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Nenshi’s oilsands stance is like telling people to go canoeing during a flood

Is it a Harper-like strategy or a big let down? Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi has won praises from progressive voices since he surprisingly snatched the mayor’s seat in 2010, but recent statements are putting him at odds with the environmental community.
 By: Raphael Lopoukhine @blogokhine Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi has won praises from progressive voices since he surprisingly snatched the mayor’s seat in 2010, but recent sta… http://thecaen.ca/i-deas/nenshis-oilsands-stance-is-like-telling-people-to-go-canoeing-during-a-flood/

Alberta auditor general finds biofuels incentive may have added more GHGs

Broken Alberta’s auditor general says Alberta awarded biofuel subsidies without checking to see if applicants would reduce overall emissions. The department might be awarding grants to biofuel producers who generate more greenhouse gas emissions tha…
Alberta’s auditor general says Alberta awarded biofuel subsidies without checking to see if applicants would reduce overall emissions. The department might be awarding gra… http://thecaen.ca/main-streams/alberta-auditor-general-finds-biofuels-incentive-may-have-added-more-ghgs/

Greenpeace activists climb tallest building in Britain to protest Arctic drilling

Arctic Climb Six Greenpeace activists are climbing the tallest building in Western Europe to hang a banner opposing Arctic oil drilling. The all women climbers are from Britain, Canada, Sweden, Poland, the Netherlands and Belgium. The building faces t…
Six Greenpeace activists are climbing the tallest building in Western Europe to hang a banner opposing Arctic oil drilling. The all women climbers are from Britain, Canada… http://thecaen.ca/main-streams/greenpeace-activists-climb-tallest-building-in-britain-to-protest-arctic-drilling/

N.B nuclear plant costs soar

Balooning Refurbishing the Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating station in New Brunswick could cost as much as $3.3 billion, jumping more than $1 billion in costs. High labour costs for specialists and technical problems have expanded timelines by three …
Refurbishing the Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating station in New Brunswick could cost as much as $3.3 billion, jumping more than $1 billion in costs. High labour costs for… http://thecaen.ca/main-streams/n.b-nuclear-plant-costs-soar/

Shell’s Jackpine oilsands project conditionally approved despite significant impacts

Jack’s Oil A joint review panel conditionally approved Shell’s jackpine tar sands mine expansion despite the noted adverse environmental effects. The panel said the project 70 kilometres north of Fort McMurray would have significant adverse impacts an…
A joint review panel conditionally approved Shell’s jackpine tar sands mine expansion despite the noted adverse environmental effects. The panel said the project 70 kilome… http://thecaen.ca/main-streams/shells-jackpine-oilsands-project-conditionally-approved-despite-significant-impacts/

Environmental impact of Lac-Mégantic disaster unknown

Railandish The train derailment disaster in the Quebec town of Lac-Mégantic dumped some 100,000 litres of oil into the Chaudière River, but officials do not yet know what type of oil was spilt. If it was heavy oil then the water ecosystem and fish wi…
The train derailment disaster in the Quebec town of Lac-Mégantic dumped some 100,o00 litres of oil into the Chaudière River, but officials do not yet know what type of oil wa… http://thecaen.ca/main-streams/environmental-impact-of-lac-megantic-disaster-unknown/

Focus on getting off instead of importing more oil to the Maritimes, says expert

Oilandish With increased focus on the dangers of importing oil by rail or pipeline, the Atlantic region should be focused on reducing oil consumption rather than increasing imports, says Larry Hughes, a professor at Dalhousie University who studies ene…
With increased focus on the dangers of importing oil by rail or pipeline, the Atlantic region should be focused on reducing oil consumption rather than increasing imports, sa… http://thecaen.ca/main-streams/focus-on-getting-off-instead-of-importing-more-oil-to-the-maritimes-says-expert/

Oil by rail grew by 28,000 per cent since 2009

Railandia While a Quebec town is coming to terms with a massive blast caused by a derailed train carrying oil, the rail-by-oil business has been booming – expanding 28,000 per cent over the past five years. The cost-effective alternative to tight pi…
While a Quebec town is coming to terms with a massive blast caused by a derailed train carrying oil, the rail-by-oil business has been booming – expanding 28,000 per cent ove… http://thecaen.ca/main-streams/oil-by-rail-grew-by-28000-per-cent-since-2009/

Alberta First Nation finds oil slick on Athabasca River; as hundreds walk against the tar sands

Longest Road The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation is asking the Alberta government to investigate a giant oil slick on the Athabasca River about 60 kilometres north of Fort McMurray. The First Nation reported the sheen was 100 kiometres in length, but…
The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation is asking the Alberta government to investigate a giant oil slick on the Athabasca River about 60 kilometres north of Fort McMurray. T… http://thecaen.ca/main-streams/alberta-first-nation-finds-oil-slick-on-athabasca-river-as-hundreds-walk-against-the-tar-sands/

Co-op to turn Toronto zoo manure into energy

Rhino Power The ZooShare Biogas Co-operative is building a small power plant on the grounds of the Toronto Zoo to turn animal and grocery store waste into electricity. The currently 120-member co-op signed a 20-year deal to sell electricity to the Ont…
The ZooShare Biogas Co-operative is building a small power plant on the grounds of the Toronto Zoo to turn animal and grocery store waste into electricity. The currently 1… http://thecaen.ca/main-streams/co-op-to-turn-toronto-zoo-manure-into-energy/

