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First Nation Challenges Shell’s Proposed Tar Sands Expansion

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  • October 23, 2012
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First Nation Challenges Shell’s Proposed Tar Sands Expansion

Written by Claire Morgenstern

Shell Oil’s plans to expand the Jackpine tar sands strip mine near Alberta, Canada have come to a head today, as environmentalists from across North America stand united with the people of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) against Shell’s proposed expansion.

The Jackpine expansion would fuel even more global warming and drive the destruction of the boreal forest — all to extract filthy tar sands oil that would be funneled to dangerous pipelines like the Keystone XL. Today, ACFN is bringing a constitutional challenge to Shell’s application before Canada’s Joint Review Panel in Fort McMurray, Alberta. The challenge may be the only remaining pieces of law that can stop the destruction of the land on which ACFN has resided for generations.

ACFN has asked the public to join them in Fort McMurray today and stand in solidarity as they present their evidence against the proposed tar sands expansion.

If you can’t be there in person, you can still show your support! Take action now at www.stoptar.org.

 

 

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5:04PM PDT on Jul 27, 2013

Oil-even if we need it- we don't need it anymore. 5-10 years and we may be extinct. I used to look forward to grandchildren.Now,I hope my kids continue to be self-centered because I don't think the earth will give a decent life to the next generation.

10:36AM PDT on Jul 27, 2013

Boycotting is the best way to fight back at these uncaring corporations. No more Shell for me.

6:31AM PDT on Jul 22, 2013

Well thank god someone is challenging this.

1:47PM PDT on Mar 21, 2013

I might appear to be late to this party but I was experiencing severe computer problems back in October-Dec 2012 so missed this. Have a new computer now.

Another source of info is ecojustice. They are watching and challenging the tar sands include Shell's Jackpine debacle. Here is their web site

http://www.ecojustice.ca/blog/oilsands-more-crude-production-more-problems

I just received an e-mail from them today but I responded to a survey last night about oil companies etc. Now I painted Shell pretty badly for being irresponsible, but I wish I had know about Jackpine because I would have added it to my list of environmental atrocities that Shell has perpetrated.

5:29PM PST on Nov 29, 2012

Rotten. Thanks for sharing

11:16PM PST on Nov 15, 2012

Thank you, Dorothy, for your well-informed, educated information about Harper, and the ongoing problems being pushed on Canada (and all of us to whom the ocean, and love for the environment belongs!) This is, per usual, corrupt government putting the special interests of a very influential few against the absolute rights of an entire nation to have pure drinking water, a cancer-free environment, and NO fracking, which has immense independent data proving its extreme danger to humans! The arrogance of those in politics never fails to astonish me. BUT...we, together, effect change by writing, calling, and being a real pain in the butt to those in power. You seem a very good writer, and well-educated. What about starting at your community level with letters to the editor. And do what I do. Write about this stuff on FaceBook over and over, asking others how they will get involved. My senator hears from me weekly;) And my representative never answers my letters, but I still write him faithfully;) LOL! I will not quit! This matters to me. A lot!

12:22PM PST on Nov 15, 2012

(continued - Harper is attacking Canada and Canadians on every front!)

Pipe more oil and gas through the Great Lakes Basin. Stephen Harper's vision of Canada as an "energy superpower" includes a renewed push for a west-east pipeline carrying Alberta tar sands to Sarnia, Ontario (on the shores of Lake Huron), past Hamilton (on the shores of Lake Ontario), on to Montreal (on the St. Lawrence, the gateway to the Great Lakes), and potentially over to markets in Europe, India and China for export. The immediate and lasting effects of a pipeline spill are well documented. This past summer in Alberta three spills in less than one month contaminated rivers and farmland. And in Michigan, portions of the Kalamazoo River remain closed to this day following the catastrophic 2010 Enbridge pipeline spill.

Stephen Harper and his government are charting a new course for water in Canada.

What do you say?

Is publicly-funded clean water research worth only $0.06 per Canadian? Is abandoning 99% of Canada's lakes and rivers acceptable? Should the risks of fracking be ignored? Is piping more oil and gas into the Great Lakes Basin a good thing?

Canada's water needs your voice. ...



HARPER MUST GO!

12:21PM PST on Nov 15, 2012

(continued - Harper is attacking Canada and Canadians on every front!)

This new legislation would leave 99.9% of Canada's rivers and 99.7% of lakes without federal protection, further eliminate important environmental assessments, and make it easier for industry to get approval for projects like Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline. Even the word “Waters” would be removed from the title of the Act.

Expand fracking operations. Fracking operations are booming across Canada. The controversial practice uses large amounts of water laced with toxic chemicals to extract trapped oil and gas from shale rock deep underground. Fracking brings serious human and environmental health risks, including the contamination of drinking water. While governments like France and Quebec are banning fracking due to these serious concerns, the Harper government is heading in the opposite direction.

By eliminating environmental reviews and refusing to enact safety standards, coupled with its push for pipelines such as the proposed Pacific Trail Pipeline in B.C. to carry fracked natural gas, the Harper government is sending a message to Canadians that it cares more about boosting the energy industry than about protecting your water.

Pipe more oil and gas through the Great Lakes Basin. Stephen Harper's vision of Canada as an "energy superpower" includes a renewed push for a west-east pipeline carrying Alberta tar sands to Sarnia, Ontario (on the shores of Lake Huron), past Hamilton

12:19PM PST on Nov 15, 2012

(continued - Harper is attacking Canada and Canadians on every front!)

BREAKING NEWS: iPolitics reports today that the federal government is in closed-door negotiations to transfer the management of the Experimental Lakes Area to the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), a non-profit organization that has ties to former Conservative governments and receives funding from Enbridge, Suncor, Alcan, Investors Group, World Bank, HSBC Bank of Canada, the International Council of Mining and Minerals and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. The IISD is not an acceptable institution to run ELA because of its deep ties to the very industry whose environmental impacts ELA must be able to monitor, independent of any interference or influence.

Abandon 99% of Canada's lakes and rivers from federal protection. The Harper government is on the verge of ramming yet another environmentally destructive piece of legislation through Parliament. Following the highly controversial passage of omnibus Bill C-38 this past spring, which brought sweeping changes to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and the Fisheries Act, omnibus Bill C-45 calls for fundamental changes to the Navigable Waters Protection Act.

This new legislation would leave 99.9% of Canada's rivers and 99.7% of lakes without federal protection, further eliminate important environmental assessments, and make it easier for industry to get approval for projects like Enbridge's Northern

12:16PM PST on Nov 15, 2012

Jim L., you are quoting a business article concerned with the protection of investors - not of Canadians or of the Canadian environment.

Oil companies should NOT be running the planet - the local people and nature should be!


More generally, I've just got this from the Council of Canadians:

... Canada's water is under threat like never before. From what, you ask? Our own federal government. At this very moment the Harper government is actively moving to:

Shut down scientific research on water. Since 1968, scientists at Canada's world-renowned freshwater Experimental Lakes Area (ELA) research centre have conducted groundbreaking studies on the impacts of human activities and chemical contamination on freshwater lakes and drinking water. ELA scientists are responsible for our understanding of acid rain, and continue research on critical issues such as climate change, fish populations, the health of lakes and the effects of mercury on fish and water.

In the federal budget earlier this year, the Harper government has decided it can no longer afford the $2 million (or $0.06 per Canadian) it costs to run the ELA annually. If you think that's ridiculous, consider that it will cost the government tens of millions of dollars to close down the facility!

BREAKING NEWS: iPolitics reports today that the federal government is in closed-door negotiations to transfer the management of the Experimental Lakes Area to the International Institute for Sustainable Development

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