Getting off oil a moral issue, top U.S. politician says

OTTAWA — Getting off oil and fighting climate change is a moral issue, U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi told Canadian environmentalists and aboriginal leaders on Thursday.

In a private meeting hosted at the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa, the stakeholders said Pelosi listened carefully to their warnings about the impact of development in the Alberta oilsands, and assured them that energy and climate issues were a priority for the U.S. Government.

The comments follow a Wednesday night dinner that the U.S. officials hosted for several Canadian premiers and federal cabinet ministers.

Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach said he also felt reassured after the dinner that the U.S. would not completely turn away from Canadian energy exports.... Read more »

Sierra Club Canada joins with No Tar Sands Oil Network on letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on her trip to Canada

Sierra Club Canada joined with the No Tar Sands Oil network group on a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming Chair Edward Markey in preparation for their September 2010 trip to Canada. The letter thanks them for their efforts to transition the United States to a clean energy future. It also highlights the importance of stopping the Keystone XL pipeline so as to stop America's increasing addiction to the world's dirtiest oil... so that a clean, just, energy future can be possible.

Are Alberta's Oilsands Developments Illegal?

Results from a study led by University of Alberta scientists, published Aug. 30 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) (www.pnas.org), show that mercury, arsenic, lead, cadmium and other metals toxic at trace levels are showing up in the Athabasca River watershed in the area of Alberta's oilsands projects.

This evidence contradicts results from the Regional Aquatic Monitoring Program (RAMP), which studies impacts of the oilsands on the region's watersheds. RAMP consistently reports negligible increases in pollutants compared to natural background levels. Based on this evidence, industry and the Alberta government take the view that pollutants in the region's watershed come from natural sources, not the oilsands developments.... Read more »

Study Finds Actual Bird Deaths May Be 77 Times Higher Than Industry Numbers

EDMONTON — A new study co-authored by an Alberta researcher suggests the number of bird deaths in the province's northern oilsands tailings ponds is up to 77 times higher than industry estimates.

Kevin Timoney, an Edmonton-area ecologist with Treeline Ecological Research, said between 458 and 5,029 birds die each year — about 2,000 on average — after landing in tailings ponds filled with hydrocarbons, brine, silts, clays, heavy metals, bitumen, ammonia and naphthenic acids.

Industry reports suggest an average of 65 birds die each year, but Timoney said the industry doesn't monitor the tailings ponds at night — when some birds may sink out of sight — and doesn't provide mortality rates outside the spring and fall migrations.... Read more »

Elder Dr. Daniel Paul to speak at eco-gathering regarding concerns of Boat Harbour


Media Advisory

For Immediate Release - Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010


Pictou County, NS- The Nova Scotia Environmental Network is co-hosting its annual gathering from Friday, Sept. 10 to Sunday Sept. 12 at Stoneham Chalets in Scotsburn, Pictou County with the Sierra Club Atlantic and Pictou County Watershed Coalition. The theme of the gathering is Woods, Water, Work: Getting Out What We Put In.

The Sunday keynote speaker is Dr. Daniel Paul, author of “We Were Not the Savages” and recipient of numerous awards recognizing his contribution to First Nations history and environmental justice, including the Orders of Canada and Nova Scotia as well as the 2007 Grand Chief Donald Marshall Sr. Memorial Elder Award. Dr. Paul will speak extensively about the history and current concerns of Boat Harbour.... Read more »

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