Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy

Rail safety in B.C. questioned following Quebec tragedy

Following a massive, deadly fire sparked by the derailment of a train in Quebec, questions are being asked about the safety of hazardous goods rail networks in British Columbia.

Early Saturday morning, a parked train carrying crude oil rolled away and crashed, sparking multiple explosions and a major fire in the community of Lac-Mégantic. Thirteen people have been confirmed dead and around 50 remain missing as of Monday.

The incident has shone the spotlight on the contentious political debate over oil transportation and Canada's rapidly expanding oil-by-rail industry.... Read more »

SCO's Christine Elwell receives the International - Raymond J. Sherwin Award!

Christine Elwell, a member of Sierra Club Ontario's Executive Committee and a longtime volunteer with Sierra Club has been awarded the International - Raymond J. Sherwin Award. This award "honors extraordinary volunteer service toward international conservation."

Ms. Elwell has been an active international and local volunteer for the Club since 2005 starting out with the Great Lakes and moving on to the United States-Canada International Committee and now the International Team.... Read more »

Future of Pickering nuclear plant a hot topic in Durham Region

 

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PICKERING - Those who run Canada’s oldest operating nuclear power plant are seeking to keep it running at least another five years.

But some residents who live within a few kilometres of the Pickering Nuclear Generating Plant are not keen on the idea.

When Michelle Simeunovich first moved to her home, she didn’t think much about the power plant on the other side of Frenchman’s Bay.

Japan’s latest nuclear accident — the 2011 Fukushima disaster — changed that for her.

“Would I buy a home this close to a nuclear plant, knowing what I do now? No,” Simeunovich said.

She says she is concerned about living under the shadow of an aging nuclear station.... Read more »

Pickering nuclear seeks to renew its licence

Ontario’s oldest nuclear plant pleads its case this week for a few more years of active life.

But nuclear skeptics say it’s time to bring down the axe on the Pickering nuclear station.

It’s an old debate that pits hardened nuclear campaigners such as Greenpeace against low-profile supporters such as the Pickering Soccer Club.

It comes to a head because the Pickering station’s operating license runs out this year. But Ontario Power Generation, which owns and operates the plant, wants to keep the station running until about 2020.

The company wants to continue the operation without doing an environmental impact assessment, and without performing a major overhaul of the aging station.... Read more »

            

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