Just in case you thought that the Environmental Review of the Northern Gateway Pipeline proposal means anything.............
Shell Canada’s Jackpine oilsands mine expansion plan has
received the go-ahead from Ottawa, despite the environment minister’s
view that it’s “likely to cause significant adverse environmental
In a statement late Friday, environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq
concluded that the effects from the 100,000-barrel-per-day expansion
are “justified in the circumstances.”...........
The Jackpine expansion would allow Shell to increase its bitumen
output by 50 per cent to 300,000 barrels a day..............
A review panel concluded last July that the project was in the
public interest but warned that it would result in severe and
irreversible damage so great that new protected areas should be
created to compensate.
The review concluded that the project would mean the permanent
loss of thousands of hectares of wetlands, which would harm migratory
birds, caribou and other wildlife and wipe out traditional plants
used for generations. It also said Shell’s plans for mitigation are
unproven and warned that some impacts would probably approach levels
that the environment couldn’t support.
Shell has said Alberta’s new management plan for the oilsands
area will provide more concrete data to assess and mitigate
environmental impacts. The company has purchased about 730
hectares of former cattle pasture in northwestern Alberta to help
compensate for the 8,500 hectares of wetland that would be
on this at The Common Sense Canadian
And just in case you have any further doubts as to the impact
scientific research will have upon decisions of this sort...........
Last week the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, which is closing
five of its seven libraries, allowed scientists, consultants and
members of the public to scavenge through what remained of Eric
Marshall Library belonging to the Freshwater Institute at the
University of Manitoba.
"It was a world class library
with some of the finest environmental science and freshwater book
collections in the world. It was certainly the best in Canada, but
it's no more," said Burt Ayles, a 68-year-old retired research
scientist and former regional director general for freshwaters in
central Canada and the Arctic.
"The loss of this library
and its impact on fisheries and environmental science is equivalent
to Rome destroying the Royal Library of Alexandria in Egypt. It's
equal to that," said Ayles. At the time, Alexandria boasted the
world's largest collection in the ancient world.
at The Mound of Sound
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