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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 27 December 2013 10:49

by David Anderson / Times Colonist 


December 26, 2013 03:38 PM



The report handed down on Dec. 19 by the federal panel assessing the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline proposal is deeply flawed.

The panel has attached 209 conditions to its approval of the proposal, and if these conditions were met, it is beyond question pipeline and port safety would improve. But attaching conditions is the easy part. This does not create any greater level of security.

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Scientists reject Harper gov't claims vital material is being saved digitally. PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 26 December 2013 07:52

What's Driving Chaotic Dismantling of Canada's Science Libraries?

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 23 Dec 2013, TheTyee.ca
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Shelves in Winnipeg's Freshwater Institute library showing, according to the scientist who shared this photo with The Tyee, vital records left in disarray and destined for further destruction.

Scientists say the closure of some of the world's finest fishery, ocean and environmental libraries by the Harper government has been so chaotic that irreplaceable collections of intellectual capital built by Canadian taxpayers for future generations has been lost forever.

Scientists urge EU action on tar sands - letter PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 24 December 2013 18:20
By Barbara Lewis

BRUSSELS Fri Dec 20, 2013 3:28pm GMT
























1 of 3. A demonstrator holds up a sign during a protest against the possible transportation of tar sands oil through the region, in Portland Maine January 26, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/Scott Eisen


BRUSSELS (Reuters) - More than 50 top European and U.S. scientists have written to the European Commission president urging him to press ahead with a plan to label tar sands as more polluting than other forms of oil, in defiance of intensive lobbying from Canada.

The draft law was kept on ice during trade talks between the European Union and Canada, the world's biggest producer of oil from tar sands, which culminated in a multi-million-dollar pact signed earlier this year.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 December 2013 18:47
More than 75 Alberta environmental regulators now paid by energy industry PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 24 December 2013 14:20

By Sheila Pratt, Edmonton Journal December 23, 2013


More than 75 Alberta environmental regulators now paid by energy industry

The setting sun reflects off a tailings pond behind Syncrude’s oilsands upgrading facility north of Fort McMurray on June 18. The plant converts bitumen extracted from oilsands into synthetic crude oil, which is then piped to southern refineries. Alberta’s oilsands are the third largest proven oil reserve in the world.

Photograph by: Ryan Jackson , Edmonton Journal

EDMONTON - More than 75 environment officers who watched over oil industry activities left the provincial environment department this fall, to take higher paying jobs with the new industry-funded Alberta Energy Regulator. Another 75-plus are expected to leave in the spring.

In mid-November, the department also began handing over to the regulator thousands of files on oil industry activity pertaining to the Public Lands Act, according to documents obtained by the Journal.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 December 2013 14:27
Geothermal energy touted as alternative to Site C PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 21:43

By Erica Fisher

Site C Joint Review Panel members Jocelyn Beaudet, Chair Harry Swain, and James Mattison.
Site C Joint Review Panel members Jocelyn Beaudet, Chair Harry Swain, and James Mattison.Erica Fisher


The Canadian Geothermal Energy Association believes thermal energy stored beneath the Earth’s surface presents

a “cost-effective and low impact” alternative to the Site C dam, as presented at the project’s public hearing in

Fort St. John Tuesday.


Speaking via teleconference, Chair Alison Thompson maintains that B.C. Hydro and the provincial government have

decided that geothermal energy is “inconvenient” and dismiss the idea, while several other countries embrace it.

 She points to the United States and Mexico as being the first and fourth largest producers of geothermal energy,

and notes that Canada has similar North American geology. 

“The same resource that hosts greater than 4,300 Megawatts of geothermal power in Mexico and the U.S.

including Alaska north of us, clearly exists in B.C.,” she explains. “165 projects are being currently developed

in similar geology as B.C. has.” 

B.C. does not currently have any operational geothermal projects, but Thompson claims Canada and B.C.

have the potential to become a “powerhouse” on the world stage. She says the potential exists in three main

areas of the province: near the proposed LNG terminals on the north coast, new mines in northeast B.C.,

and gas projects in the Horn River Basin. 

“The northeast area of B.C. has recorded temperatures – by the oil companies themselves who operate

there – of greater than 140 degree Celsius,” Thompson maintains. “Certainly, this value is not in agreement

with ‘low temperature hydrothermal resources’ that B.C. Hydro has indicated exists in this region.” 

Thompson adds that geothermal energy seems to be overlooked and faces near impossible permitting processes,

when it could only take five to seven years for a greenfield geothermal project to be built. 

The Site C Clean Energy Project public hearing process continues Wednesday at the Pomeroy Hotel with a

general session featuring speakers from Treaty 8 Tribal Association, Steve Thorlakson and Senator Richard Neufeld,

and Area C Director Arthur Hadland.

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