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Andrew Nikiforuk

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Andrew Nikiforuk has been writing about the oil and gas industry for nearly 20 years and cares deeply about accuracy, government accountability, and cumulative impacts. He has won seven National Magazine Awards for his journalism since 1989 and top honours for investigative writing from the Association of Canadian Journalists.

Andrew has also published several books. The dramatic, Alberta-based Saboteurs: Wiebo Ludwig’s War Against Big Oil, won the Governor General's Award for Non-Fiction in 2002. Pandemonium, which examines the impact of global trade on disease exchanges, received widespread national acclaim. The Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of the Continent, which considers the world’s largest energy project, was a national bestseller and won the 2009 Rachel Carson Environment Book Award and was listed as a finalist for the Grantham Prize for Excellence In Reporting on the Environment. Andrew's latest book, Empire of the Beetle, a startling look at pine beetles and the world’s most powerful landscape changer, was nominated for the Governor General’s award for Non-Fiction in 2011.

Reporting Beat: Energy and the West.

What is the most important issue facing British Columbians?: The shale gas boom and the total lack of government policy. Shale gas is to this province what bitumen is to Alberta: it's a political game changer with formidable liabilities.

Website: Andrew Nikiforuk

Stories by Andrew Nikiforuk

opinion

A Big Summer Story You Missed: Soaring Oil Debt

Returns diminish as energy companies resort to higher-cost, higher-risk hydrocarbons.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 29 Aug 2014


opinion

What Brought Down the Petrostate Premier?

It may be impolite, but there's one major culprit Alberta needs to address.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 9 Aug 2014


news

Files on Bitumen Pollution Stolen from Peace River Activist

Carmen Langer says computer, memory sticks swiped from his home last weekend.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 8 Aug 2014


news

The Risky Rise of the Dams

With mining growth comes larger, deeper, more unwieldy tailings ponds, experts warn.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 7 Aug 2014


news

Gas Minister's Leaky Well Comments 'Ignorant,' Scientist Says

Cornell engineer takes issue with Coleman's claim that BC is leak-free.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 2 Aug 2014


news

University Handling Public Fracking Review Tied to Firm Training LNG Workers

Questions about conflict of interest in Nova Scotia.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 1 Aug 2014


news

Newfound Threat to Oilsand Projects

TYEE EXCLUSIVE: Researchers discover ancient salt formation key factor in Alberta steam fracking disasters.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 28 Jul 2014


news

Steam Injection Fracking Caused Major Alberta Bitumen Leak

Review finds fractures spread like cracks on a frozen lake, resulting in uncontrolled seepage.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 24 Jul 2014


news

Public Advisor on Fracking Filed Fracking Patent

Gov't fracking consultant Maurice Dusseault claims to have invented less risky process.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 17 Jul 2014


opinion

What's Missing from Canada's Fracking Debate?

This is a long read. Because the current 'debate' leaves out so much.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 2 Jul 2014


news

Ailing Shale Gas Returns Force a 'Drilling Treadmill'

Long-term sustainability of industry is highly questionable, studies show.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 27 Jun 2014


blogs

High natural gas transport costs 'a constraint' to LNG: IEA

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 23 Jun 2014


opinion

No, Northern Gateway Is Not a Nation Builder

On the contrary, its legacy will be a momentous clash of civilizations. Unless it is stopped.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 23 Jun 2014


news

Abandoned Oil Wells Spouting Significant Levels of Methane: Study

Princeton researcher measures leaks that risk groundwater, and increasingly the climate.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 14 Jun 2014


news

Canada's 500,000 Leaky Energy Wells: 'Threat to Public'

