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Alarm sounded as TransCanada set to drill in Bay of Fundy
O'Keefe, Derrick
Article
2015
An open letter was released by 20 groups in New Brunswick opposed to TransCanada's plans to begin drilling in the Bay of Fundy. The procedure has the potential to hurt resident's foundations and drink...
Arsenic-Laced Coffee is Good for You: Would You Like Sugar With That?
Brasch, Walter
Article
2014
The Environmental Protection Agency, in 2013, identified about 1,000 chemicals that the oil and gas industry uses in fracking operations, most of them carcinogens at the strengths they shove into the ...
Bakken Business: The price of North Dakota's fracking boom
Manning, Richard
Article
2013
Manning the widespread fracking in the Bakken formation (North Dakota), and the environmental and social repercussions it causes.
Big Oil's Ethical Violence: BP and the Armed Suppression of Dissent in Colombia
Coleman, Lara Montesinos
Article
2015
To challenge impunity is not just to attempt to confine abuses to the past. It serves to expose crimes committed, to preserve memory of the past within the present, and to highlight contradictions bet...
Bloody Oil: Canadian First Nations internationalize their struggle against the most destructive project on earth
Worth, Jess
Article
2009
The extraction of oil from tar sands is perhaps the most ecologically insane idea on the planet. Four First Nations representatives from Canada travelled to Britain to participate in the London climat...
Boom for whom? The Canadian Impacts of the Tar Sands
Article
2011
A summary of the devasting impacts of the tar sands as they affect the different regions of Canada.
Canada Is Now To Climate What Japan Is To Whaling
Monbiot, George
Article
2009
Here I am, watching the astonishing spectacle of a beautiful, cultured nation turning itself into a corrupt petro-state. Canada is slipping down the development ladder, retreating from a complex, dive...
Canada's Toxic Chemical Valley
Aamjiwnaang Solidarity members
Article
2015
About the effects of "Chemical Valley" in the Aamjiwnaang-Sarnia area.
Canadian lawyers and Chevron's court battle over environmental damage in Ecuador: Iler, Kirsten
Article
2014
A storm of controversy erupted amongst Canadian lawyers when the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) decided to intervene in Chevron's appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada. The appeal is part of Chevron's...
Chevron Whistleblower Videos Show Deliberate Falsification Of Evidence In Ecuador Oil Pollution Trial
Gaworecki,Mike
Article
2015
Chevron lost the lawsuit filed against the company by Indigenous villagers who say Texaco, which merged with Chevron, left hundreds of open, unlined pits full of toxic oil waste in the Amazon rainfore...
Chevron's Crude Attacks: Court Sides With Big Oil
Winship, Michael
Article
2011
Yet another instance of the increasingly pro-business stance of the US legal system.
Citizen-Journalist Fined for Telling the Truth
Brasch, Walter
Article
2015
The story of an injunction against against a journalist who dared to tell the truth.
Connexions: Volume 7, Number 1 - March 1982
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1982
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Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on environment, ecology, climate change, pollution, and land use.
Crude World: The Violent Twilight of Oil
Maass, Peter
Book
2009
Investigation of oil as major driver in the power dynamics of the world, and of the 'oil curse', which seems to make the countries that export it poorer, not richer.
$88 billion a year in subsidies for climate disaster: Global governments spend more than double what energy companies invest to find new regions for oil and gas drilling, despite climate change
Prupis, Nadia
Article
2014
Despite pledging in 2009 to phase out public subsidies for the fossil fuel industry, G20 countries have disregarded those promises and are currently spending $88 billion a year in taxpayer money to fu...
The end of oil Mired in crude: New Internationalist June 2001
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2001
A look into the facts of the Oil business and its effects on the places it is being harvested.
EnvironmentSources.com
Website
2017
Web portal with information about environmental issues and resources, with articles, documents, books, websites, and experts and spokespersons. The home page features a selection of recent and importa...
Food, Shelter and the American Dream
Aronowitz, Stanley
Book
1974
Discusses the state of the American economy, the consequences for politics and culture that might arise from the new situation, and possible solutions.
Fossil Fuel Industry Benefits from $20 Billion in Subsidies in the U.S.
