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Some Oil Pipelines Exempted From Federal Reviews

Vancouver Sun: Building a diamond mine, expanding an oil-sands mine, offshore exploration or an interprovincial bridge could soon require a federal environmental review under proposed additions and subtractions to the Harper government's new environmental rules. But provincially regulated pipelines, facilities used to process heavy oil from the oilsands, pulp and paper mills as well as some chemical plants are among those being deleted from a list of projects requiring federal environmental investigations before...

Royal Society oilsands report went easy on industry: Analysis

Vancouver Sun: A key section in a high-profile Royal Society of Canada report that cast doubt on potential environmental and health impacts of oilsands development in Alberta was plagued by "misinformation" and "out of date" data, says a new analysis to be released Friday by Alberta scientist Kevin Timoney. "Although the RSC report was an ambitious attempt to provide a comprehensive review, it suffered in its execution," Timoney wrote in the commentary published by Environmental Science and Technology, an Iowa-based...

Canada: Oilsands expansion jeopardized by absence of climate plan, ambassador told

Vancouver Sun: Opposition to oilsands expansion in "Canada's Texas" and a controversial U.S. pipeline expansion project is growing because of a failure to crack down on pollution that traps heat in the atmosphere and causes climate change, Canada's ambassador to the U.S., Gary Doer, was told by staff in newly released correspondence. "The anti-oilsands campaign is very real and shows no sign of letting up," wrote Marc LePage, a special adviser on climate change and energy issues at the Canadian Embassy in Washington,...

Canada highlight oilsands lobbying success

Vancouver Sun: The federal government described media reports about weakened Europe climate-change policies as a "leap forward" on work to protect Alberta's oilsands industry, internal documents obtained by Postmedia News have revealed. The information was included in a document summarizing a March 2010 meeting between government officials, oil and gas industry executives, and Bruce Carson, a former top adviser to Prime Minister Stephen Harper. It highlighted media reports about the European Union backing away...