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Are We Drawing the Right Lessons from the Gulf Oil Disaster?
2010-05-03
Richard Martin
We are already hearing calls from environmentalists for a moratorium on oil drilling and exploration in coastal zones, with a definite "I told you so" attitude. Unfortunately, that would be drawing pr...
NEB Hearings start in Toronto today, here's what they won't be hearing
2013-10-16
Canadian Voice of Women for Peace
A banner drop and a series of gagged protestors demonstrated what is being left out of the National Energy Board (NEB) hearings that are taking place this week in Toronto. The subject of the hearings ...
Sometimes You Need to Micromanage
2010-08-04
Richard Martin
Micromanagement is a bugbear in most organizations. Despite the bad reputation of micromanagement, I think it is often missing in organizations.

Sources Select Resources

Alarm sounded as TransCanada set to drill in Bay of Fundy
O'Keefe, Derrick
Article
2015
Ricochet
An open letter was released by 20 groups in New Brunswick opposed to TransCanada's plans to begin drilling in the Bay of Fundy. The procedure has the potential to hurt resident's foundations and drink...
Anatomy of the Oil States - book Review
Against The Current vol. 157
Article
2012
Against The Current
It's taken for granted that the upheavals in much of the Middle East — and great-power decisions about which conflicts are worthy of “humanitarian intervention” and/or “regime change” — have a lot to ...
Arsenic-Laced Coffee is Good for You
Would You Like Sugar With That?
Brasch, Walter
Article
2014
Counterpunch.org
The Environmental Protection Agency, in 2013, identified about 1,000 chemicals that the oil and gas industry uses in fracking operations, most of them carcinogens at the strengths they shove into the ...
Bakken Business
The price of North Dakota's fracking boom
Manning, Richard
Article
2013
Harper's Magazine
Manning the widespread fracking in the Bakken formation (North Dakota), and the environmental and social repercussions it causes.
Big Oil's Ethical Violence
BP and the Armed Suppression of Dissent in Colombia
Coleman, Lara Montesinos
Article
2015
CounterPunch
To challenge impunity is not just to attempt to confine abuses to the past. It serves to expose crimes committed, to preserve memory of the past within the present, and to highlight contradictions bet...
Boom for whom? The Canadian Impacts of the Tar Sands
Article
2011
Council of Canadians
A summary of the devasting impacts of the tar sands as they affect the different regions of Canada.
Canada Is Now To Climate What Japan Is To Whaling
Monbiot, George
Article
2009
Here I am, watching the astonishing spectacle of a beautiful, cultured nation turning itself into a corrupt petro-state. Canada is slipping down the development ladder, retreating from a complex, dive...
Canadian lawyers and Chevron's court battle over environmental damage in Ecuador
Iler, Kirsten
Article
2014
rabble.ca
A storm of controversy erupted amongst Canadian lawyers when the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) decided to intervene in Chevron's appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada. The appeal is part of Chevron's...
Chevron Whistleblower Videos Show Deliberate Falsification Of Evidence In Ecuador Oil Pollution Trial
Gaworecki,Mike
Article
2015
DeSmog
Chevron lost the lawsuit filed against the company by Indigenous villagers who say Texaco, which merged with Chevron, left hundreds of open, unlined pits full of toxic oil waste in the Amazon rainfore...
Chevron Wins Latest Round in Ecuador Pollution Case
Lobe, Jim
Article
2014
Inter Press Service
In the latest twist in a 21-year-old environmental pollution case, a U.S. federal judge Tuesday ruled that the victims of massive oil spillage and their U.S. attorney could not collect on a nine-billi...
Citizen-Journalist Fined for Telling the Truth
Brasch, Walter
Article
2015
Dissident Voice
The story of an injunction against against a journalist who dared to tell the truth.
Connexions Library: Environment Focus
Website
Connexions Information Sharing Serivces
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on environment, ecology, climate change, pollution, and land use.
Death on the Bakken shale
Film/Video
2015
Al Jazeera
North Dakota's fracking industry has the highest worker fatality rates in the US. Why are so many dying and who should be held responsible?
Dirty Water, Dirtier Practices
Ecuador's Battle with Texaco's Legacy Pollution
Ospina, Hernando Calvo
Article
2014
Le Monde Diplomatique
Texaco (now owned by Chevron) left polluted soil and ground water after 20 years of oil extraction in the Amazon in Ecuador. The legal claims and counter-claims over responsibility and reparation cont...
Edelman's TransCanada Astroturf Documents Expose Oil Industry's Broad Attack on Public Interest
Demelle, Brendan
Article
2014
Desmogblog