Horn, Steve
Article
2015
A new joint investigative report by Oil Change International and the Overseas Development Institute reveals that, in the United States alone, the fossil fuel industry has benefited from over $20 billi...
Fossil Fuel Industry's Global Climate Science Communications Plan in Action: Polluting the Classroom
Jervey, Ben
Article
2015
The Fossil Fuel Industry promotes a plan in U.S. schools to address global climate change. Their plan includes denial, doubt and promoting the merits of fossil fuel.
Fracking Hell: The environmental costs of the new US gas drilling boom
EFU Film
Film/Video
2014
The gas stored in the Marcellus Shale formation is the subject of desperate drilling to secure US domestic energy supplies. But the process involved - hydraulic fracturing - is the focus of a bitter d...
Fracking Indigenous Country: Big Green, Sun Media and Elsipogtog
Stainsby, Macdonald
Article
2013
Police attack the Mi’kmaq community of Elsipogtog in New Brunswick.
Fractured Land
Gillis, Damien; Rayher, Fiona (directors)
Film/Video
2015
A Canadian feature documentary film profiling the Dene activist Caleb Behn as he goes through law school and builds a movement around greater awareness of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on First Nati...
Future dustbowl? Fracking ravages Great Plains land and water
Radford,Tim
Article
2015
The fracking boom has caused massive vegetation loss over North America's rangelands, as 3 million hectares have been occupied by oil and gas infrastructure and 34 billion cubic metres of water have b...
Gasland
Fox, Josh
Film
2010
Today, communities in the United States are being more and more affected by natural gas drilling and, specifically, hydraulic fracturing.
How Big Oil Plans to Win Ugly in New York: Leaked Transcript from PR Maven Shows Energy Companies will be Told to Make the Fight Against Fracking Opponents Personal
Federman, Adam
Article
2014
A PR firm well known for its hardball tactics in defense of Big Tobacco will deliver the keynote address at tonight’s Independent Oil and Gas Association conference.
Huge Pipeline Company Kinder Morgan Hired Off-Duty Cops to 'Deter Protests' in Pennsylvania
Brown, Alleen
Article
2015
Kinder Morgan, the self-proclaimed "largest energy infrastructure company in North America," paid $50,000 for off-duty police officers from a Pennsylvania department to patrol a controversial gas pipe...
I'll bet you didn't know you own billions of dollars in coal stocks
Fillmore, Nick
Article
2016
Exposing the investments and other involvements of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board in the fossil fuel industry.
Jurassic Ballot
Solnit, Rebecca
Article
2010
This country is being run for the benefit of alien life forms. They’ve invaded; they’ve infiltrated; they’ve conquered; and a lot of the most powerful people on Earth do their bidding.
Just the Beginning of Canada's Filthy Tar Sands: A Qualitative Jump Down a Black Hole
Stainsby, Macdonald
Article
2013
The technology used in Canada's tar sands will be used to open up other potential oil deposits that could more than double all know oil reserves. The disaster threatens to keep expanding.
Letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau regarding Line 9: Climate Change and the Line 9B Reversal Project
Article
2015
A letter from community organizations in southern Ontario and Quebec, impacted Indigenous communities, and national organizations that would like to express adamant opposition to the recent 'Leave to ...
Lockdown: the end of growth in the tar sands
MacKinnon, Hannah
Article
2015
Climate change is here and now. And if world leaders had heeded scientific warnings 30 years ago, 20 years ago, 10 years ago, or even as recently as the Copenhagen climate conference in 2009 -- it's p...
Louisianans, Oil & Petro-Addiction: Against The Current vol. 147
Marks, Brian
Article
2010
The Deepwater Horizon oil horror has again focused the nation on South Louisiana. For the second time in less than five years, we are on the front pages of America’s newspapers. Again, this region is ...
The Money Gusher
Monbiot, George
Article
2010
The oil industry's decommissioning costs will dwarf those of nuclear power. The money being made now should be put aside to meet them.
Oil and Gas Industry's "Endless War" on Fracking Critics Revealed by Rick Berman
Kelly, Sharon
Article
2014
Leave it to Washington's top attack-dog lobbyist Richard Berman to verify what many always suspected: that the oil and gas industry uses dirty tricks to undermine science, vilify its critics and discr...
