Large Alberta oilsands mine in public interest despite ‘significant adverse’ effects: panel

July 25, 2019

By Lauren Krugel The Canadian Press

An oil worker holds raw sand bitumen near Fort McMurray, on July 9, 2008.
An oil worker holds raw sand bitumen near Fort McMurray, on July 9, 2008.

A federal-provincial panel says a proposed northeastern Alberta oilsands mine would be in the public interest, even though it would likely significantly harm the environment and Indigenous people.

Vancouver-based Teck Resources Ltd. aims to build the $20.6-billion Frontier mine near Wood Buffalo National Park in two phases.

Its total capacity would be 260,000 barrels of oil a day. More than 290 square kilometres of land would be disturbed.

Teck has said it aims to start producing oil in 2026, with the mine lasting for more than four decades.

Alberta oilsands mine in public interest despite ‘significant adverse’ effects: panel

“While the panel has concluded that the project is in the public interest, project and cumulative effects to key environmental parameters and on the asserted rights, use of lands and resources for traditional purposes, and culture of Indigenous communities have weighed heavily in the panel’s assessment,” said the report released Thursday.

It said the project would likely result in significant adverse effects to wetlands, old-growth forests and biodiversity, as well as to Indigenous people in the area.

“The proposed mitigation measures have not been proven to be effective or to fully mitigate project effects on the environment or on Indigenous rights, use of lands and resources, and culture.”

The panel’s report includes several dozen recommended conditions for Teck and the federal and provincial governments.

They include mitigating harm to wildlife, monitoring pollutants and taking feedback from nearby First Nations into account.

But the panel also said there are economic benefits. Over the project’s expected lifespan, the federal government could expect to reap $12 billion in taxes and Alberta could rake in $55 billion, with another $3.5 billion in municipal property taxes, it said.

Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna is to determine if the project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects when mitigation measures are taken into account. If she decides that’s the case, it’s up to the federal cabinet to decide whether those effects are justified in the circumstances. Ottawa’s decision is due in February.

Environmental groups have questioned how allowing the mine would square with Canada and Alberta’s plans to meet their greenhouse gas reduction targets.

“A project like this can lock in emissions for generations and we think it’s really important that any conditions… ensure that those emissions will go on a downward trajectory and not hold us up from our own climate goals,” said Nikki Way, a senior analyst at the Pembina Institute environmental think-tank.

Review backs Teck oil sands mine: Jobs, economic benefit outweigh environmental impact, it finds

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The panel found the environmental impact includes destruction of wetland and old-growth forests, threats to vulnerable species and contributing to greenhouse gases, but says the jobs and economic benefits from the oil sands mine outweigh those impacts.

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Innovation Energy: The hot new fuel that could bring jobs and growth back to Canada’s oilpatch – Financial Post

Like oil and gas, drills are used to bring the hot water and brine of aquifers in the earth’s crust to the surface.
Leduc #1 Energy Discovery Centre


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Police in China are wearing high-tech sunglasses to match faces in the crowd to criminal suspects | National Post

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The Telegraph Neil Connor

February 8, 2018 11:20 AM EST

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Losing the leadership of the free world –

Scott Gilmore: Thirty years ago, it was easy to believe when Reagan said that America was a ‘beacon of freedom’. Nobody’s buying it today.
by Scott Gilmore Jul 17, 2019

Reagan reading his last speech to the nation (Diana Walker/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)

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What does it mean to be working class in Canada? –

Socio-economic lines are often erased or ignored in Canada. Here’s how I came to see my working class roots clearly.
by Shannon Proudfoot Jul 16, 2019

Shannon Proudfoot with her parents, Mike Proudfoot and Molly Mislan, at her 2003 graduation from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ont

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Ford targets Tesla with its new electric-truck claim

Ford on Tuesday released a video of an all-electric F-150 prototype truck towing 1.25 million pounds of double-decker rail cars carrying 42 Ford pickups.
Source: Ford

Years away but Ford is not known to promote this far ahead so is taking this very seriously.

Ford goes after Tesla in new electric pickup video

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Viral App FaceApp Now Owns Access To More Than 150 Million People’s Faces And Names – Forbes

Composite image of a diverse group of people – GETTY


We as human beings are social and trusting to a degree by nature. It has been a positive trait until it started being used maliciously.

Many deleted the app after and apparently they only keep the image uploaded for editing for max 24-48 hrs but can this be trusted? The space that, that many photos takes and rapid viral nature likely means they had to delete quickly unless they had deep pockets or funded by someone with.

Are facial recognition systems for logging into users accounts smart enough to tell the diff from live face and a static image?

Police in China alreasy using glasses with facial recognition coupled with app and access to backend and db of known criminals or persons of interest.

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