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Imperial Oil, Teck commit to oil sands projects as others flee

Two Canadian-based crude producers are looking to double down on their oil sands investments, betting that new pipelines and cutting-edge technology can improve profitability and reduce environmental damage.

Shell Canada delves into vanadium flow battery technology

Calgary - An engineer with Shell Canada has come up with a way to use a by-product from the oilsands of Alberta to create large utility-scale electricity storage for renewable energy projects.

Canada prepares for its own shale oil and gas revolution

Toronto - Canada's oil industry was brought to its knees with the U.S. shale boom — ending twenty years of rapid expansion and job creation in the country's vast oil sands. However, Canada is now looking to its own shale formations to repair the economic damage.

Global companies abandon Canada's oil sands for greener pastures

In the last year, five multinational energy companies have sold off close to $25 billion of their assets in Canada's oil sands holdings to domestic companies, leaving experts to wonder if the exodus will continue.

Tens of thousands flee fire-ravaged northern Alberta city

Fort Mcmurray - Canadian police and soldiers help thousands of residents evacuate south of Fort McMurray, Alberta, as a wildfire continues to burn out-of-control in the country's oil sands region.

Obama rejects Keystone XL pipeline

In an expected move, U.S. President Barack Obama officially rejected the Keystone XL pipeline project, which would have funneled Alberta oil to the Gulf Coast in Texas.

Op-Ed: Prentice and Nenshi show Albertans how government fails

Edmonton - Albertans knew this was coming, and still feel the sting of the news. With the press surrounding the budget out of the news cycle, Albertans should know how their leaders are punishing them for the government being terrible at managing tax dollars.

Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project controversy rages on Special

Calgary - The long awaited Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline project was approved on June 17th by Prime Minister Stephen Harper amid controversy and objection by First Nations groups, environmentalists, concerned Canadians and the political opposition parties.

Op-Ed: ACFN lawyer Larry Innes discusses oilsands expansion and more Special

Calgary - This is an interview with Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation’s lawyer Larry Innes about Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Project approval, the Jackpine mine consent, First Nations’ land and water rights, regulatory protection, a vision for Canada and more.

Enbridge to build $1.3 billion oil sands pipeline extension

Canadian pipeline company Enbridge announced plans to build a US $1.3 billion southern extension to its Northern Alberta Woodland oil pipeline to connect the company’s Cheecham Terminal to its Edmonton Terminal and nearby refineries.

Op-Ed: Arkansas Pegasus pipeline spill questions safety of pipelines

Mayflower - The Pegasus pipeline spill in Mayflower, Arkansas has provided environmentalists with a tool to pressure President Obama to reject the XL Keystone pipeline, a decision to be made by August. The spill questions the safety of pipelines, with good reason.

Op-Ed: As Canada and US step on the gas, Australia may hit the brakes.

Melbourne - With the population of Illinois, Australia has gas to spare. Developments in Canada and the US are, however, expected to undercut Australia’s push to become one of the world's largest exporters of hydrocarbons.

Alberta and B.C. fight over Northern Gateway pipeline intensifies

Calgary - The battle between Alberta and British Columbia over the Northern Gateway pipeline project intensifies and continues with no sign of it letting up as Premiers Alison Redford and Christy Clark have a ‘frosty’ meeting in Calgary, Alberta.

Op-Ed: NWT Premier — Alberta should build pipeline North to Beaufort Sea

Edmonton - The Premier of the North West Territories suggests that the province of Alberta should plan to move oil north through the territories to the Beaufort Sea rather than west through British Columbia to a port on the Pacific.

Op-Ed: Is Canada’s oil sands monitoring program a ‘PR stunt’?

Environment Canada announces they are taking steps to monitor the effects of development of oil sands in the area. The plan is designed to gauge the cumulative effects on the environment from oil production from tar sands.

Oil sand companies support Alberta residents fighting emissions

Peace River - A small community located near the oil sands in Alberta has been plagued with smelly emissions from the oil sands for about a year. With complaints of illness associated with the smell, residents want answers and a resolution.

350 ducks now dead after landing in Syncrude tailing pond

Fort Mcmurray - The number of ducks which have died after they flew into two tailing ponds owned by Syncrude Monday has risen to 350. Syncrude had originally said around 200 ducks had landed in the tailings pond.

Over 200 ducks put down after landing in Syncrude tailing ponds

Fort Mcmurray - On October 22, a judge ordered Syncrude to pay $3 million in fines after the company had been found guilty of causing the deaths of hundreds of ducks in 2008.

Canada announces oil sands water review panel members

Canada's Environment Minister, Jim Prentice, unveiled his picks for the six person review panel he had announced he would set up. The panel is to review all the Alberta oil sands water monitoring information.

Alberta will review water data from oil sand water monitoring

The Government of Alberta has announced it is convening an independent panel that will review oil sands water monitoring data.

Environment Minister to look into oil sand pollution monitoring

Days after a press conference was convened in Alberta to showcase fish allegedly deformed by oil sands pollution, Canada's Environment Minister, Jim Prentice has announced he will conduct a review into Alberta's water watchdog, RAMP.

Deformed fish coming out of Athabasca River

Today fish collected from the lower Athabasca River, Athabasca Delta and Lake Athabasca were on display in Edmonton showing deformities, lesions, tumours or cysts, and indicators of infection or disease.

1st Nations take Canada to court over failure to protect Caribou

Edmonton - Just over a month ago, three Canadian First Nation communities had called on the government of Canada to enact emergency measures to protect Woodland Caribou populations found in Alberta.