One Year of the BP Blowout: Against The Current vol. 153
Alvar, Pauline M.
Article
2011
In the years after Hurricane Katrina, I saw New Orleanians suffer from lack of health care. The storm and subsequent flooding caused immediate illness, with infections from the foul flood water and de...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - June 5, 2015: Residential schools
Diemer, Ulli (editor); Rickwood, Darien Yawching (production)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2015
This issue of Other Voices focuses on residential schools. As documented by the just-released report of Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, residential schools were set up to forcibly 'assim...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - April 23, 2016: Science and its enemies
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2016
Our society and its institutions, public and private, regularly tell us that science, and education in the sciences, are crucial to our future. These public declarations are strangely reminiscent of t...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - January 21, 2018: What are we eating?
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2018
What are we eating? A simple question which opens up a labyrinth of devilishly complex issues about production and distribution, access to land, control of water, prices, health and safety, migrant la...
Pipeline Company Paid Pennsylvania Police Department to 'Deter Protests'
Federman, Adam
Article
2015
Between June and October 2013, Kinder Morgan, the largest energy infrastructure company in North America, paid a local Pennsylvania police department more than $50,000 to patrol a controversial pipeli...
Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power
Coll, Steve
Book
2012
The first hard-hitting examination of ExxonMobil, Private Empire is the masterful result of Coll’s indefatigable reporting. A penetrating, newsbreaking study, Private Empire is a defining portrait of ...
Pungesti, Romania: people versus Chevron and riot police
Summerchild, Alex
Article
2013
Pungesti is at the terrifying front line of Romania's resource war - where villagers are fighting off rapacious corporations and their private army of violent riot police, backed by corrupt politician...
The Real Cost of Fracking: How America's Shale Gas Boom Is Threatening Our Families, Pets, and Food
Wilson, Allison
Article
2014
Many fracking chemicals are known carcinogens, endocrine disruptors or other classes of toxins. Studies carried out during the ongoing fracking boom, uncovered serious adverse effects including respir...
Reversing Enbridge & Big Oil's Pipeline Plans
Nelson, Joyce
Article
2015
The National Academy of Sciences is skewering the industry's 'oil is oil' talking point -- making it clear that diluted bitumen is a different beast altogether and needs to be treated as such. The ago...
Romania - a Peasants' Revolt against Fracking
Wickens, Jim; Paraic O'Brien, Paraic
Article
2014
Earthquakes and poisoned wells are setting off a revolt against fracking in Romania, revealing deep fault lines between the rural heartlands and the urban political elite.
Slick Water: Fracking and One Insider's Stand Against the World's Mot Powerful Industry
Nikiforuk, Andrew
Book
2015
A story of abuses by the fossil fuel industry and governments, telling the story of fracking rhough the lens of a legal battle to expose the truth. Nikiforuk raises stark questions about the role of B...
The Squeeze: Oil Money and Greed in the 21st Century
Bower, Tom
Book
2009
A review the big business of the oil industry across the globe, and the lengths (depths) to which they will go to maximise profits.
Study: Fracking, Not Just Fracking Wastewater Injection, Causing Earthquakes in Western Canada
Horn, Steve
Article
2016
A groundbreaking study published in Seismological Research Letters has demonstrated a link between hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") for oil and gas and earthquakes.
Stupid to the Last Drop: How Alberta is Bringing Environmental Armageddon to Canada (and Doesn't Seem to Care)
Marsden, William
Book
2007
As the world teeters on the edge of catastrophic climate change, Alberta plunges ahead with uncontrolled development of its fossil fuels, levelling its northern Boreal forest to get at the oil sands, ...
Synthesis: A review of events reported in the Canadian press: Volume VI Number 6
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1978
Synthesis is the journal of the Canadian News Synthesis Project. Previously known as the Canadian News Synthesis Project (1974 - 1976), Synthesis analyzes and presents current news coverage of the mos...
Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent
Nikiforuk, Andrew
Book
2010
To extract the energy from the Alberta tar sands, the world's ugliest, most expensive hydrocrabon, we are polluting our air, poisoning our water, destroying vast areas of boreal forest, and underminin...
