines and tankers and the threats they would pose to the west coast.

Canadians for the Great Bear

Canadian hockey hero Scott Niedermayer and other well-known British Columbians kick-off of a nation-wide campaign, Canadians for the Great Bear.

Conference: Petrocultures: Oil, Energy, Culture

Conference: Petrocultures: Oil, Energy, Culture September 6-8, 2012 / Campus Saint-Jean, University of Alberta Keynote Speakers: Ursula Biemann, (video artist, Switzerland) Warren Cariou, (University of Manitoba) Allan Stoekl, (Penn State University) Petrocultures will bring together scholars, writers, filmmakers and artists from around the world who are engaged in an exploration of the social and cultural […]

Groups call for removal of Bruce Carson from Tar Sands panel

Edmonton – Following the launch of an RCMP investigation into Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s former senior policy advisor Bruce Carson, Alberta environmental and Indigenous groups are calling for the immediate and permanent removal of Carson from the provincial tar sands water monitoring panel.

Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent

Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent
Andrew Nikiforuk
Vancouver: Greystone Books, 2008, 208 pages.

It’s no secret that Stephen Harper’s Conservatives have designed their environmental policy to fit a full-speed-ahead exploitation of Alberta’s tar sands. It’s important, therefore, to have an understanding of the industry’s environmental impact. Andrew Nikiforuk’s award-winning Tar Sands offers precisely that.

First, “oil sands” is a misnomer. The resource is actually a mixture of sand and clay that contains a small percentage of bitumen – a sticky concoction of hydrocarbons that also contains sulfur, nitrogen and heavy metals. Energy companies scour vast reaches of the … [Click here to read more!]

Pembina Reacts: Shell Press Release Misleading

September 15, 2009 — Dan Woynillowicz, spokesperson for the Pembina Institute, made the following statements in response to Shell’s media release regarding the occupation of its oil sands mine by Greenpeace activists: “Shell’s release makes a misleading statement regarding the Pembina Institute’s ranking of its environmental performance. The Pembina Institute/WWF’s 2008 report card on the…

Welcome Vision for Provincial Oil Sands Strategy

Sierra Club of Canada welcomes the report released today from the Alberta Government convened multi-stakeholder committee on a vision for oil sands development in the province. Read full media release…