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New tar sands technology could be a game-changer for Alberta

Calgary - Ian Gates, an engineer at the University of Calgary thinks an invention he stumbled upon in the laboratory could transform the way Alberta gets its heavy oil to market.

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: Neil Young — Attacking the messenger

Neil Young's Honour the Treaties tour with Diana Krall has concluded, but the massive attacks directed at him for his criticism of Alberta's tar sands continue.

Op-Ed: Defend our climate, Defend our communities protest on November 16

On November 16, 2013, thousands of Canadians will gather including environmental organizations, community groups, and First Nations for the “Defend our Climate, Defend our Communities” national day of action to protest pipeline expansion.

New oil spill from ExxonMobil Pegasus pipeline despite shut down

Doniphan - While very much smaller than the recent Mayflower, Arkansas spill, this new rupture causes even more concern over the aging Pegasus pipeline. (Video update).

Massive explosion rocks Detroit tar sands refinery

Detroit - A massive explosion has been reported at a tar sands oil refinery in Detroit, Michigan on Saturday afternoon, prompting a mandatory evacuation order for parts of a nearby city.

Op-Ed: Canada-China corporate rights pact needs debate says Maude Barlow Special

Calgary - The NEXEN takeover by China National Offshore Oil Corp has been given a 30 day extension and may be extended again as opposition continues to grow from all factions with the exception of investors and the energy sector.

Environmental Minds Unite at (de)Occupy Talks Special

Toronto - Activists staged a panel discussion in Toronto on Tuesday concerning the Tar Sands, ethical oil, and First Nations land rights

U.S. craving for energy drives wildlife toward extinction: Report

Washington - America's craving for energy is an increasing challenge in protecting the world's wildlife, our "irreplaceable natural heritage," with much of the blame given to the fossil fuel industry, recipients of massive government handouts, a new report shows.

The Council of Canadians responds to Keystone XL pipeline reroute Special

Calgary - The Council of Canadians responded to the rerouting of the Keystone XL pipeline. Maude Barlow, National Chairperson, and Andrea Harden-Donahue, Energy and Climate Justice Campaigner, answered the questions in this interview.

What is the future of the Keystone XL pipeline? (Part 2) Special

Calgary - This is an interview with Terry Cunha, Team Lead, Communications & Media Relations for TransCanada where he dismisses false allegations about the recent Keystone XL pipeline. It continues from What is the future of the Keystone XL pipeline PART 1.

What is the future of the Keystone XL pipeline? (Part 1) Special

Calgary - This is an interview with Terry Cunha, Team Lead, Communications & Media Relations for TransCanada about the recent Keystone XL pipeline reroute.

White House delays decision on Keystone XL pipeline

Washington - The White House has decided to delay making a final decision on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline until after the 2012 election. But the indefinite postponement may ultimately kill the proposed pipeline.

Dozens of Keystone XL pipeline protesters arrested in Canada

Ottawa - Beginning with a mid-morning solidarity rally on Monday, hundreds of protesters in Ottawa, Canada faced risk of arrest as they followed with a demonstration on Parliament Hill against the TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline.

Canada’s energy minister: Keystone XL critics threaten ‘security’

Toronto - Hollywood celebrities and prominent international voices against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline threaten Canada's "security" and hinder the government's goal of being the dominant energy supplier for North America, states a leading Canadian official.

Arrests mount in DC demonstration over Keystone XL pipeline

Washington - A final environmental assessment of TransCanada’s controversial Keystone XL pipeline is expected to be released today by the US State Department, and with mounting protests over the project, environmental groups are almost certain of its approval.

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.

James Cameron Tours Alberta’s Tar Sands

Fort Mcmurray - James Cameron tours Alberta’s tar sands for three days, meeting with industry representatives, native elders, and will have a private meeting with Alberta’s premier Ed Stelmach on Wednesday the 29th of September.

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.

First ever 'Tar Sands Healing Walk' voices of concerned citizens Special

Fort Mcmurray - A "Tar Sand Healing Walk" was held in Fort MacMurray, AB, Canada on August 14th, 2010. It's the the first of its kind in the tar sands region of Alberta.

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.

Fight against Alberta tar sands sees launch of tourism boycott

A coalition of international environmental activists have banded together to try to stop the expansion of oil sands developments through a tourism boycott.

Canadian politicians secretly end oil sands-water investigation

Ottawa - Since the development of Canada's tar sands began in the 1960's, there has not been a lack of controversy. The latest controversy is a secret decision of a House of Commons committee to scrap an investigation into tar sands pollution of water.

The environmental problems still afflicting North America Special

Toronto - It has been 40 years since the Earth Day became cause célèbre in North America. We have come a long way and still have a long way to go, according to activists.

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.

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.

Dirty Energy Prevents Canada's Chance of Climate Deal

Although popular opinion sometimes suggests otherwise, Canada's environmental record is dismal. Any genuine deal at the Copenhagen Summit will be impossible without addressing Canada's biggest climate issue, Alberta's tar sands.

College of Physicians & Surgeons clears oil sands whistle blower

Was he a hero, a villain or just a well-meaning but misguided doctor who simply wanted the community his patients lived in to be safe and healthy?

Greenpeace activists shut down Shell oil sand production

Citing concerns for the safety of its employees as well as the Greenpeace activists, Dutch Royal Shell had temporarily shut down its oil sand development in Northern Alberta after the activists chained themselves to a 3 story dump truck.

Canada's new climate change plan said to go light on oil sands

Reports are just starting to trickle out that Canada is trying out a new approach to Climate Change. There will be no emission caps for the oil sands development, it has been said, but caps will be restrictive on all other industries.
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A comparison of Enbridge s version of the Douglas Channel with the real map.
A comparison of Enbridge's version of the Douglas Channel with the real map.
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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.
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A participant beats the drum at an Idle No More rally.
A participant beats the drum at an Idle No More rally.
 Tar Sands Healing Walk  walkers move againts the wind along a Syncrude tailings pond.
"Tar Sands Healing Walk" walkers move againts the wind along a Syncrude tailings pond.
As you can see from this picture (which is more than 50 years old) coal sands mining is nothing new ...
As you can see from this picture (which is more than 50 years old) coal sands mining is nothing new in Canada. The sheer scale that it is done on today may be causing serious problems for anyone eating near a water source in Canada.
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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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Tar sands stop sign.
Tar sands stop sign.
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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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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
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Athabasca River conference  speakers prepare their presentations! On final day of the conference.
Athabasca River conference, speakers prepare their presentations! On final day of the conference.
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