Tar sands campaigners are Canada's new 'terrorists'
Dolack, Pete
Article
2015
Canada's Harper government has targeted as a new crime being a member of an 'anti-Canadian petroleum movement', and equating such a stance with terrorism.
Top Shale Fracking Executive: We Won't Frack the Rich
Kelly, Sharon
Article
2016
Fracking companies deliberately keep their wells away from the "big houses" of wealthy and potentially influential people, a top executive from one of the country's most prominent shale drilling compa...
TransCanada hires controversial PR firm to derail opposition to Energy East pipeline
Patterson, Brent
Article
2014
There are now multiple news articles that report Calgary-based TransCanada hired the controversial public relations firm Edelman in an attempt to derail growing public opposition to its proposed 1.1 m...
Viva Yasuni! Life vs Big Oil: New Internationalist July 2008
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2008
A look at the Yasuni rainforest in Ecuador and its imminent destruction by oil companies.
Washington and the Oil Industry Know the Truth About Climate Change: Short-Term Profits Trump Survival
Lindorff, Dave
Article
2014
Climate skeptics in Congress, and oil and coal industry lobbyists like the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the American Coal Council (ACC) may be preventing any significant action in the US on ...
When oil is more important than life: Oil exploitation leaves trail of pollution and death in the Peruvian Amazon
Moiola, Paolo
Article
2014
The dumping of oil waste into the waters of the Marañón, Corrientes, Pastaza and Tigre rivers and the Amazon forest is producing fatal consequences for the local population, mostly to the Kukama ethni...
Why Exxon Executives Deserve the Ultimate Punishment
Street, Paul
Article
2015
In a series of articles based on internal documents from Exxon Mobil going back to the 1970s and on interviews with former company scientists and employees, ICN shows that Exxon's "own research confir...
'Worse Than We Thought': TPP A Total Corporate Power Grab Nightmare
Article
2015
On issues ranging from climate change to food safety, from open Internet to access to medicines, the TransPacific Partnership (TPP) is a disaster.

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Anatomy of the Oil States - book Review
Against The Current vol. 157
2012
It's taken for granted that the upheavals in much of the Middle East — and great-power decisions about which conflicts are worthy of “humanitarian intervention” and/or “regime change” — have a lot to ...
Chevron Wins Latest Round in Ecuador Pollution Case
Lobe, Jim
2014
In the latest twist in a 21-year-old environmental pollution case, a U.S. federal judge Tuesday ruled that the victims of massive oil spillage and their U.S. attorney could not collect on a nine-billi...
Death on the Bakken shale
2015
North Dakota's fracking industry has the highest worker fatality rates in the US. Why are so many dying and who should be held responsible?
Dirty Water, Dirtier Practices
Ecuador's Battle with Texaco's Legacy Pollution
Ospina, Hernando Calvo
2014
Texaco (now owned by Chevron) left polluted soil and ground water after 20 years of oil extraction in the Amazon in Ecuador. The legal claims and counter-claims over responsibility and reparation cont...
Edelman's TransCanada Astroturf Documents Expose Oil Industry's Broad Attack on Public Interest
Demelle, Brendan
2014
The Edelman strategy documents and work proposals outline a "grassroots advocacy" campaign plan to build support for TransCanada's Energy East pipeline as well as to undermine public opposition to oil...
Fossil fuels subsidised by $10m a minute, says IMF
Carrington,Damian
2015
Fossil fuel companies are benefitting from global subsidies of $5.3tn (£3.4tn) a year, equivalent to $10m a minute every day.
Misleading figures on greenhouse gas emissions
Letter to the editor
Diemer, Ulli
2018
A letter to the editor from an oil industry apologist (April 12) tries to excuse the Alberta oilsands’ growing carbon emissions with the argument that Canada accounts for “just” 1.6 per cent of global...
The oil war
Sérén, Jean-Pierre
2013
Declassified documents now reveal what everybody, especially the Iraqis, always knew: the US invaded Iraq to secure its oil supplies for US and allied companies. It hasn't quite worked out as planned.
What Those Who Killed the Tar Sands Report Don't Want You to Know
Nikiforuk, Andrew
2010
Why did a parliamentary committee suddenly destroy drafts of a final report on tar sands pollution? Here's what they knew.