Energy

Arctic oil spills likely to spread across borders: study
Publish Date: 28-JUL-2014 08:30 AM
World Wildlife Fund study used computer models to predict how oil spills would behave in Beaufort Sea. New research suggests a major oil spill in Canada's western Arctic would likely spread quickly and foul oceans around Alaska and possibly as far west as Russia. The research, funded by the World Wildlife Fund, comes as the National Energy Board prepares to consider blowout prevention plans in two separate proposals for offshore energy drilling. 
 
L’Arctique à risque (French)
Publish Date: 26-JUL-2014 10:26 AM
Si un déversement majeur de pétrole devait se produire dans l’ouest de l’océan Arctique au Canada, les répercussions environnementales pourraient se manifester jusqu’en Russie, selon une nouvelle étude. Ces conclusions sont présentées par la division canadienne du World Wildlife Fund (WWF) alors que l’Office national de l’énergie se prépare à étudier des scénarios préventionnistes pour deux projets distincts d’exploration de pétrole dans la mer de Beaufort menés par la Pétrolière impériale et Chevron. 
 
L’Office national de l’énergie ordonne à Enbridge de cesser des travaux (French)
Publish Date: 26-JUL-2014 10:16 AM
L’Office national de l’énergie (ONE) a ordonné à Enbridge de cesser ses travaux le long d’une canalisation située au Manitoba en raison de préoccupations relatives à la sécurité et à l’environnement. L’organisme fédéral a indiqué qu’une inspection de la canalisation courant entre l’Alberta et le Wisconsin, menée plus tôt ce mois-ci, avait permis de déceler plusieurs problèmes. 
 
Solar power surging to forefront of Canadian energy
Publish Date: 26-JUL-2014 10:11 AM
The Newboro project is part of a solar building boom under way across Ontario this summer, with construction crews active on about two dozen large solar projects. They will add to the more than 70 large solar farms already up and running all over the province. While that puts Canada among the top 10 countries of the world when it comes to the amount of solar installed, the planned and operational solar farms will contribute only about 1 per cent of Ontario’s power. Still, combined with other renewables such as wind, it is helping the province to wean itself away from fossil fuels, and close its coal-fired power plants. 
 
Sondage sur les enjeux énergétiques : la « propagande » d’Ottawa dénoncée (French)
Publish Date: 25-JUL-2014 08:59 AM
Le gouvernement conservateur de Stephen Harper a dépensé 145 000$ au cours de l'hiver dernier pour sonder les Canadiens sur l'un des dossiers de l'heure au pays, soit les enjeux énergétiques. Mais l'exercice est qualifié de «pure propagande» par l'opposition officielle à Ottawa. 
 
Règlement provincial sue l’eau potable : feu vert à Pétrolia (French)
Publish Date: 24-JUL-2014 10:05 AM
Québec vient d'adopter le règlement provincial sur l'eau potable réclamé à cor et à cri par Gaspé depuis deux ans. Moins sévère que celui de la municipalité, il a pour effet de donner le feu vert à Pétrolia pour forer Haldimand n° 4.  
 
Québec fixe enfin des règles (French)
Publish Date: 24-JUL-2014 09:54 AM
Québec a finalement dévoilé mercredi son règlement sur la protection de l’eau potable, une mesure qui confirme que Pétrolia pourra poursuivre ses forages dans la ville de Gaspé, malgré la controverse qu’ils suscitent. Le Règlement sur le prélèvement des eaux et leur protection (RPEP) fixe pour la première fois la distance « minimale » qui devra être respectée entre un site de forage et une source d’eau potable. Celle-ci devra être de 500 mètres. 
 
Energy regulator reviews easing Arctic drilling rules
Publish Date: 22-JUL-2014 10:16 AM
Canada’s national energy regulator is reviewing whether to ease longstanding safety rules surrounding deep water oil exploration in the Arctic. The National Energy Board announced the mid-summer review, potentially drifting from a long-standing Arctic policy still in effect in the United States that requires companies to drill emergency relief wells to contain spewing oil in case of a blowout. 
 
Records de chaleur planétaires (French only)
Publish Date: 22-JUL-2014 10:13 AM
De nouvelles données américaines confirment la hausse continue des températures et l’ampleur de la crise climatique. La dépendance de l’humanité aux énergies fossiles se reflète de plus en plus sur le thermomètre planétaire. De nouvelles données scientifiques publiées lundi révèlent en effet que les derniers mois ont battu des records historiques à la hausse, tant sur les continents qu’à la surface des océans. Un signal de plus de l’aggravation de la crise climatique. 
 
Québec mise sur l’éolien malgré le marché défavorable (French only)
Publish Date: 18-JUL-2014 11:48 AM
Même si l’achat d’énergie éolienne se fait à perte pour le Québec et dans un contexte d’importants surplus d’électricité, les libéraux entendent bien poursuivre le développement de la filière. Ils comptent d’ailleurs mandater un groupe de travail formé des « principaux acteurs de l’industrie » pour les conseiller sur la suite des choses. 
 
