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Why Do We Pretend to Clean Up Ocean Oil Spills?

When the Deepwater Horizon well operated by BP (formerly British Petroleum) exploded and contaminated the Gulf of Mexico with at least 650 million litres of crude oil in 2010, blue-smocked animal rescuers quickly appeared on television screens.

The European Union and the Misery of Bigness

Years ago, the great Austrian economist Leopold Kohr argued that overwhelming evidence from science, culture and biology all pointed to one unending truth: things improve with an unending process of division.

Radioactive Ranchers? Elements Found Downwind of Intensive Fracking

Nielle and Howard Hawkwood, ranchers in Alberta's foothills, are now calling for a fracking moratorium in the province.

New Report Knocks Down Pro-Pipelines 'Fantasies'

Politicians who advocate for more bitumen pipelines and LNG exports are making a "have your cake and eat it too argument" because there is no way Canada can meet its climate change commitments under such a scenario

The Other Fire: Fort McMurray's Slow Burn

At the end of the day the $10-billion wildfire that consumed 2400 homes and buildings in Fort McMurray may be the least of the region's problems.

Groundwater Contamination from Fracking Changes over Time: Study

A new Texas study has found that horizontal oil wells fractured by the injection of high volumes of chemicals, sand, and water contaminate nearby water wells with a variety of heavy metals and toxic chemicals that fluctuate over time.

Fracking Contaminates Groundwater: Stanford Study

Another scientific study has confirmed that fracking, the controversial technology that blasts apart low-grade rocks containing molecules of hydrocarbons, can contaminate groundwater.

Death of a Shale Gas Salesman

On Wednesday, March 2, Aubrey McClendon, the American face of hydraulic fracking, drove his natural-gas powered Chevy Tahoe into a concrete overpass just outside Oklahoma City. He was 56.

Four More Whoppers about LNG in British Columbia

The B.C. budget claims the province is making money from shale gas. But last month The Tyee showed the province is pouring more cash into the industry than it is getting back.

Three Wacky Accounting Numbers for LNG and Shale Gas

Three things don't add up in the British Columbia budget when it comes to declining revenues from the battered shale gas industry and its non-existent cousin, the province's liquefied natural gas fantasy.
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