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Christine Geovanis, June 23, 2014

Three months ago, BP’s massive Whiting, Indiana tar sands refinery spilled 1,600 gallons of oil into the largest freshwater system in the world. But that’s nothing compared to what’s coming.

John Olivas, Mora County Legal Defense Fund, May 22, 2014

Mora County, New Mexico, the first county in the U.S. to ban oil and gas drilling, is now the subject of multiple lawsuits filed on the part of a fracking companies and one local resident seeking to overturn the Mora County Community Bill of Rights. You can support residents in Mora County fighting to protect their land, air, and water from fracking here.

Sarah Lazare, Common Dreams , April 26, 2014

The National Wildlife Federation filed a lawsuit this week charging the U.S. State Department is refusing to disclose public information about a pipeline company's possible plans to transport dangerous tar sands oil from Montreal to the coast of Maine.

The lawsuit takes aim at the oil industry's repeated claims that there is no plan to transport the dirty oil through New England, despite numerous indications that such a plan indeed exists.

Bruce Cheadle, Canadian Press, February 13, 2014

OTTAWA - Finance Minister Jim Flaherty's latest federal budget dedicates all of five pages to "conserving Canada's natural heritage" — with measures such as resurfacing the Trans-Canada Highway through a national park and building more snowmobile trails. Critics cite the absence of the words "climate change" in the 400-plus page document as evidence that the government has "just given up on the environment."

Jeffrey Simpson, Globe and Mail, February 7, 2014

... Recently, the [Canadian] government was obliged to submit Canada’s emissions outlook until 2030 to the United Nations. It was a long, detailed report, the most thorough done in recent years, a credit to those who prepared it and an indispensable document for anyone interested in the issue.

Predictably, because the report contained information the government did not want to receive wide publicity, it was not put on a website, was not accompanied by a press release and would have otherwise been ignored had alert environmentalists not tipped off a few reporters.

Coral Davenport, New York Times, January 23, 2014

WASHINGTON — Coca-Cola has always been more focused on its economic bottom line than on global warming, but when the company lost a lucrative operating license in India because of a serious water shortage there in 2004, things began to change. Today, after a decade of increasing damage to Coke’s balance sheet as global droughts dried up the water needed to produce its soda, the company has embraced the idea of climate change as an economically disruptive force.

Alan Fryer, The Province, November 20, 2013
Coal Alliance

The completion of an environmental-impact assessment by Fraser Surrey Docks demonstrates the commitment of our industry to safe and sustainable operations. SNC-Lavalin, the firm that carried out the assessment, concluded that "no significant adverse effects on air quality are likely to occur as a result of this project." Most importantly, one of the most experienced and respected experts in this field, Dr. Len Ritter, stated that the project poses no risk of adverse health effects in neighbouring communities.

Mining Association of Canada, CNW, November 30, 2013

 Strategy will help Canada compete for investment and will support Canadian mining abroad. OTTAWA, Nov. 27, 2013 /CNW/ - The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) applauds the Government of Canada on its new trade strategy, the Global Markets Action Plan, announced by Minister Ed Fast this morning. "The Canadian mining industry welcomes the new Global Markets Action Plan and we look forward to working with the Government of Canada to implement it, particularly the development of the Extractive Sector Strategy," said Pierre Gratton, MAC's President and CEO.

Dene Moore, Globe and Mail, November 28, 2013

There are more than 600 major resource projects worth $650-billion planned in Western Canada over the next decade but relations with First Nations may be a major hurdle for those developments, says a new report by the Fraser Institute. Every one of those projects will affect at least one First Nations community, said the report released Thursday by the right-leaning think tank based in Vancouver.

Fraser Institute, Market Wired, November 28, 2013
Fraser Institute

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Nov. 28, 2013) - Oil and gas development can help lower the unemployment rate among First Nations, bring prosperity to remote communities, and benefit all Canadians, says a new study published today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank. The study, Opportunities for First Nation prosperity through oil and gas development, notes that over the next decade, an estimated 600 major resource projects worth approximately $650 billion are planned for Canada.

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