The Boreal Forest

Syncrude pays $3M penalty for duck deaths

Oilsands giant Syncrude Canada will pay a $3-million penalty because about 1,600 ducks died in one of its toxic tailings ponds.

Syncrude lawyers and federal and provincial prosecutors presented the deal Friday morning in provincial court in St. Albert, Alta., and Judge Ken Tjosvold accepted it.

Syncrude lawyer Jack Marshall told the court that the company apologizes for the incident and recognizes it must do much better when it comes to protecting wildlife.

Syncrude was fined the maximum under the applicable federal and provincial laws: $300,000 for the federal charge and $500,000 for the provincial charge.

A research project into bird migration and the effectiveness of bird deterrents at the University of Alberta will also receive $1.3 million. Other beneficiaries include the environmental program at Keyano College in Fort McMurray, which will receive $250,000, and the Alberta Conservation Association, which will receive $900,000.... Read more »

Environmentalists unhappy Clinton favours pipeline

EDMONTON — Environmentalists are dismayed by recent statements made by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in which she said her department is inclined to approve TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline to carry oilsands crude.

“I’m disappointed that Secretary Clinton favours approving this pipeline,” said Alex Moore, with Friends of the Earth in Washington, D.C. “It will put Americans in danger. And this is even before staff is finished analyzing impacts of the pipeline.”... 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 »


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