What do these PMs know that economists don’t?
Publish Date: 18-JUL-2014 11:41 AM
During Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s recent visit to Canada, Prime Minister Stephen Harper commented on climate change: “No matter what they say, no country is going to take actions that are going to deliberately destroy jobs and growth in their country. We are just a little more frank about that.” Mr. Abbott, having abolished Australia’s carbon tax, added: “I’ve always been against a carbon tax or an emissions trading scheme because it harms our economy without necessarily helping the environment.” These two prime ministers were saying that a theory we economists have studied all our working lives, based on knowledge that has been accumulated for a century, is all wrong. 
 
Politicians on attack after scientists call for more research into fracking
Publish Date: 16-JUL-2014 02:50 PM
Deputy premier Rich Coleman challenged Thursday the conclusions of a scientific panel into the environmental effect of shale gas development using fracking. The group of Canadian and U.S. scientists, appointed in 2011 by former federal environment minister Peter Kent to examine the sector's potential and risks across Canada, urge a cautionary, go-slow approach until more research is done on a relatively new sector. 
 
L’Australie abolit une taxe carbone (French)
Publish Date: 16-JUL-2014 02:44 PM
L'Australie a aboli jeudi une taxe carbone vivement critiquée par les groupes miniers notamment, instaurée il y a deux ans par le gouvernement travailliste pour réduire les émissions carbone et lutter contre le changement climatique. 
 
NEB to delay decision on Trans Mountain pipeline
Publish Date: 15-JUL-2014 02:40 PM
The National Energy Board will delay its final recommendation on the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project by almost seven months because of proposed route changes by the company. 
 
First Nations critical of oilsands biodiversity
Publish Date: 07-JUL-2014 08:55 AM
A report showing plant and animal life in the oilsands region is flourishing at more than 80 per cent compared to undisturbed areas is raising eyebrows among those conducting a First Nations community monitoring program downstream. Bruce Maclean, research coordinator for the Mikisew Cree First Nation and head of Fort Chipewyan’s community-based water monitoring efforts, said the report does not accurately reflect what’s happening on the ground in First Nations communities downstream of the oilsands. 
 
Keystone XL: un discours de John Baird a semé la panique à Ottawa (French)
Publish Date: 27-JUN-2014 08:20 AM
Un récent discours livré à Washington lors duquel le ministre canadien des Affaires étrangères John Baird a demandé des développements rapides dans le dossier de l'oléoduc Keystone XL semble avoir provoqué beaucoup d'anxiété à Ottawa.  
 
Canada needs to take a long-term approach to oil and its alternatives
Publish Date: 13-JUN-2014 03:37 PM
While Canadian politicians lobby other countries to take our oil and gas through pipelines, rail and northern shipping routes, science museums across the country are showcasing a cleaner energy future. Canada is clearly an oil producing country. With more than $150 billion invested in oil sands development and billions more in fracking natural gas, we are rapidly becoming the Saudi Arabia of North America. The Athabasca oil sands project alone is the third-largest reserve in the world, with production expected to reach 6.4 million barrels a day by 2030. According to the Alberta government's own documents, the province can expect $350 billion in royalties and $122 billion in tax revenue over the next 25 years. This massive short-term gain from selling off our natural resources is what our government is counting on to keep the economy strong. But what about the long-term?  
 
U.S. urges Canada to act on climate change
Publish Date: 03-JUN-2014 08:11 AM
As President Barack Obama unveiled the first major regulations to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions in the United States, his ambassador in Ottawa urged Canada to do the same and take action to combat climate change. It is a reminder to Prime Minister Stephen Harper of the political challenge he now faces: His chief climate-change policy has been to match U.S. action, but now the Americans are getting more aggressive, and publicly suggesting Canada act too. U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman, in his first speech since taking office in April, noted the U.S. move unveiled Monday to cut emissions from coal plants by 30 per cent by 2030. And then he called for more action, including on Canada’s fastest-growing source of emissions, oil production. 
 
300 scientists slam “flawed” review of Enbridge pipeline
Publish Date: 03-JUN-2014 08:08 AM
Some 300 scientists are urging Prime Minister Stephen Harper to reject a report that recommended approval of a major oil pipeline to the west coast of British Columbia, describing it as a “flawed analysis” that downplayed key environmental impacts. Following lengthy hearings, a review panel last December recommended approving the project – a 1,177 pipeline network, proposed by energy company Enbridge, that would send 525,000 barrels per day of bitumen, the heavy oil from Alberta’s oilsands, to Kitimat, B.C. The panel recommended 209 conditions be attached to the project approval. But the scientists, led by Kai Chan, an associate professor and principal investigator at the University of British Columbia’s Connecting Human and Natural Systems Lab, sent Harper a letter on Monday concluding that the review’s final report wasn’t balanced and had five major flaws that made it “indefensible.” 
 
Energy Wars: First Nations group says process to expand oilsands 'like an environmental horror story’
Publish Date: 02-JUN-2014 08:06 AM
They call themselves “the people of the land of the willow” and have survived for thousands of years hunting, fishing and trapping along the Athabasca River in northern Alberta. But today the 1,200 members of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) are caught up in one of the largest industrial developments on the face of the planet — the expansion of the sprawling, land-devouring oilsands operations intended to produce 5.2 million barrels of oil a day by 2030. The oilsands boom is seen by petroleum companies and the Harper government as essential to Canada’s future economic strength. But to the ACFN, it means something entirely different: Troubling cancer rates, contamination of vital waterways and damage to their homeland, livelihood and culture.