I saw this imagery of smoke from the Fort McMurray fire spreading over the continent and thought, how apt. Fort McMurray's ashes are spreading across Canada, and we are all sharing in the grief, but Canadians generosity and support is spreading back to Alberta at light speed.
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.
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...
Today the Auditor General of Manitoba, Merwan Saher, blasted the provincial government for not requiring oilsands companies to cough up enough cash in advance in order to clean up and remediate affected landscapes once the last batch of crude has been shipped out.
What about parts of the natural environment that are distanced from direct exposure to the extractive industry? What about damages that occur far downstream? What about a commitment to preserving livelihoods that aren't dependent on ‘individual property’, but on traditional territory and healthy ecosystems?
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.
The casual skimmer of the Edmonton Journal might see this headline and think impure thoughts. 'Trail-blazing aboriginal doctor worries Fort Chipewyan residents not ready for major lifestyle change' may seem, to the uninformed masses, like Fort Chipewyan needs a major attitude adjustment about their health. Everyone knows that aboriginal communities struggle with smoking, diabetes, drug use, lack of physical activity and poor food choices, right? Fort Chip is no different? Wrong.
APTN's InFocus features the Environmental and Human Health Implications of Athabasca Oil Sands health study that links environmental contaminants, from regional development like the oilsands, with the degrading health of local communities.