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Keystone XL Pipeline Still Being Built; Protestors Arrested

TransCanada began installing the first segments of the Keystone XL pipeline in east Texas on August 9, 2012. The pipeline will carry sticky tar diluted with a solvent from the tar sands in Alberta, Canada to refineries in Texas. The likelihood of a spill that might contaminate aquifers and surface waters has made this project controversial from the start.

November 26th

Red Deer River Oil Spill

About 125,000 gallons of oil spilled into the Red Deer River after a pipeline broke in Jackson Creek. The oil coated the banks of Jackson Creek and the Red Deer River for more than sixteen miles before reaching the Gleniffer Reservoir, where it is being contained with multiple booms.

June 11th

Alberta Tar Sands Project

The Alberta Tar Sands Project is in the U.S. news a lot these days. As a U.S. citizen, I’m usually focused on the potential effects of the Keystone XL pipeline contaminating aquifers and soil. This TEDx video shows the effects on Canada. The Alberta Tar Sands is basically just a huge strip mine that goes on as far as the eye can see.

March 2nd

Canada Takes Water Awareness Lead

Say what you will about Canada being up on the latest trends in fashion or music, but our neighbor to the North may be on the verge of setting the course in national water management policy. Recently ministers from across the country met to talk about how best to protect and preserve Canada’s water from […]

July 8th

Pacific Salmon Treaty Threatened by Poor King Salmon Runs

In 1985, Canada and the United States signed the Pacific Salmon Treaty.  This treaty was established “for the conservation, rational management, and optimum production of Pacific Salmon”.  It provided for both countries to set limits, share information, and improve habitat.  One key disagreement the treaty sought to resolve was the “overharvest by one country of […]

July 12th

Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement to be Revised Because of Climate Change

The Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement was enacted in 1972 between the United States and Canada “to restore and maintain the chemical, physical and biological integrity of the Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem.”  Over the years, the pact has undergone several revisions when the Great Lakes faced differing threats, such as phosphorus or toxic substances.  Recently, […]

June 22nd