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Yukon Government Opens Vast Peel River Watershed to Mining

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…
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by: Ron Johnson – February 5, 2014

Impact of Last Year’s Rouge Ocean Fertilization Experiment Still Unclear

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…
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by: Ron Johnson – December 31, 2013

Canadian Review Panel Approves Northern Gateway Pipeline

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…
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by: Ron Johnson – December 23, 2013

Canada Mulls Shipping Huge Amounts of Tar Sands Oil via Rail

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…
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by: Ron Johnson – October 3, 2013

Green Group Sues Canadian Govt for Restricting Public Input on Energy Projects

ForestEthics Advocacy says the Harper administration is trying to limit debate on key projects designed to expand tar sands oil extraction

Frustrated by what they say is the Stephen Harper government's blatant attempt to limit debate on key energy projects designed to expand production of the Alberta tar sands, environmental organization ForestEthics Advocacy is suing the Canadian federal government. The group filed suit…
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by: Ron Johnson – August 14, 2013

Keystone XL Isn’t the Only Key

Canadian oil producers seeking to expand existing pipelines to get tar sands oil to the US market

The battle over TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline continues to rage as both sides dig into their strategic playbooks for the Hail Mary pass that might tip the contest in their favor. The stakes, of course, are high. The multi-billion dollar project would…
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by: Ron Johnson – June 7, 2013

Ocean Fertilization Could be a Boon to Fish Stocks

Geoengineering concerns surrounding British Columbia iron-dumping incident only part of the story

The ocean fertilization experiment that occurred this summer off the coast of British Columbia has generated intense controversy over the prospect of a rogue eco-vigilante engaging in geoengineering — that is, the manipulation of ecosystems to counteract the greenhouse effect. The experiment,…
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by: Ron Johnson – October 31, 2012

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