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The growing cost to clean up abandoned and orphaned wells

October 16, 2020 by The Canadian Press

This article was originally published on The Conversation, an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts. Disclosure information is available on the original site. Author: Kevin Kemball, Director – Centre for Boreal Research, Northern Alberta

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The tough question for insurers withdrawing coverage from coal

October 14, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The industry’s concern over carbon emissions, and their impact on climate change, raises the question of whether nuclear energy is better for the environment. “One the one hand, nuclear [energy] is a source of carbon-free power generation. On the other

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Oilsands tailings ponds leaking; federal enforcement unclear: report  

September 4, 2020 by Bob Weber - THE CANADIAN PRESS

An international environmental watchdog says there’s convincing evidence that oilsands tailings ponds are leaking.   “There is strong scientifically valid evidence of … seepage into near-field groundwater around tailings ponds,” says a report from the Commission on Environmental Co-operation, a body

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Climate change creating vast new glacial lakes, future flooding risk: research

August 31, 2020 by The Canadian Press

CALGARY – Meltwater from shrinking glaciers is creating vast lakes that could eventually pose an enormous flooding threat, says newly published research. “Unsurprisingly, we found those lakes are growing,” said Dan Shugar, a geographer at the University of Calgary. “What

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Pipeline owner fined for unsafe incident near GO tracks in Greater Toronto

July 29, 2020 by THE CANADIAN PRESS

CALGARY – The Canada Energy Regulator is fining Trans-Northern Pipelines $40,000 for an incident near a commuter train line in Greater Toronto that resulted in damage to a pipeline transporting gasoline. It says the incident near Oakville could potentially have

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Why insurers cross their fingers after microburst storms in Toronto

July 15, 2020 by Adam Malik

Old infrastructure and combined sewer systems mean that severe thunderstorms like the one seen last week will continue to leave basements flooded for years to come, leaving insurers and claims professionals busy, according to an industry expert. “When you get

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The impact of surreptitious dangerous goods shipments on marine insurance

July 15, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The marine insurance sector saw a huge drop last year in the number of total shipping losses but the industry continues to have a problem with shippers trying to sneak hazardous and flammable cargo on board without declaring it. “Dangerous

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Lac Megantic marks seventh anniversary of 2013 rail disaster with memorial site

July 6, 2020 by Stephanie Marin – THE CANADIAN PRESS

Seven years after a rail disaster decimated its downtown, Lac-Megantic sought Monday to honour both its past and future by inaugurating a long-planned memorial space at the site at the heart of the tragedy. On July 6, 2013, a runaway

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Truck fire in Nova Scotia turns propane cylinders into projectiles

June 25, 2020 by THE CANADIAN PRESS

DEBERT, N.S. – A cleanup is underway in Debert, N.S., after a transport truck carrying over 1,000 propane cylinders caught fire. Nobody was injured in Sunday’s blaze on the Plains Road, which turned a large number of the nine-kilogram cylinders

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How not to handle a lawsuit alleging historical environmental contamination

March 9, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Brokers wanting to advise commercial clients on pollution liability risk might learn a lesson or two from London Transit Commission v. Eaton Industries (Canada) Company, released this past Friday by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. London, Ontario’s city bus

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More insurers may stop covering oil sands: Environmentalist

October 24, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Expect more insurers to stop covering Canadian oil sands infrastructure and pipeline projects, an environmental advocate suggests. “We have seen a lot of insurance companies, over the last four or five years, adopt coal policies and get out of insuring

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Environmental groups to sue Shell over climate change

April 5, 2019 by Mike Corder - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

THE HAGUE, Netherlands – Climate activists delivered a court summons Friday to oil company Shell in a court case aimed at forcing it to do more to rein in carbon emissions. Friends of the Earth Netherlands, one of the groups