The Edelman strategy documents and work proposals outline a "grassroots advocacy" campaign plan to build support for TransCanada's Energy East pipeline as well as to undermine public opposition to oil...
$88 billion a year in subsidies for climate disaster
Global governments spend more than double what energy companies invest to find new regions for oil and gas drilling, despite climate change
Prupis, Nadia
Article
2014
Climate & Capitalism
Despite pledging in 2009 to phase out public subsidies for the fossil fuel industry, G20 countries have disregarded those promises and are currently spending $88 billion a year in taxpayer money to fu...
Fossil Fuel Industry Benefits from $20 Billion in Subsidies in the U.S.
Horn, Steve
Article
2015
DeSmogBlog
A new joint investigative report by Oil Change International and the Overseas Development Institute reveals that, in the United States alone, the fossil fuel industry has benefited from over $20 billi...
Fossil fuels subsidised by $10m a minute, says IMF
Carrington,Damian
Article
2015
The Guardian
Fossil fuel companies are benefitting from global subsidies of $5.3tn (£3.4tn) a year, equivalent to $10m a minute every day.
Fracking Hell
The environmental costs of the new US gas drilling boom
EFU Film
Film/Video
2014
Ecologist Film Unit
The gas stored in the Marcellus Shale formation is the subject of desperate drilling to secure US domestic energy supplies. But the process involved - hydraulic fracturing - is the focus of a bitter d...
Fracking Indigenous Country
Big Green, Sun Media and Elsipogtog
Stainsby, Macdonald
Article
2013
CounterPunch
Police attack the Mi’kmaq community of Elsipogtog in New Brunswick.
Future dustbowl? Fracking ravages Great Plains land and water
Radford,Tim
Article
2015
Ecologist
The fracking boom has caused massive vegetation loss over North America's rangelands, as 3 million hectares have been occupied by oil and gas infrastructure and 34 billion cubic metres of water have b...
How Big Oil Plans to Win Ugly in New York
Leaked Transcript from PR Maven Shows Energy Companies will be Told to Make the Fight Against Fracking Opponents Personal
Federman, Adam
Article
2014
CounterPunch
A PR firm well known for its hardball tactics in defense of Big Tobacco will deliver the keynote address at tonight’s Independent Oil and Gas Association conference.
Huge Pipeline Company Kinder Morgan Hired Off-Duty Cops to 'Deter Protests' in Pennsylvania
Brown, Alleen
Article
2015
The Intercept
Kinder Morgan, the self-proclaimed "largest energy infrastructure company in North America," paid $50,000 for off-duty police officers from a Pennsylvania department to patrol a controversial gas pipe...
I'll bet you didn't know you own billions of dollars in coal stocks
Fillmore, Nick
Article
2016
A Different Point of View
Exposing the investments and other involvements of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board in the fossil fuel industry.
Just the Beginning of Canada's Filthy Tar Sands
A Qualitative Jump Down a Black Hole
Stainsby, Macdonald
Article
2013
CounterPunch
The technology used in Canada's tar sands will be used to open up other potential oil deposits that could more than double all know oil reserves. The disaster threatens to keep expanding.
Letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau regarding Line 9
Climate Change and the Line 9B Reversal Project
Article
2015
A letter from community organizations in southern Ontario and Quebec, impacted Indigenous communities, and national organizations that would like to express adamant opposition to the recent 'Leave to ...
Lockdown: the end of growth in the tar sands
MacKinnon, Hannah
Article
2015
Oil Change International
Climate change is here and now. And if world leaders had heeded scientific warnings 30 years ago, 20 years ago, 10 years ago, or even as recently as the Copenhagen climate conference in 2009 -- it's p...
Oil and Gas Industry's "Endless War" on Fracking Critics Revealed by Rick Berman
Kelly, Sharon
Article
2014
Desmogblog
Leave it to Washington's top attack-dog lobbyist Richard Berman to verify what many always suspected: that the oil and gas industry uses dirty tricks to undermine science, vilify its critics and discr...
The oil war
Sérén, Jean-Pierre
Article
2013
Le Monde diplomatique
Declassified documents now reveal what everybody, especially the Iraqis, always knew: the US invaded Iraq to secure its oil supplies for US and allied companies. It hasn't quite worked out as planned.
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - April 23, 2016
Science and its enemies
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2016
Connexions
Our society and its institutions, public and private, regularly tell us that science, and education in the sciences, are crucial to our future. These public declarations are strangely reminiscent of t...
Pipeline Company Paid Pennsylvania Police Department to 'Deter Protests'
