tar sands News

  • The dirty truth about tar sands

    John D. Podesta, President and CEO of the Center for American Progress delivered the keynote speech for Canada 2020"s ""Greening" The Oil Sands: Debunking the Myths and Confronting the Realities" conference held this week in Washington. While seeking not to play the "holier than thou" card, Podesta, one of the most influential voices in American politics today, said he was skeptical about a ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • EU faces down tar sands industry

    EurActiv - The EU executive has defied intense pressure from governments and lobbyists to include oil from innovative but highly-polluting tar sands within Europe's Fuel Quality Directive. Between September 2009 and July 2011, Canadian government and oil industry representatives organised more than ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Energy versus the environment in Alberta’s tar sands

    A report released last week by Environmental Defence (Canada’s Toxic Tar Sands) focuses on concerns being expressed across Canada and around the world about the environmental cost of exploiting the Tar Sands of Alberta, which it calls Canada’s most serious environmental liability. The Toronto-based ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • First delivery of devastating tar sands arrives in Europe

    The first shipment of highly polluting Canadian tar sands oil to Europe is due to arrive in Spain tomorrow (Thursday May 29). Environment groups Friends of the Earth Europe, Transport & Environment and Greenpeace warn that this delivery provides a snapshot of Europe’s energy future – a continued addiction to ever-dirtier oil. ...

  • NRDC: Tar sands pipeline fails presidential test

    President Obama said today he would not okay the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline unless it "does not significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution." Susan Casey-Lefkowitz, director of the international program with the Natural Resources Defense Council, made the following statement: “The president made it emphatic: he won't green light a tar sands pipeline that means more ...

  • Energy versus the environment in Alberta’s tar sands

    A report by Environmental Defence, a Toronto-based environmental research group, says exploitation of Alberta’s Tar Sands is Canada’s most serious environmental liability. Rick Smith, executive director of Environmental Defence, says 'Few Canadians know that Canada is home to one of the world’s largest dams and it is built to hold toxic waste from just one Tar Sands operation. There is nowhere ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Dirty Tar Sands Fuel is Headed for the East Coast

    Motorists from Maine to Maryland will soon be filling their tanks with gas increasingly derived from dirty Canadian tar sands oil, a new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council says. A flood of dirty fuel into these East Coast states would undercut their efforts to reduce carbon pollution. The NRDC report ...

  • Energy versus the environment in Canada`s Tar Sands

    A report by Environmental Defence, a Toronto-based environmental research group, says exploitation of Alberta's Tar Sands is Canada's most serious environmental liability. Rick Smith, executive director of Environmental Defence, says 'Few Canadians know that Canada is home to one of the world's largest dams and it is built to hold toxic waste from just one Tar Sands operation. There is nowhere ...

  • Kalamazoo clean up continues: 3rd Anniversary of Michigan’s tar sands mess

    The Kalamazoo River tar sands pipeline spill cleanup stands as America’s longest-running and most expensive oil cleanup project as Michigan authorities and pipeline company Enbridge continue to scour the heavy oil from the bottom of the waterway. On the third anniversary of the million gallon spill, Natural Resources Defense Council Midwest Director Henry Henderson noted: “Three ...

  • Petcoke Problems: Tar sands waste piling up on Chicago’s Southeast side

    In recent months massive piles of petroleum coke (or petcoke) have built up along the banks of the Calumet River on Chicago’s Southeast Side. BP’s highly-controversial refinery in Whiting, IN is completing a massive expansion to process increased amounts of Canada’s ultra-heavy tar sands oil, which will result in a tripling of its petcoke production. The powdery black material ...

  • Senate Rejects Bid to Force Approval of Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

    Despite strong lobbying by oil-industry allies, the U.S. Senate tonight defeated an effort to approve the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The following is a statement by Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council: “The bill would have turned Congress into a permitting authority, overriding environmental law, and giving a green light to a pipeline ...

  • Dirty deals: oil lobbyists push tar sands on Europe

    The United States and Canadian governments are using ongoing trade talks to push the European Union to allow devastating tar sands unfettered access to its market, according to a new report out today. As trade negotiations between the EU and US on a transatlantic trade treaty continue in Brussels this week, the research by European and North ...

  • Reclaiming the Sydney tar ponds

    Canada’s most famous contaminated site may finally be receiving the treatment that it has sorely needed for two decades. Earth Tech Canada has been retained by the Sydney Tar Ponds Agency (STPA) to design, construct and oversee the remediation of the Sydney Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens Site in Nova Scotia. How the largest remediation project in the country unfolds is likely to change the way ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Grandstanding on Keystone XL tar sands pipeline changes nothing

    The Senate voted today on an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Resolution proposed by Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) that would support building the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The non-binding measure received majority support but does not approve the pipeline. Peter Lehner, executive director of the Natural Resources Defense Council, issued this statement on the measure: “The ...

  • NRDC: Canada’s tar sands expansion would make climate change worse

    Canada has no chance of hitting its international climate change targets, due to its unchecked expansion of tar sands production, the Natural Resources Defense Council said today. The announcement comes as Canada’s Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver is in Washington to lobby American officials on the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Following is a statement by ...

  • Scientific American Challenged on Tar Sands and Climate Change by Friends of Science

    "Should the Eco-activists be allowed to shut down the US economy based on faulty science?" asks Len Maier, President of Friends of Science, a climate science review organization. “Science should edify, not terrify people," says Maier. "The oil sands and Keystone XL Pipeline offer Americans an estimated 343,000 new U.S. ...


    By PRWeb

  • Tar sands oil well blowout: `nobody really understands how to stop it.`

    A tar sands oil well blowout enters its 10th week out of control in Canada's Boreal forest, as an in-depth study finds the industry has had more than 9,000 environmental mishaps in 16 years and Alberta's oversight is lax and failing. Danielle Droitsch, director of the Canada project at the Natural Resources Defense Council, made the following statement: “As this tar sands ...

  • Regardless of Approval, Northern Gateway Tar Sands Pipeline Will Likely Never Be Built

    With the announcement that the Canadian federal government would approve Enbridge’s Proposed Northern Gateway tar sands pipeline to British Columbia, First Nations and environmental advocates reacted with the following statements: Dr. Tzeporah Berman, Canadian author and environmentalist: “Just like Keystone XL, the Northern Gateway pipeline faces widespread opposition from the people ...

  • European Commission buries new data on tar sand impacts

    Canadian pressure for u-turn on EU clean fuel law Brussels, Belgium - A scientific report (1) for the European Commission, published online yesterday and then immediately withdrawn, has confirmed that carbon emissions from Canadian tar sand oil production are ‘significantly higher than...industry-average emissions from conventional fuels’.  In 2008, the EU agreed a law setting a ...

  • Green City offers Clean Alternative to Tar Sands Boom

    In a country reckoned to have the worst climate policies in the industrialised world, one big city is setting out to defy central government and become 100% carbon neutral. Vancouver, in British Columbia, Canada, wants to establish itself as “the greenest city in the world by ...


    By Climate News Network

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