Late Wednesday evening, the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) released its long-awaited report Environmental Impacts of Shale Gas Extraction in Canada. If there is a consistent message throughout the report, it is this: we do not know enough about fracking.
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I came home on Sunday evening from an awesome weekend in New Brunswick learning more about fracking, meeting with allies, and being inspired by the amazing work of our chapters in the Atlantic and the incredible opposition to fracking in New Brunswick
Monday, April 14, 2014 is the deadline for comments on the Alberta Clipper pipeline to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC). It is critical that the MPUC hear your concerns about how Line 67 will impact your community as well as the Great Lakes!
Tomorrow is World Water Day! Here are some actions and events that highlight the importance of water and ideas on how we can stand up to protect our community’s water.
If you've been following the news on fracking on social media, you will have likely come across a big story about a lawsuit against fracking in Denton County, Texas. And a key spokesperson against the project is ExxonMobil's CEO Rex Tillerson. The Council of Canadians wanted to provide some tips to Mr. Tillerson about how to fight fracking in his community. Here's the letter we sent him. (Photo from US Uncut: https://www.facebook.com/usauncut)
Last month the Ontario Ministry of Environment released regulations to follow through on their commitment to fund the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA). The Council of Canadians made a submission today in support of the regulations and the Ontario government's bold move while calling on the Ontario government to ensure that the research remains independent from industry influence and to continue to press the federal government to reinstate funding for the ELA.
With the Harper government’s sustained cuts to water protection, the hope that Finance Minister Jim Flaherty would announce the necessary funds to fulfill its federal water responsibilities seemed bleak on Tuesday afternoon.
While water protection has consistently been low on the Harper government’s priority list, Canadians and indigenous communities witnessed an all out assault on water protections with the 2012 omnibudget bills. The bills gutted the Fisheries Act, removed protections from 99% of lakes and rivers under the former Navigable Water Protections Act and amended the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act in such a way that cancelled 3,000 environmental assessments.
That year the government also eliminated the National Round table on the Environment and Economy and refused to continue to fund the Experimental Lakes Area, a world renowned research facility.
The opposition to the expansion of the Alberta Clipper transporting tar sands oil from Hardisty, Alberta to Superior, Wisconsin continues to grow.
Last week over a dozen U.S. environmental organizations sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry calling for the Alberta Clipper and Keystone XL to be reviewed together.
In a media release, the Saskatchewan Environmental Society warned that “Fortune Minerals is proposing construction of a metal processing plant near Langham, SK. This proposal involves use of highly hazardous chemicals and the burying on-site of 2.8 million tonnes of arsenic-containing waste.”