Arctic villages stop seismic tests as Canada mulls oil future

Renee Schoof McClatchy NewspapersWASHINGTON — Above the Arctic Circle in Canada near Greenland, five Inuit villages have won a court order that blocks a German icebreaker from conducting seismic tests of an underwater region that abounds with marine life — and possibly with oil, gas and minerals.For the villagers who live in this mostly treeless region of fiords, icebergs and polar bears, the case ... [click title to continue]

How the Tar Sands Threaten Canada’s Economic Fate

A short course in Dutch Disease, deindustrialization and the Bitumen Curse. By Andrew Nikiforuk, Every week Canada's least favorite Emir, Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach, earnestly lectures Canadians that the mighty tar sands are a boon to the national economy because "Alberta's engine drives Canada." Just a week ago the eloquent Stelmach told the folks at the annual Canadian premiers conference ... [click title to continue]

Oil, Gas, and Canada-Colombia Free Trade

By Dawn PaleyNACLACanada has been involved in oil and gas in Colombia since the 1920s, when the Canadian-based International Petroleum Corporation (IPC), then a subsidiary of Standard Oil of New Jersey, owned Tropical Oil and the Andian Pipeline Company. When ownership of these companies was due to revert back to the Colombian state in 1951(concessions at the time were for 30 years), IPC feared that ... [click title to continue]

Mammoth trucks en route to Canada’s tar sands threaten Montana

By Rick BassCross posted from Grist.orgA new scheme threatens to tear up Montana to facilitate tar-sands oil extraction in Canada.Imperial Oil (you couldn’t make up a name like that) has contracted with the Dutch company Mammoet (meaning “mammoth,” another apt name) to transport giant machines from South Korea through Idaho and Montana to Canada’s Athabaskan tar-sands project in Alberta.Read ... [click title to continue]

Canada’s Largest Environmental Lawsuit a Victory

Ontario court rules Vale must pay $36 M to Port Colborne residentsBy Tracy GlynnThe Dominion -—Almost 10 years after Wilfred Pearson, a retired truck driver from Port Colborne, Ontario, signed his name as the lead plaintiff to the largest environmental class action lawsuit filed in Canadian history, the verdict is in—and it is in his favour. Port Colborne ... [click title to continue]

Groups demand release of parliamentary findings on tar sands and water

Council of CanadiansThe Indigenous Environmental Network and the Council of Canadians are calling on the Federal government to immediately release the findings of the Parliamentary Committee on the Environment and Sustainable Development regarding the impacts of Tar Sands operations on Alberta water resources. The Committee had been working on a report after an 18 month investigation, but according ... [click title to continue]

Greenpeace criticizes CPP investment in tar sands

'CPP's investment in the tar sands involves pensioners in a toxic legacy when they should be able to rely on an ethical, sustainable retirement plan.'NUPGE NewsThe Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) has drawn criticism from environmentalists for a decision to invest $250 million in an Alberta tar sands company.Canada's largest pension plan has purchased 8,333,333 shares in Laricina Energy ... [click title to continue]

BC’s carbon tax turns two

By Marc LeeThe Progressive Economics ForumJuly 5th, 2010With all of the attention focused on the HST implementation on July 1, most people seemed to miss the next increment of that other much-hated tax, BC’s carbon tax. As of July 1, the carbon tax is now $20 per tonne of CO2, or about 4.6 cents on a litre of gasoline. And like any two-year old, this toddling tax increase is set to wreak some havoc ... [click title to continue]