TORONTO - Alberta's looking for some friends across Canada as it tries to drum up support for its controversial oilsands.
During a stop in Toronto Monday, three prominent Alberta government ministers reminded Ontario it was there for the province when its auto sector was in trouble during the recent recession.
"So I know that if Ontario felt that we were genuinely under attack that there would be that some kind of support," International and Intergovernmental Relations Minister Iris Evans said. "I can't imagine why not."
One study shows that over the next 25 years, Alberta's oilsands will generate more than 800,000 person years of work for Ontarians, she said.... Read more »
EDMONTON - Two representatives from Sierra Club Prairie will be participating in hearings for TOTAL's proposed Joslyn North Mine Project beginning 21st September 2010 in Fort McMurray AB and finishing up mid-October in Edmonton.
Dustin Johnson, Energy Campaigner for Sierra Club Prairie, and former Sierra Club of Canada Executive Director Stephen Hazell will both be participating in the hearing, and will be available for media comment throughout, and on site at the hearing for the first and third weeks.
In addition to being available to comment to media, Dustin and Stephen will also be keeping a daily blog at p.sierraclub.ca and will twitter updates from our twitter account 'SCPrairie' about the hearing.... Read more »
French Oil Giant Total has filed a proposal for a new open pit tar sands mine in the tar sands. The area is already plagued with local reports of environmental pollution, treaty rights violations and health problems. Total’s mine proposal threatens to make these issues worse!
From Total’s own admission the new open pit mine will:... Read more »
Following three significant spills of tar sands oil from aging pipelines in the Midwest, RAN Chicago took action. An afternoon protest was themed around pushing back on Canada’s tar sands and kicking our addiction to oil. Of the various placards on display (stop the serial spiller!) and a hypodermic needle filled with oil.
If oil is like a drug, then the Canadian Consulate in Chicago has become the kingpin of US tar sands trafficking. The Consulate has teamed up with oil companies to push through new tar sands pipelines, and strong-arm companies into keeping tar sands crude flowing into Midwestern refineries.
EDMONTON — The Energy Resources Conservation Board has conditionally approved Total E&P Canada Ltd.'s construction of an oilsands upgrader in Strathcona County, over objections of those who live closest to the site.
The board approved the project Thursday, after a June hearing about the proposed facility, just north of Fort Saskatchewan, which could eventually convert 300,000 barrels of bitumen from the oilsands into synthetic crude each day.
According to policy, Total does not release cost forecasts, but in 2007, when the project was young, industry experts estimated the first of two construction phases would cost between $5 billion and $6.5 billion. At that time, the estimate was that the upgrader would convert 200,000 barrels a day.... Read more »