Canada’s Oilsands GHG emissions to double by 2030

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Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says “more needs to be done” to curb greenhouse gas emissions, as new data show Canada is drifting further away from its climate targets while the oilsands’ share of national greenhouse emissions is projected to double by 2030.

Canada oil sands producers now lose money on every barrel -report

The network of roads reminded me of a claw or tentacles. It illustrated to me the way in which the tentacles of the tar sands reach out and wreak havoc and destruction. Proposed pipelines to American Midwest, Mackenzie Valley, and through the Great Bear Rainforest will bring new threats to these regions while the pipelines  fuel new markets and ensure the proposed five fold expansion of the Tar Sands.
CALGARY, Alberta, Jan 19- All of Canada’s 2.3 million barrels per day of oil sands output is being produced at a steep loss at current crude prices, despite the weak Canadian dollar and a sharp squeeze lower in operating costs, analysts at TD Securities said on Tuesday.
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B.C. government formally opposes Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion

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British Columbia has put its foot down on Kinder Morgan’s controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. In a final written submission to the National Energy Board (NEB) on Monday, the provincial government announced it would not support the hotly-debated proposal based on Kinder Morgan’s failure to prove it would meet stringent “world leading” oil spill safety requirements.



Canadian oil trains to US to reach “staggering” levels

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Some call them bomb trains. Oil trains-loaded with explosive Canadian crude – are expected to roll into U.S. communities in “staggering” numbers, says a new study released Thursday by a Seattle sustainability think tank. Sightline Institute says oil shipped by rail into Washington and Oregon states alone will reach one million barrels per day by the year 2018, quadrupling current levels.

TransCanada Corp to rework Keystone XL application, withdraw legal actions

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CALGARY – TransCanada Corp. is changing its strategy on getting regulatory approvals for its long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline. The company said Tuesday it is withdrawing some of its legal applications and constitutional court proceedings in Nebraska and choosing instead to file an application with the state’s Public Service Commission to get approvals for the pipeline route.

Oilsands water plan short-sighted: Athabasca River study

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A new study says rules governing how much water oilsands plants can take from the Athabasca River aren’t based on enough information and don’t account for how low flows can get in the crucial waterway. It’s the second recent paper that questions assumptions about water use in the region and comes after withdrawal permits from the river were suspended due to low levels.

Portland judge poised to sign off on Lac Megantic settlement

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Lac Megantic, Lac Megantic train disaster, Canadian Pacific, Maine PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — A $338 million settlement fund for victims of a fiery train derailment that claimed 47 lives in Canada is poised for final approval, but payments could be held up by a legal challenge from one of that country’s largest railways.
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Water licence for northeast B.C. fracking operation cancelled

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The Fort Nelson First Nation has won a potentially precedent-setting decision from the B.C. Environmental Appeal Board that cancels the water licence of a natural gas fracking operation in northeast B.C. The appeal board – in a decision that took 20 months to deliver – concluded the science behind the licence was fundamentally flawed and the province did not consult the First Nation in good faith.