Alberta pledges $5 billion to east-west pipeline; and puts Plains Midstream on watch

Five Billion The Alberta government has pledged $5 billion to TransCanada’s proposed Energy East pipeline conversion to bring tar sands crude to Quebec and New Brunswick. If approved and built, the province would pay an estimated $5 billion in tolls o…
The Alberta government has pledged $5 billion to TransCanada’s proposed Energy East pipeline conversion to bring tar sands crude to Quebec and New Brunswick. If approved a… http://thecaen.ca/main-streams/alberta-pledges-5-billion-to-east-west-pipeline-and-puts-plains-midstream-on-watch/

Halifax Media Co-op reporter arrested at fracking protest

Busted A Halifax Media Co-op reporter was arrested at an anti-fracking protest in New Brunswick where residents of the Elsipogtog First Nation are blocking seismic testing for shale gas. So far 33 people have been arrested on Highway 126 where protes…
A Halifax Media Co-op reporter was arrested at an anti-fracking protest in New Brunswick where residents of the Elsipogtog First Nation are blocking seismic testing for shale… http://thecaen.ca/main-streams/halifax-media-co-op-reporter-arrested-at-fracking-protest/

Fracking for oil growing in Manitoba

Frackitoba Manitoba is developing new rules to govern the increasing use of hydraulic fracturing in oil operations in the province. The province is looking to require companies report via an on-line portal what type and quantity of chemicals are used…
Manitoba is developing new rules to govern the increasing use of hydraulic fracturing in oil operations in the province. The province is looking to require companies repor… http://thecaen.ca/main-streams/fracking-for-oil-growing-in-manitoba/

DFO quietly reports Canada’s oceans are acidifying; as the feds fail to release oil and gas emission rules

Fail A report quietly added to Fisheries and Oceans’ website says Atlantic waters may be particularly vulnerable to ocean acidification as a result of an increase in greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere. Acidification could hurt the Canadian ec…
A report quietly added to Fisheries and Oceans’ website says Atlantic waters may be particularly vulnerable to ocean acidification as a result of an increase in greenhouse ga… http://thecaen.ca/main-streams/dfo-quietly-reports-canadas-oceans-are-acidifying-as-the-feds-fail-to-release-oil-and-gas-emission-rules/

Industry developing more environmentally friendly fracking technology

Drop In The… With public opposition growing to the extensive fracking operations across North America, some companies have sought to develop more environmentally friendly technology. One of the problems with Fracking is the use of toxic chemicals to ex…
With public opposition growing to the extensive fracking operations across North America, some companies have sought to develop more environmentally friendly technology. One … http://thecaen.ca/main-streams/industry-developing-more-environmentally-friendly-fracking-technology/

Alberta conducts rolling blackouts from intense heat

Mad Max? Following Alberta’s floods has come intense heat, breaking temperature and energy consumption records and forcing officials to conduct rolling blackouts. Alberta Electrical System Operator issued a Level 3 emergency as the electrical system…
Following Alberta’s floods has come intense heat, breaking temperature and energy consumption records and forcing officials to conduct rolling blackouts. Alberta Electrica… http://thecaen.ca/main-streams/alberta-conducts-rolling-blackouts-from-intense-heat/

TransCanada’s alternative energy portfolio grows with Ontario solar farm

Solarline TransCanada Corp. is known for its effort to build the Keystone XL pipeline, but with its first of nine solar power facilities coming online in Ontario, its alternative energy portfolio is growing. TransCanada’s solar plants under constructi…
TransCanada Corp. is known for its effort to build the Keystone XL pipeline, but with its first of nine solar power facilities coming online in Ontario, its alternative energ… http://thecaen.ca/main-streams/transcanadas-alternative-energy-portfolio-grows-with-ontario-solar-farm/

Seaweed-based ethanol emits up to 80 per cent fewer GHGs than corn ethanol, says study

Sea Power A new study reveals seaweed-based ethanol releases 80 per cent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than corn-based ethanol, while also not using any arable land or fresh water. Low carbon fuel standards came into effect on July 1 requiring renewa…
A new study reveals seaweed-based ethanol releases 80 per cent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than corn-based ethanol, while also not using any arable land or fresh water. … http://thecaen.ca/main-streams/seaweed-based-ethanol-emits-up-to-80-per-cent-fewer-ghgs-than-corn-ethanol-says-study/

Major industrial projects for Kitimat raising pollution concerns

Kitimatters The B.C government’s plan to build several liquefied natural gas plants in Kitimat is being done without understanding the capacity of the air shed to handle the large amounts of pollution, said Douw Steyn, professor of Earth and Ocean Scie…
The B.C government’s plan to build several liquefied natural gas plants in Kitimat is being done without understanding the capacity of the air shed to handle the large amount… http://thecaen.ca/main-streams/major-industrial-projects-for-kitimat-raising-pollution-concerns/

Cenovus buys recycled CO2 from SaskPower

Waste-2-Oil Cenovus Energy has agreed to purchase waste carbon dioxide from SaskPower’s Boundary Dam Integrated Carbon Capture and Storage Demonstration Project to use in nearby oil recovery operations 70 kilometres away. Read it all at the Leader Post…
Cenovus Energy has agreed to purchase waste carbon dioxide from SaskPower’s Boundary Dam Integrated Carbon Capture and Storage Demonstration Project to use in nearby oil reco… http://thecaen.ca/main-streams/cenovus-buys-recycled-co2-from-saskpower1/

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