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Alberta’s number game

Despite parliamentary debate on the oil sands elsewhere, Alberta sticks to its crude 'magic number' approach

Finally, a long-awaited parliamentary debate has taken place, and a vote has been held on whether or not oil development in the Alberta tar sands is worth its large environmental footprint— in Norway. That's right, the Norwegian parliament had the debate, not our Canadian parliament (nor our Alberta legislature, for that matter).


Alberta at the Crossroads

Dirty oil, the Global Green New Deal, and money

Dirty oil campaigners want a full dead stop to the tar sands. Alberta's economic establishment wants full steam ahead, but Albertans don't seem to be accepting an either/or scenario. The public wants a balance between the economic security of non-renewable resource development and environmental health.


Emissions thicken the air in Alberta

The tar sands' biggest customer has second thoughts

As tar sands extraction expands full steam ahead, a perfect storm of internal and external opposition could derail some of the voracious growth at the world?s largest energy project.


Reclamation illusions in oil sands country

Lack of legislation, financial preparedness, undermine reclamation efforts
After more than 40 years of scraping away swathes of trees, muskeg, and soil in northeastern Alberta to get at the tarry black gold underneath, Alberta's first oil sands reclamation certificate was finally issued in March to great applause. Roughly 1 km2 of land (104 ha), Syncrude's Gateway Hill, was declared "reclaimed" by the Government of Alberta.


Sensitive environmental area slated for new highway

New U.S.-Fort McMurray highway proposal bad news for native prairie
A proposal to open the Wild Horse border crossing for 24-hour service and expand a north-south transportation corridor along Alberta's eastern border would have dramatic environmental impacts.


Environmentalism in Alberta?

Activists say communities are beginning to stand up to tar sands
Following his 1992 election victory, Premier Ralph Klein declared the province 'open for business,' and Albertans, fearful of growing debt, accepted a vision of stable growth after years of economic depression. As natural resources were opened up to massive exploitation, however, the result has been an overheated economy, and a crumbling infrastructure unable to handle the influx of workers and families. Today, Albertans are beginning to stir. Leila Darwish, Associate Prairie Chapter Director of the Sierra Club, sees change afoot.


Alberta’s quicksand

Tar sands development is causing increased rates of cancer, decreased water levels, loss of carbon sinks, and a plethora of other health and environmental problems
The tar sands are a dangerous and dirty source of energy, and the fallout from their development is spreading around the world. For years, tar sands have been grabbing headlines as a highly profitable business opportunity for major oil companies, but the money flowing to shareholders and executives hasn't materialized out of nowhere— profits are high because of a huge drain on Alberta's natural and human resources.


If not now, when?

In July, the Multi-Stakeholder Committee on Alberta's Oil Sands delivered its final report and recommendations to the provincial government. This is the committee that was struck by the provincial government to gather feedback from Albertans about the future of the tar sands, the communities around the tar sands, and their impact on the province as a whole. The tone of the submissions made two things very clear: that the status quo is unacceptable and unsustainable; and that the path we are currently on will result in significant social, economic, environmental and health concerns in the very near future.