Badly sealed oil and gas wellbores leak emissions barely monitored, experts find.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 5 Jun 2014


news

Canadian Fracking Lacks Credible Groundwater Monitoring: Expert

Without proper science on the technique, industry will lose the public's faith, contaminant scientist says.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 4 Jun 2014


books

Fishing in the Haig-Brown Library

The famed BC writer and naturalist collected the wisdom we need, if we'd just sit and read.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 31 May 2014


blogs

Keystone XL hit with unprecedented safety conditions

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 27 May 2014


opinion

Russia-China Gas Deal a Train Wreck for BC

How Clark's promise to voters got signed away in Beijing.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 27 May 2014


news

'Natural Gas Is a Bridge to Nowhere': Cornell Methane Expert

Much-hyped industry in BC plagued by leaks of potent warmer.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 23 May 2014


news

Ernst Argues Alberta's Energy Regulator Not Immune to Charter

Court hears appeal as part of landowner's ongoing fracking lawsuit.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 9 May 2014


blogs

Pipeline regulator denies motion for Trans Mountain cross-exam

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 7 May 2014


news

Alberta Landowner Takes Fight with Energy Regulator Back to Court

Jessica Ernst's appeal of previous ruling in fracking case starts Thursday.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 7 May 2014


opinion

The Real Reasons for the Great Lime Crisis

And what they tell us about a much bigger squeeze you can expect to feel.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 7 May 2014


news

Legal Challenge Filed over Restricted Pipeline Hearings

Citizens shut out of Kinder Morgan review process strike back at regulator.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 6 May 2014


news

Shale Gas Plagued By Unusual Methane Leaks

Scientists investigate high levels of damaging gas released in fracked areas.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 6 May 2014


news

Fracking Growth Outpacing Scientific Knowledge in Canada: Report

Environment Canada-commissioned study urges a 'go slow' approach.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 1 May 2014


news

Cities Demand Cross-Exam of Trans Mountain Pipeline Hearing

Vancouver, Burnaby ask federal regulator to reinstate 'critical' process.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 25 Apr 2014


blogs

Keystone proponent found 'non-compliant' again

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 25 Apr 2014


blogs

Regulator approves more steaming at leaking oilsands site

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 23 Apr 2014


news

No Cross-Exam in Trans Mountain Hearing Hurts NEB Credibility: Economist

Oral process needed for accountability, says Robyn Allan.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 23 Apr 2014


news

Alberta Moves to Strike Down Ernst's Fracking Lawsuit

Landmark case could spark a flood of litigation against the province, lawyer argues.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 18 Apr 2014


blogs

Alberta bitumen boom accompanied by rising worker injuries

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 11 Apr 2014


opinion

Ukraine Crisis Highlights Ugly Global Energy Truths

Enslaved by debt, it represents the worst of corrosive oil and gas politics.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 27 Mar 2014


opinion

Despite Redford's Departure, the Petro State Marches On

Premier's exit will likely prove insignificant to oil-saturated Alberta.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 20 Mar 2014


news

Facing Millions in Cuts, Environment Canada Prepares to Get Lean

Harper gov't releases a trim three-year budget for the department.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 15 Mar 2014


news

Alberta Regulator Quietly Halts Steam Bitumen Mining Near Fort Mac

After several leaks, production frozen while technical review is conducted.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 5 Mar 2014


news

Alberta Mother Fights Five Neighbouring Fracked Wells

Diana Daunheimer's lawsuit follows years of policing industry in her own backyard.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 28 Feb 2014


news

TransCanada Whistleblower's Safety Complaints Validated by Regulator

Audit confirms company failed to meet federal standards.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 26 Feb 2014


blogs

Large dams of mining waste leaking into Athabasca River: study

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 21 Feb 2014


news

How Much Does Western Canada Subsidize Fracking?