Federman, Adam
Article
2015
Counter Punch
Between June and October 2013, Kinder Morgan, the largest energy infrastructure company in North America, paid a local Pennsylvania police department more than $50,000 to patrol a controversial pipeli...
Pungesti, Romania: people versus Chevron and riot police
Summerchild, Alex
Article
2013
The Ecologist
Pungesti is at the terrifying front line of Romania's resource war - where villagers are fighting off rapacious corporations and their private army of violent riot police, backed by corrupt politician...
The Real Cost of Fracking: How America's Shale Gas Boom Is Threatening Our Families, Pets, and Food
Wilson, Allison
Article
2014
Independent Science News
Many fracking chemicals are known carcinogens, endocrine disruptors or other classes of toxins. Studies carried out during the ongoing fracking boom, uncovered serious adverse effects including respir...
Reversing Enbridge & Big Oil's Pipeline Plans
Nelson, Joyce
Article
2015
Nelson, Joyce
The National Academy of Sciences is skewering the industry's 'oil is oil' talking point -- making it clear that diluted bitumen is a different beast altogether and needs to be treated as such. The ago...
Romania - a Peasants' Revolt against Fracking
Wickens, Jim; Paraic O'Brien, Paraic
Article
2014
Ecologist
Earthquakes and poisoned wells are setting off a revolt against fracking in Romania, revealing deep fault lines between the rural heartlands and the urban political elite.
Study: Fracking, Not Just Fracking Wastewater Injection, Causing Earthquakes in Western Canada
Horn, Steve
Article
2016
Desmog
A groundbreaking study published in Seismological Research Letters has demonstrated a link between hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") for oil and gas and earthquakes.
Tar sands campaigners are Canada's new 'terrorists'
Dolack, Pete
Article
2015
The Ecologist
Canada's Harper government has targeted as a new crime being a member of an 'anti-Canadian petroleum movement', and equating such a stance with terrorism.
Top Shale Fracking Executive: We Won't Frack the Rich
Kelly, Sharon
Article
2016
Desmog
Fracking companies deliberately keep their wells away from the "big houses" of wealthy and potentially influential people, a top executive from one of the country's most prominent shale drilling compa...
TransCanada hires controversial PR firm to derail opposition to Energy East pipeline
Patterson, Brent
Article
2014
rabble.ca
There are now multiple news articles that report Calgary-based TransCanada hired the controversial public relations firm Edelman in an attempt to derail growing public opposition to its proposed 1.1 m...
Washington and the Oil Industry Know the Truth About Climate Change
Short-Term Profits Trump Survival
Lindorff, Dave
Article
2014
CounterPunch
Climate skeptics in Congress, and oil and coal industry lobbyists like the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the American Coal Council (ACC) may be preventing any significant action in the US on ...
What Those Who Killed the Tar Sands Report Don't Want You to Know
Nikiforuk, Andrew
Article
2010
The Tyee
Why did a parliamentary committee suddenly destroy drafts of a final report on tar sands pollution? Here's what they knew.
When oil is more important than life
Oil exploitation leaves trail of pollution and death in the Peruvian Amazon
Moiola, Paolo
Article
2014
latinamericapress.org
The dumping of oil waste into the waters of the Marañón, Corrientes, Pastaza and Tigre rivers and the Amazon forest is producing fatal consequences for the local population, mostly to the Kukama ethni...
Why Exxon Executives Deserve the Ultimate Punishment
Street, Paul
Article
2015
Counter Punch
In a series of articles based on internal documents from Exxon Mobil going back to the 1970s and on interviews with former company scientists and employees, ICN shows that Exxon's "own research confir...
'Worse Than We Thought': TPP A Total Corporate Power Grab Nightmare
Article
2015
Common Dreams
On issues ranging from climate change to food safety, from open Internet to access to medicines, the TransPacific Partnership (TPP) is a disaster.

Sources Bookshelf

Stupid to the Last Drop
How Alberta is Bringing Environmental Armageddon to Canada (and Doesn't Seem to Care)
Marsden, William
Book
2007
As the world teeters on the edge of catastrophic climate change, Alberta plunges ahead with uncontrolled development of its fossil fuels, levelling its northern Boreal forest to get at the oil sands, ...

Media

Propane Canada
Natural gas liquids industry. Topics range from production to transportation.

Government Ministries & Agencies

Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
Their role "is to provide Canadians with high-quality environmental assessments that contribute to informed decision making, in support of sustainable development."


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