Neither the federal government of Canada nor the government of the province of Alberta is doing anything to constrain the development of Canada’s oil sands. In fact, both governments are doing everything they can to drive development at the most rapid possible pace, with no regard for the air and water pollution being generated, the forests being cut down, the wishes of First Nations communities, or the impact on the Earth’s climate.
One of the few mechanisms available for constraining the growth of the oil sands sector is to block the construction and enlargement of proposed pipelines that would allow the oil to get to world markets:
Specific projects that deserve opposition include:
- The Keystone XL pipeline – intended to run down to the Gulf Coast of the United States
- The Northern Gateway pipeline – intended to run west to the coast of British Columbia
- The TransMountain pipeline expansion – intended to carry additional oil sands crude to Vancouver
Last updated: 25 January 2012