River Roundup: What’s ruining our rivers this week?

Just how much is the oil price drop hurting oil sands projects?

Unless you live in the north, you have probably been enjoying a reprieve from high gasoline prices. With oil prices dropping to the lowest point in recent memory, the economic sustainability of the oil sands has been called into question. According to one analyst, other factors are floating the megaproject, and the viability of the Keystone XL pipeline.

 

Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan has Declared War on Kinder Morgan

Recently re-elected Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan was unimpressed with the oil spill mess Kinder Morgan caused in 2007, and has now declared all out war on Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain expansion. The existing line is 60 years old and Kinder Morgan wants to increase flow three-fold. Dozens of protesters have been arrested since November 20th.

 

Study links fracking to earthquakes

Whos’ got two thumbs and is worried about micro quakes on tailings ponds? This guy! New research shows that  fracking is correlated with an increase in earthquakes. While they register around a magnitude of 3, which is imperceptible to most humans, I expect that smaller creatures will sense them. Check out this video of a dog sensing an earthquake moments before it happens, and then think of all the four legged in the boreal forest that might be freaked out similarly.

 

Alberta First Nations sue Feds over B.C. dam project

Site C be dammed: Two First Nations in Fort Chipewyan are launching a legal suit against Site C dam in British Columbia. They are still reeling from the changes wrought by the Bennet Dam 60 years ago and aren’t willing to face the same, preventable disaster another time round. Check out the excerpt below from One River Many Relations about the lasting effects of low water on the Peace Athabasca Delta.

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About Michael Tyas

Michael Tyas is the managing editor of One River News. He graduated the University of Manitoba with an honours degree in environmental studies, and is a professional videographer and video trainer. He produced the feature length documentary "One River, Many Relations" in Fort Chipewyan. He continues to work with indigenous communities to share their stories around resource extraction, industrial development, and impacts on traditional territories.
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