For the Palouse Environmental Sustainability Coalition at 7 pm on Friday, August 24, Helen Yost presented the story and images of the Third Annual Tar Sands Healing Walk, organized by First Nations (native) people, through the desolate landscape of Alberta tar sands operations. In the lower community room of the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Palouse at 420 East Second Street in Moscow, Helen and presentation participants also discussed the interrelationships of corporate/governmental development of and citizen resistance to Alberta and Utah tar sands, the Keystone XL pipeline, and regional megaloads of processing equipment. View a pdf version of her slideshow of the Third Annual Tar Sands Healing Walk.
CALGARY, Alberta – Imperial Oil Ltd. said Wednesday it will go ahead with an $8.9 billion Canadian (US$8.6 billion) expansion to its Kearl oil sands mine in Alberta.
The Calgary-based oil producer and refiner said the second phase of the project is slated to begin producing 110,000 barrels of oil per day by late 2015.
(The Associated Press, Missoulian)
Transports through Idaho of megaloads of industrial equipment that expand regionally destructive Alberta tar sands mining operations hasten global climate change and subsequent worldwide ecological chaos. Nathan Foster animated this interview at a protest of Moscow activist Helen Yost for a University of Idaho class project.
(Link provided by Nathan Foster)
Created by Powderhouse Productions in 2005 for the National Geographic Channel’s MegaStructures series, this 48-minute reasonably neutral documentary reveals an intimate view of on-site tar sands extraction and transportation, facilities construction, and bitumen production processes at Syncrude’s vast mine near Fort McMurray in northeastern Alberta, Canada. Many of the structures visible during development of a competing Shell Oil upgrader plant reflect Korean-made ExxonMobil/Imperial Oil components currently moving as megaloads through the U.S. Northwest.
(Link provided by Ethan Nilsson)
We don’t need the pipelines, megaloads, or tar sands to give us more jobs.
1) “Across a range of clean energy projects, including renewable energy, transportation, and energy efficiency, for every million dollars spent, 16.7 green jobs are created. That is over three times the 5.3 jobs per million dollars that are created from the same spending on fossil-fuel industries.”
2) “Despite generating $546 billion in profits between 2005 and 2010, ExxonMobil, Chevron, Shell, and BP together reduced their U.S. workforce by 11,200 employees during that time.”
3) Researchers at Cornell University put a lot of time and energy into examining the subject of jobs and the Keystone XL pipeline. Share their findings by downloading a free pdf document from this page:
(Information compiled by Sharon Cousins.)
We don’t need the tar sands oil to give us “enough” oil or to free us from oil connections in the Middle East.
1) We have so much oil that the USA is exporting oil. If we need more, we can export less.
For more in-depth information, click on “new report” to download a detailed pdf document.
2) We may not need dirty oil from the ground at all pretty soon. We can pull excess carbon dioxide out of thin air and recycle it into carbon neutral fuel.
3) We can also have ethanol without starving Africa or triggering frenzied corn speculation. Many plants that can grow on land not suitable for major food crops can be used to make ethanol. Agave is just one of them.
4) Hemp offers many possibilities for cleaner and sustainable fuels.
(Information compiled by Sharon Cousins.)
Filmed at TEDxVictoria on November 19, 2011, photographer Garth Lenz shares shocking pictures of the environmental devastation of Alberta tar sands mining projects and the beautiful and vital ecosystems they jeopardize. For almost twenty years, Garth’s photography of threatened wilderness regions, ecological destruction, and impacts on indigenous peoples has appeared in the world’s leading publications. His recent images from the boreal region of Canada have helped lead to significant victories and large new protected areas in the Northwest Territories, Quebec, and Ontario. Garth’s major touring exhibit about the tar sands premiered in Los Angeles in 2011 and recently appeared in New York. Garth is a fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers.