What The BCUC Report on Site C Really Means

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Site C Dam Over Budget, Behind Schedule and Could be Replaced by Alternatives: BCUC Report

By Emma Gilchrist and Carol Linnitt

A highly anticipated review of B.C.’s Site C dam has found the project is likely to be over budget and behind schedule and alternative energy sources could be built for an equal or lower unit energy cost.

The report from the B.C. Utilities Commission released Wednesday confirmed many of the concerns that have been raised about the project for years. Read more.

In Photos: The Canadian Mining Boom You’ve Never Seen Before

By Garth Lenz

A glacial highway, a tailings pond dam the height of a 35-storey building, drill pads clinging to a cliffside and a vast open pit mine — check out these jaw-dropping photos of B.C.'s mining boom on the Alaska border funded by more than 100 DeSmog Canada readers. Read more.

Could Automobile Manufacturers Be Next In Line For Climate Lawsuits?

By James Wilt

It’s been a busy year of municipalities suing fossil fuel companies. Could car companies be next?

That’s a question that Martin Olszynski, law professor at the University of Calgary, has been wrestling with following his recent research into the history of lawsuits against tobacco companies.

It was the cigarette manufacturers themselves that produced the vehicle by which tobacco was consumed and then gave rise to all kinds of harm,” Olszynski told DeSmog Canada. “We don’t produce oil and gas to consume directly. A large driver of demand is the automobile: the internal combustion engine.” Read more.

Alberta Approves Suncor Tailings Plan Despite Reliance on ‘Unproven Technology’

By James Wilt

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has approved a tailings management plan from oilsands giant Suncor, despite the plan relying on “newly patented, unproven technology” that will require decades of monitoring.

Last week's decision came only six months after the AER rejected Suncor’s proposed plan for the same project because it relied on unproven technology and a 70-year timeline for reclamation. The regulator only later agreed to re-review the plan. So what changed? Uh, nothing. Read more.

Canada Has Second-Worst Mining Record in World: UN

By Judith Lavoie

Canada has more mine tailings spills than most other countries in the world, according to a report from the United Nations Environment Programme, which urges governments and the mining industry to improve safety, accountability and oversight.

During the last decade there have been seven known mine tailings spills in Canada, only one less than reported in China, which tops the list, says the report. Read more.

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