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Yet Another Tar Sands Pipeline Project Faces Public Resistance in Canada – December 2, 2014

Citizen action against the Trans Mountain project underscores growing public mistrust of the federal government

Canadian environmentalists’ and activists’ attention over the past two weeks has been directed at the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project after more than 100 people were arrested at a protest that flared up in the Vancouver suburb of Burnaby as Kinder Morgan commenced survey work on the project.

Rally against Kinder Morgan oil pipeline on Burnaby MountainPhoto by Mark KlotzA lot of Canadians have lost faith in federal government's pipeline approval process.

The expansion project is one of four massive pipeline projects currently being considered for approval, in addition to Keystone XL, Energy East, and Northern Gateway that would each move nearly a… more

by: Ron Johnson

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TransCanada’s Energy East Pipeline Faces Stiff Opposition at Home – November 25, 2014

With public protests on the rise, Ontario and Quebec to work together to ensure climate change is addressed before project is approved

Although most of the news involving oil pipelines in Canada is focused on the recent protests and arrests in British Columbia, and the ongoing battle over the Keystone XL pipeline, there is a growing movement in Eastern Canada centered on the province of Quebec opposing another massive project — the Energy East Pipeline.

pipeline protest in CanadaPhoto by Mark KlotzCanadia is witnessing increasing public opposition to tar sands oil extraction and transport from the Athabasca Basin.The Energy East pipeline is seen by some as an alternative to Keystone XL.

TransCanada Corporation’s $10.64 billion pipeline project, the largest tar sands pipeline proposed yet,… more

by: Ron Johnson

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Yukon Government Opens Vast Peel River Watershed to Mining – February 5, 2014

First Nations and conservation groups sue administration claiming violation of land treaty

The Peel River Watershed is a vast and undisturbed wilderness area in the northern Yukon Territory of Canada spread over a whopping 26,000 square miles — larger than the state of West Virginia. It is the northern tip of a major wildlife corridor stretching from Yellowstone to Yukon and is home to several rare and threatened species such as the grizzly bear, wolverine, and woodland caribou. This pristine, largely unroaded region, that includes some of Canada’s largest glaciers, boreal forests, wetlands,  and wide expanses of tundra, is now under threat.

Hart River CanyonPhoto by Juri Peepre/Protect PeelThe watershed includes some of Canada’s largest… more

by: Ron Johnson

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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.

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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.

photoname Photo courtesy Environmental Defence CanadaThe review panel found that the 750 mile pipeline project would have "significant local,
regional, and national economic and social benefits."

On Thursday, Dec. 18, the Joint Review Panel set up by the Canadian government’s National Energy Board (NEB) released its recommendation for the project after an exhaustive process that… more

by: Ron Johnson

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