When injustice becomes law, rebellion becomes duty

Lloyd’s of London, the world’s biggest insurance market, has become the first major business organisation to raise its voice about huge potential environmental damage from oil drilling in the Arctic.

The City institution estimates that $100bn (£63bn) of new investment is heading for the far north over the next decade, but believes cleaning up any oil spill in the Arctic, particularly in ice-covered areas, would present “multiple obstacles, which together constitute a unique and hard-to-manage risk”.

Richard Ward, Lloyd’s chief executive, urged companies not to “rush in [but instead to] step back and think carefully about the consequences of that action” before research was carried out and the right safety measures put in place.

The main concerns, outlined in a report drawn up with the help of the Chatham House thinktank, come as the future of the Arctic is reviewed by a House of Commons select committee and just two years after the devastating BP blowout in the Gulf of Mexico.

While not the review I was looking for, I hope it helps give pause to some of the big businesses. One can hope…

The Oil Sands - Canada is doing it wrong

mashkwi:

humanformat:

releasethemermaids:

This is an example of Tar Sands: oil saturated soil that is harvested and through very non-conservative, destructive means the oil is removed from the soil to be sold, refined, distributed, etc. Because of the dense viscosity of tar sands, the substance cannot be pumped or welled- instead it must be mined in an open pit stripping to earth bare. While much of the world’s oil is now found in tar sands, the process used to remove tar sands uses a grossly high amount of power and water causing excess emissions, often triple of what is actually collected from the tar sands.
There are several movements underway to stop the extraction of tar sands. Many of these movements center their platform on the environmental atrocities being committed, but on a deeper level- most of the lands where these deposits exist are documented native land to the indigenous peoples.


I’ll never not reblog anything that opposes those dirty tar sands.

mashkwi:

humanformat:

releasethemermaids:

This is an example of Tar Sands: oil saturated soil that is harvested and through very non-conservative, destructive means the oil is removed from the soil to be sold, refined, distributed, etc. Because of the dense viscosity of tar sands, the substance cannot be pumped or welled- instead it must be mined in an open pit stripping to earth bare. While much of the world’s oil is now found in tar sands, the process used to remove tar sands uses a grossly high amount of power and water causing excess emissions, often triple of what is actually collected from the tar sands.

There are several movements underway to stop the extraction of tar sands. Many of these movements center their platform on the environmental atrocities being committed, but on a deeper level- most of the lands where these deposits exist are documented native land to the indigenous peoples.

I’ll never not reblog anything that opposes those dirty tar sands.

The clash between industry and wildlife in Alberta’s oil sands took a steep toll on black bears last year, with 145 of the animals killed by Fish and Wildlife conservation officers.

It was the highest annual cull in recent history. Nearly half of the black bears were shot after they were attracted to oil sands camps in the Fort McMurray region by food and garbage, The Calgary Herald reports. Another 51 were shot on residential properties.

I lose more respect for my homeland with each passing day. There’s no other means, like tranquilizers, or air horns or something, to make these bears go away?

nationalpost:

Daryl Hannah arrested for protesting proposed Canadian oilsands pipelineActress Daryl Hannah, famous for her movie roles in Splash and Wall Street, was among dozens of anti-oilsands activists arrested Tuesday at the White House in ongoing “sit in” protests against TransCanada Corp.’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline.“Stop the Keystone pipeline,” Hannah shouted as she was being handcuffed by SWAT team officers. “No to the Keystone pipeline.” (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

nationalpost:

Daryl Hannah arrested for protesting proposed Canadian oilsands pipeline
Actress Daryl Hannah, famous for her movie roles in Splash and Wall Street, was among dozens of anti-oilsands activists arrested Tuesday at the White House in ongoing “sit in” protests against TransCanada Corp.’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

“Stop the Keystone pipeline,” Hannah shouted as she was being handcuffed by SWAT team officers. “No to the Keystone pipeline.” (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)