Study finds Alberta's Athabasca River polluted by oil sands

Edmonton - A study conducted by University of Alberta biologists and ecologists released Monday concluded that 13 toxic pollutants found in Alberta's Athabasca River came from the oil sands.

Greenpeace activists scale Calgary Tower to protest oil sands

Calgary - Greenpeace Canada activists scaled the Calgary Tower Tuesday morning to hang a giant banner which was held in place by activists.

Syncrude guilty on charges related to deaths of 1,600 ducks

Edmonton - Judge Ken Tjosvold made a landmark ruling Friday when he found Syncrude guilty on two separate charges laid in the deaths of 1,600 ducks. The ducks died in a Syncrude tailings pond in 2008.

UK protesters target Canadian oil sands developments & BP, Shell

Activists and investors in the UK are upset to learn that investments meant to enhance retirement years are being used to fund oil sands development.

Syncrude shows its teeth as trial gets underway over dead ducks

After being charged by the Province of Alberta and the Government of Canada in early 2009 for the deaths of hundreds of ducks in one of Syncrude's waste ponds in the spring of 2008, the case got underway on Monday.

Ont. Sunoco franchisees launch class action suit against Suncor

Last week Suncor Energy Inc. announced sweeping cuts as part of its ongoing streamlining process after the giant oil sands producer bought up Petro-Canada.

Oil sands down-stream pollution is 50 times higher than normal

Perhaps Dr. John O'Connor as well as the residents of Fort Chipewyan might feel somewhat vindicated after their years of attempting to draw attention to pollution they said came from oil sands developments in Alberta were dismissed.
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View of tailings ponds looking south over the Syncrude processing facilities and upgrader north of F...
View of tailings ponds looking south over the Syncrude processing facilities and upgrader north of Fort McMurray, Alberta.
Greenpeace Canada
The Enbridge Northern Gateway Project involves a new twin pipeline system running from near Edmonton...
The Enbridge Northern Gateway Project involves a new twin pipeline system running from near Edmonton, Alberta, to a new marine terminal in Kitimat, British Columbia
Enbridge
The Blackgold Project called for 17 buildings including underground servicing and excavation  struct...
The Blackgold Project called for 17 buildings including underground servicing and excavation, structural concrete and foundation installation, crane installation and fire proofing of the structural steel.
Seko Construction
Suncor Edmonton refinery
Suncor Edmonton refinery
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Athabasca Oil Sands NASA Earth Observatory image 2009 by Jesse Allen and Robert Simmon using EO-1 AL...
Athabasca Oil Sands NASA Earth Observatory image 2009 by Jesse Allen and Robert Simmon using EO-1 ALI data courtesy of the NASA EO-1 team. Caption by Holli Riebeek
NASA Earth Observatory
GETTING OUT: Cars back up on southbound Highway 63 in Fort McMurray  Alberta  on Wednesday as thousa...
GETTING OUT: Cars back up on southbound Highway 63 in Fort McMurray, Alberta, on Wednesday as thousands of residents flee an out-of-control wildfire believed to have mostly destroyed the city in Canada's oil sands region.
DarrenRD / Wikimedia Commons
Aerial view of Syncrude Aurora tar sands mine in the Boreal Forest north of Fort McMurray.
Aerial view of Syncrude Aurora tar sands mine in the Boreal Forest north of Fort McMurray.
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Greenpeace protesters oppose Enbridge pipelines that would ship tar sands oil to the northern BC coa...
Greenpeace protesters oppose Enbridge pipelines that would ship tar sands oil to the northern BC coast and to support a ban on oil tanker traffic on the northern BC coast
Greenpeace
US refineries are using heavy crude oil from Canadian tar sand pits  like this one. The petroleum co...
US refineries are using heavy crude oil from Canadian tar sand pits, like this one. The petroleum coke left over is being exported to foreign countries.
UC Davis
This is a picture of Syncrude s base mine. The yellow structures are the bases of pyramids made of s...
This is a picture of Syncrude's base mine. The yellow structures are the bases of pyramids made of sulphur - it is not economical for Syncrude to sell the sulphur so it stockpiles it instead. Behind that is the tailings pond, held in by what is recognized as the largest dam in the world. The extraction plant is just to the right of this photograph and most of the mine is to the left.
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Syncrude upgrader and tailings pond  photo courtesy of Greenpeace Canada.
Syncrude upgrader and tailings pond, photo courtesy of Greenpeace Canada.
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Syncrude’s three fluid cokers are among the largest in the world.. The Syncrude upgrading process ...
Syncrude’s three fluid cokers are among the largest in the world.. The Syncrude upgrading process converts the thick bitumen into a high quality, light, low sulphur crude oil.
Syncrude Canada Ltd.
Blackgold Project in 2017.
Blackgold Project in 2017.
Harvest Operations
Syncrude s Mildred Lake plant in the Athabasca Oil Sands of Alberta  Canada
Syncrude's Mildred Lake plant in the Athabasca Oil Sands of Alberta, Canada
The Interior
Photograph of the en:Athabasca Tar Sands in Alberta  c. 1900-1930
Photograph of the en:Athabasca Tar Sands in Alberta, c. 1900-1930
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Mining operations in the Athabasca oil sands. Image shows the Athabasca River about 600m from the ta...
Mining operations in the Athabasca oil sands. Image shows the Athabasca River about 600m from the tailings pond. NASA Earth Observatory photo, 2009. Image is in the Public Domain.
NASA
Greenpeace protesters oppose Enbridge s Northern Gateway pipelines that would ship tar sands oil to ...
Greenpeace protesters oppose Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipelines that would ship tar sands oil to the northern BC coast and to support a ban on oil tanker traffic on the northern BC coast
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John P. Smol
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