Well, most of the behind-the-scenes stuff has been accomplished, so I feel confident in opening the floodgates on myoilsands.ca – the new home of my oil sands. The old myoilsands.wordpress.com is still available for viewing, but it will no longer be updated or allow comments to be posted.
So what are you waiting for? Go over and check it out! http://myoilsands.ca
Well, the investigations are under way and the information is slowly making it’s way out about landings by waterfowl on multiple oil sands sites.
News sources to follow while this story continues to evolve are:
And while not a link to a news source, here is a link to the Federal Migratory Bird Act (if you were interested).
From a communications perspective, it’s going to be interesting to see how industry, government, non-government and the public react.
From a political/policy/regulations perspective, it’s going to be interesting to see how this plays out.
From my own personal point of view, this sucks.
Did I miss some news sources you think should be on the list? Let me know, post a comment below or grab me on Twitter at @myoilsands
Posted in Communications, Industry, oil sands
Tagged @Avnishnanda, @Mix103.7FMNews, alberta environment, Albian, CAPP, ducks, Federal Migratory Bird Act, Google News, Mix 103.7 FM, news, oil sands, Pembina, Shell, straight outta edmonton, suncor, Syncrude, tailings pond, twitter, watefowl
This is a response piece to “ditch_witch” on MyMcMurray.com, who replied to a post I made there. You can read the MyMcurray.com piece here.
Posted on MyMcMurray:
Thank you for responding Ditch_Witch – conversation around topics as important as the environment & industry need to happen. All opinions need to be properly expressed and shared in order for the right, and informed, decisions to be made. So thank you for sharing your thoughts – I can see that you are quite passionate about the topic.
I thought about ending my reply there…. but I did write some points down, and they can be found on my blog here: https://myoilsands.wordpress.com. Please take the points as you wish. Continue reading
Posted in Industry, oil sands
Tagged birds, communications, cumulative effects, ditch_witch, greenpeace, industry, MyMcMurray.com, oil sands, tarsands, wildlife
oiled duck - photograph by Todd Powell, property of EdmontonJournal.com
So if you’ve been paying attention to oil sands / energy industry / business / environmental news today, you’ll more than likely have heard Syncrude Canada Ltd. has been ordered to pay roughly $3 million in fines due to the Waterfowl incident in 2008 where approximately 1,600 ducks died on a tailings pond.
I’m not going to get into specifics, but you can read more about the fines from Canadian Business and from our own Fort McMurray Today.
Impact on Wildlife needs perspective
I would however like to point you to a post I did in April entitled “[Insert Bird Pun Here]: Oil Sands and Wildlife“. In it, I take a quick look at how two different areas in how they impact wildlife: the buildings we construct, and the vehicles we drive.
impact imprint - courtesy of Janet 59
I look at things like how just three buildings in Scarborough, Ontario, have killed over 7,000 birds in 10 years. Three buildings, 82 species, 7,000 birds dead.
How come Greenpeace hasn’t flown European zealots over to Scarborough to scale the buildings, raise a banner, and then get arrested? (A simple answer might be this: money)
Anyway, I just think we need to take a broader look at how we as a species are impacting the world around us. If we talk the talk, then we need to walk the walk and demand accountability from more than just “big oil” – we need to take a look in the mirror and demand it from ourselves as consumers.
Posted in oil sands
Tagged accountability, big oil, birds, Canadian Business, ducks, fort mcmurray today, greenpeace, oil sands, scarborough, Syncrude, tailings pond, waterfowl, wildlife, zealots
Having just got back from the “nail-biting” event (Mike’s words, not mine) slash celebration held by Councilor Mike Allen and Mayor Melissa Blake, I can say I’m quite happy with tonight’s results. Not all my picks for council made it in, but 6 out of 7 on the evening is not bad. Eat your heart out Mansbridge.
While nothing is official at the time of this post (around 11:00pm on the 18th), Mix 103.7 has announced Blake as the winner in the Mayoral race (by a considerable margin if you ask me) and the winners in the Ward 1 are: Allen, Germain, Kirschner, Meagher, Scott & Thomas.
No matter the outcome, congratulations to all the candidates for showing such a strong field and for making it difficult for voters to make their choice.
Looking for the election results? The RMWB site has it broken down by Wards and by the Mayoral race: Election Results
But What About Voter Participation?
Reflection is needed on the voter participation – I’m looking forward to seeing the final numbers and how they stack up against the different census data for the region.
What are your thoughts? Are you happy with the turnout, sad, couldn’t be bothered either way? Drop a comment down below or let me know on Twitter through @myoilsands.
Posted in Election 2010, fort mcmurray
Tagged @MelissaForMayor, @Mix1037Radio, @rvthomas, Dave Kirschner, Don Scott, Melissa Blake, Mike Allen, Mike_Allen47, Mix 103.7, Phil Meagher, rmwb, Russell Thomas, Sheldon Germain