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The tar sands. A drama of epic proportions that  we'll tell story by story over one year.
The tar sands. A drama of epic proportions that we'll tell story by story over one year.
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Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline approved by JRP, despite massive opposition in BC
Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline approved by JRP, despite massive opposition in BC

Snow falls in Vancouver today, as here and across North America, people wind down at work, take off for vacations, and turn inward to enjoy time with families and friends.  Six days before Christmas is perhaps the quietest time of year. 

You might say it's the time when few people are online, few people have the intellectual or emotional time or space to react to what the government might do.  It's a time when listening to children's sweet voices singing songs about peace in the world engages us more than challenging issues like solving climate change.

Or, like the fact that Canada's Energy Board announced yesterday its decision to recommend approval with conditions of the Enbridge Northern Gateway oil sands pipeline.  

Shell Canada promotes opportunities for women working in the oil sands and talks about responsible development in its corporate report
Shell Canada promotes opportunities for women working in the oil sands and talks about responsible development in its corporate report

After a year and a half of public hearings in which more than a thousand people engaged in the public process to tell the energy board's panel that  they opposed the Enbridge pipeline and to give evidence of the threat it poses to British Columbia's pristine coastline, the government released this huge news story at a time when few are watching and in a way that it made it seem there was little story.  Smart, eh?

In the video below, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, Canada's strongest oil lobby group, frames the tar sands as "oil sands" and promotes their economic benefits to Canadians....

An historic event seemed almost like a non event at a media "lock-up" in Calgary, where a 400 page report,  obtuse even to journalists covering the story  for months, was delivered with no explanation from the authors, no question and answer period to understand points, only access to the energy board's communications director on points to do with "process."

What an epic story with a Shakespearean cast of characters and stakes as high as they get.

Meanwhile, your support of The Tar Sands Reporting project, has been epic.   We've reached 73% of our goal in only 13 days. 

Please help us make it to 100% before Christmas.  Please ask your family and friends to pledge even $5. Please tweet it out, post it on Facebook, and help us get the word out to as many people as possible.

We've heard in the last 24 hours that the fiercest fight has just begun.  That this will be the biggest environmental battle that has ever taken place in Canada.  Please help us ensure that this story is told through the people whose lives it will impact most. Thank you so much!

Linda and Jenny

Chief Martin Louie's voice was full of emotion as he spoke to a reporter about the Joint Review Panel's recommendation to approve Enbridge's proposal to build a pipeline through Northern BC. "We tried, and we thought that we could be part of the economy,"
Chief Martin Louie's voice was full of emotion as he spoke to a reporter about the Joint Review Panel's recommendation to approve Enbridge's proposal to build a pipeline through Northern BC. "We tried, and we thought that we could be part of the economy,"
This week, Vancouver's City Council voted to intervene in the oversight hearings on the Kinder Morgan tar sands pipeline expansion proposal.
This week, Vancouver's City Council voted to intervene in the oversight hearings on the Kinder Morgan tar sands pipeline expansion proposal.

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    1. Bruno V. on

      "Shell Canada promotes women working in the oil sands"
      Is that a bad thing? Is it better if men work in the oil sands?