Impact of Last Year’s Rouge Ocean Fertilization Experiment Still Unclear – December 31, 2013
Abundant fall salmon runs in the Pacific Northwest is helping research group’s uphill battle to regain legitimacy
Last year, the Haida Salmon Restoration Corporation (HSRC), a Canadian scientific research group, dumped 100 tons of iron sulfate into the Pacific Ocean in a known salmon migration route in order to spawn a plankton bloom that would absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Scientists and environmentalists were shocked. Environment Canada investigated the legality of the experiment particularly with regard to potential violations to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity and the London Convention. And the media documented the whole sordid affair. It was a mess. But a year later, it’s still not clear whether the experiment did harm or good.
by: Ron Johnson
Canadian Review Panel Approves Northern Gateway Pipeline – December 23, 2013
Environmentalists, First Nations vow to keep fight against controversial pipeline going
For years, a battle has raged over the proposed $6 billion Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline that would see 525,000 barrels of Alberta Tar Sands bitumen transported nearly 750 miles to Kitimat, British Columbia where it would be loaded on supertankers and on to markets in Asia.
Photo courtesy Environmental Defence Canada
by: Ron Johnson
Canada Mulls Shipping Huge Amounts of Tar Sands Oil via Rail – October 3, 2013
Proposal prompted by China's request for alternatives in the face of rising opposition to Keystone XL and Northern Gateway pipelines
There’s yet another sign that Canadian pipeline transport company Enbridge's plan for the Northern Gateway pipeline, that would move heavy crude from Alberta’s tar sands mines to a marine shipping terminal in British Columbia, is dead in the water. A recent report by Greenpeace has revealed that the Canadian government and the privately-owned, CN Rail, are looking into the possibility of transporting tar sands bitumen from Alberta to the Canadian west coast, via rail, from where it could be shipped to markets across the Pacific Ocean.
Photo by Steven Tomsic