Toxic Sludge

Green groups create huge visual to give Albertans a look at tailings cost of Total approval

Wednesday October 6th, 2010 (Edmonton)  - The steps of the Provincial legislature were transformed today in an attempt to give Albertans an idea of the amount of tailings, French tar sands giant Total, will create in Alberta if Total’s new mine site is approved. Representative from Greenpeace, the Rainforest Action Network and Sierra Club Prairie set-up 60, 200 litre rain barrels which is what Total will dump into Alberta’s eco-system every 30 seconds with this project.... Read more »

Eyes of the world are watching Alberta

The day Hollywood heavyweight James Cameron came to Alberta for his oilsands tour, members of the European Parliament also had Alberta's resource on their agenda.

MPs in Brussels were debating a motion to classify the oilsands as a high-emissions fuel in the EU's fuel quality directive that promotes use of greener energy.

Ten days earlier, a new photo exhibit, called Tarnished Earth, opened on the banks of the Thames in London, showing the massive open-pit mines, tailings ponds and effect on native lands.

This new anti-oilsands campaign is sponsored by The Cooperative, a U.K. group of businesses, including banks, pharmacies and grocery stories, that is committed to European goals of reducing carbon emissions, spokesman Colin Baines said.

They want to halt expansion of the oilsands and move into renewable energy as part of the solution to avoid runaway climate change, Baines said from Manchester.... Read more »

U.S. senators propose bill to open flow of oilsands

A pair of United States senators who recently visited Alberta are introducing legislation that would ensure U.S. government agencies can purchase fuel products made from the province's oilsands.

While still in its early stages, the arrival of the "Oil Sands Energy Security Act" should be seen as a vindication of Premier Ed Stelmach's strategy of promoting the oilsands message with key U.S. policy-makers, said Gary Mar, Alberta's top official at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C. "We shouldn't take too much away from this at this point . . . but the result is now we have a bill that gives us a strong indication people are understanding our message of what the oilsands are and what they are not," Mar said in a phone interview Friday.... Read more »

U.S. senators table pro-Alberta oilsands bill

EDMONTON — A pair of United States senators who recently visited Alberta are introducing legislation that would ensure U.S. government agencies can purchase fuel products made from the province's oilsands.

While still in its early stages, the arrival of the "Oilsands Energy Security Act" should be seen as a vindication of Premier Ed Stelmach's strategy of promoting the oilsands message with key U.S. policy-makers, said Gary Mar, Alberta's top official at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C.

"We shouldn't take too much away from this at this point ... but the result is, now we have a bill that gives us a strong indication people are understanding our message of what the oilsands are and what they are not," Mar said in a phone interview Friday.... Read more »

Greenpeace calls for postponing Total's tar sands proposal

Edmonton - Greenpeace is asking provincial and federal governments to postpone hearings on Total's proposed new tar sands mine. The move follows the announcement this week of a federal scientific panel to study the tar sands effects on water, and calls by First Nation leaders and Hollywood Director James Cameron for a moratorium.

The Total hearing, which began last week, would add a 7000-hectare mine site and a massive tailings lake to the already stressed tar sands region.... Read more »

            

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