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Schindler and co. blast shuttering of AEMERA

David Schindler and 7 other prominent scientists have come together to call bullshit on Boothe's report and minister Phillip's decision. While Boothe called it a 'failed three year experiment,' the scientists helpfully point out that it inherited a hoarder's level of baggage from former versions of the program and it was unfair to hold them responsible for this, as they hadn't adequate time to clean the mess.
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Another environmental monitoring scheme up in smoke without warning

I ask this only half ironically, but do First Nations need their own spy agency to stay on top of two-faced government intelligence?
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Rick Mercrer Rants, Props Up Fallacy

Rick Mercer has called out the Montreal mayor for rejecting Energy East. Mayor Denis Coderre explained in the Montreal Gazette and other outlets that he is against the 1 million barrel a day pipeline due to it’s threats to the environment, drinking...
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See ya CEMA

Alberta’s NDP unceremoniously cut ties with CEMA, an organization the previous government formed, over the Christmas holidays. This kind of heartache belongs in a holiday song. Last Christmas, we gave you a grant. N.D.P. won, and then yanked it back! This year, to...
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Dusty Roads and Drying Deltas: Water Restrictions Spell Danger for the PAD

The Alberta Energy Regulator is so concerned about the low water levels on the Athabasca River, it has blocked temporary diversion permits across the region. This means that bridges aren't being cleaned, dust isn't being sprayed down, and drilling operations will need to secure another source of water instead of pumping it out of the river.
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Accidents Happen

Two recent accidents in the resource extraction industry show conclusively that no matter what preventative measures are in place, two things are guarantees: First, accidents happen. Second, it is the ecosystems and communities downstream that suffer.
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River Roundup: Media Includes First Nation in National Discourse

We're pleased that the national media have included Fort McMurray First Nation in the discussion around Canada's largest oil spill. Here's a non-exhaustive list of articles that focused on the Peoples of this traditional territory.
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Canada’s Largest Oil Spill on First Nation’s Doorstep

Canada’s largest oil spill happened right next to Fort Mcmurray #468 First Nation. According to a hastily prepared official press release, Fort McMurray First Nation”is extremely concerned about the magnitude of the pipeline spill at the CNOOC Nexen Long Lake Facility that...
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Earthquakes Spook Animals Too!

This interesting story linking fracking with earthquakes missed an important question: what effect does it have on the wildlife? We can expect that burrows will collapse, killing the critters inside. Earthquakes have been shown to spook animals, vacating them from breeding areas and even causing them to tremble or not eat up to a day afterwards. These are yet another set of questions that remain unanswered in the pursuit of energy and profits.
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You gotta play the game to stay in the game, these worried oil producers are bleating. Lower gas prices today will cripple investment in our expensive oil. Then foreign energy will surprise attack us all with outrageously gas high prices. Could they be worse than what we were already paying, I wonder? This should serve as a reminder that in the long term, alternative energies and systems are a better bet.
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