Alberta Tar Sands Pipelines
OTTAWA -- Sierra Club Canada is very encouraged the U.S. State Department’s conclusion that the United States does not require the Keystone XL Pipeline to meet its energy demands.
“This clears the way for President Obama to reject the Keystone pipeline. If Keystone isn't needed, why would President Obama approve it," said John Bennett, Executive Director of Sierra Club Canada. “This is clearly the most significant conclusion in the 2000 page report.”
Sierra Club Canada has concerns with some sections of the report, namely that the authors took a narrow view in their analysis of overall greenhouse gas implications associated with Tar Sands development.
Sierra Club Canada will continue its review of the State Department's draft environmental impact statement on the Keystone XL Pipeline and will use the 45 day comment period to respond to its shortcomings.... Read more »
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Landowner and Environmental Groups Launch Pipeline Spill Tipline
Edmonton – The Alberta Surface Rights Group, Greenpeace Canada, The Council of Canadians and the Sierra Club today launched a Pipeline Tipline encouraging people that see pipeline spills to phone the number and report them. The groups came together after continued in-action from the Premier in dealing with the hundreds of oil spills that hit the Province every year...
“We know that the government isn’t looking out for our safety so we are turning to people throughout the province to let the public know what’s really going on,” said Don Bester with the Alberta Surface Rights Group. “Hundreds of spills happen every year and still this government does nothing. We had three major spills last month alone. How many more have to happen before the government finally acts?”
According to the Energy Resources Conservation Board in 2010 there were over 600 spills and leaks from energy related pipelines in Alberta. Two of the last three major spills were undetected by the company but instead, were reported by third parties.
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Alberta continues to suffer from a rash of oil spills.
Enbridge's pipeline carrying heavy oil sands crude, spilled some 230,000 litres in eastern Alberta on Monday, June 18th. On June 7th, a Plains All American Pipeline spilled up to 480,000 litres into the Red Deer river threatening the drinking water supply of tens of thousands of Alberta. And on May 19th, Pace Oil & Gas Ltd. spilled over 100,000 litres of oil near Rainbow Lake.
Unfortunately pipeline spills are not a rare occurrence in Alberta. In 2010, the province averaged nearly two pipeline failures a day. Enough is enough.
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Local residents and aboriginal groups are being given a chance to ask questions and comment on an oilsands expansion north of Fort McMurray. Sign up as an interested party and have your voice heard! You will receive updates on the review process and can provide written submissions detailing your concerns about yet another open pit tar sands mine.
Energy giant Shell Canada Energy plans to increase bitumen production at the Jackpine Mine site by 100,000 bpd, bringing mining production to a total of 300,000 bpd.
The expansion would include space for new mining and processing facilities along the east side of the Athabasca River, approximately 70 km north of Fort McMurray.
Interested individuals and groups are now invited to provide comments and questions to a joint review panel in Ottawa. The panel, which was created to assess the environmental effects of the proposed project, must receive all comments in writing by Aug. 3, in order to be considered. All comments received by the panel will be considered public and will be posted online.
Comments, both in French or English, can be sent by mail, email or fax to:
Joint Review Panel Secretariat
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
160 Elgin Street, 22nd Floor, Ottawa, ON K1A 0H3... Read more »