Compared to US gov'ts, which take home a greater percentage of revenue, quite a bit.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 19 Feb 2014


blogs

Report lists top scientists who lost jobs due to federal cuts

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 12 Feb 2014


news

Key DFO Library Closure Questions Go Unanswered: Scientists

Feds insist necessary research was 'retained,' but don't mention digitization.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 12 Feb 2014


news

Record Bitumen Seepage in Alberta Continues Unabated

Researchers say energy regulator and industry must do more to explain why.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 8 Feb 2014


news

Fracking Foe Ernst: Alberta Regulator Not Immune to Charter

Landowner's appeal argument foreshadows what could become a major court battle this May.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 6 Feb 2014


blogs

Study shows how much fracking occurs in 'water stressed' areas

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 6 Feb 2014


news

Birth Defects Linked to Natural Gas Mining

Various US studies probe how fracking pollution, chemicals affect the unborn.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 4 Feb 2014


blogs

Study finds industry underreporting of oilsands pollutants

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 3 Feb 2014


news

Swarms of Earthquakes Shake Up Shale Gas Fields

Do tremors plaguing industry in Texas, Holland, and beyond offer a glimpse of BC's future?

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 31 Jan 2014


news

Elizabeth May Questions Legality of Science Library Cullings

'Original materials will be preserved,' counters Tory minister in Parliament spat.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 27 Jan 2014


news

How Many Old Growth Trees Make a Forest?

It's a life or death question for ancient trees TimberWest wants to cut on Sonora Island.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 24 Jan 2014


culture

The Oilsands-Inspired Creation that Looms in Washington

Winnipegger Mia Feuer's art reflects the 'sculptural' transformation of Alberta's landscape.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 23 Jan 2014


news

Librarians Say Cullings Signify Harper's New Info Policy

Closures and 'denigration' of library materials show trend to 'minimalist government.'

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 18 Jan 2014


news

New Democrats Press DFO Minister on Library Closures

'Allegations of effective book burning are very troubling to Canadians': NDP

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 14 Jan 2014


news

Nation's Library Advocate Raises Questions about Federal 'Culling'

Canadian Library Association disturbed by closures, wants proof digitizing is happening.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 13 Jan 2014


news

Eric Marshall 'Disturbed' by Dismantling of Namesake Science Library

'I don't want to have my name associated with empty shelves,' biologist says.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 11 Jan 2014


news

Canada's Science Library Closures Mirror Bush's Playbook

Similar moves by US Republican president met sharp backlash from 10,000 scientists.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 9 Jan 2014


news

Scientists Say DFO's Library Closure Defence Doesn't Add Up

Minister Shea fails to convince researchers trove of information is preserved.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 8 Jan 2014


blogs

Safety alert issued over dangers of fracked oil

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 6 Jan 2014


news

Secret Memo Casts Doubt on Feds' Claims for Science Library Closures

Goal stated is 'culling' research, not preserving and sharing through digitization.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 30 Dec 2013


news

Families Seek Court Injunction Against Tar Sands Producer

Alberta Energy Regulator probe into Peace River emissions sparked in part by Tyee investigation.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 26 Dec 2013


news

What's Driving Chaotic Dismantling of Canada's Science Libraries?

Scientists reject Harper gov't claims vital material is being saved digitally.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 23 Dec 2013


news

Fracking Fighter Jessica Ernst Appeals Court Ruling

Oil patch consultant challenges decision granting Alberta Energy Regulator immunity from damage claims.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 21 Dec 2013


news

Mystery of Michigan Tar Rocks Solved?

Ecology prof says they were there before bitumen spill but questions about BC clean-up challenges remain.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 17 Dec 2013


news

Michigan's Mysterious Tar-like Rocks

Three years after spill, blobs in river raise questions about bitumen cleanup risks.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 16 Dec 2013


blogs

Dallas effectively bans fracking within city limits

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 12 Dec 2013


news

Dismantling of Fishery Library 'Like a Book Burning,' Say Scientists

Harper government shuts down 'world class' collection on freshwater science and protection.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 9 Dec 2013


news

US Energy Independence: Another Pipe Dream, Says Analyst

Top geoscientist spells out startling depletion rates for high-cost shale gas, tight oil wells.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 7 Dec 2013


blogs

LNG boom leads to higher gas prices in US, Australia

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 4 Dec 2013


opinion

Rob Ford, Stephen Harper, Addiction and Denial

Are we roused yet to stand up to bullies who embody Canada's new political extremism?

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 20 Nov 2013


news

Canada's Largest Private Sector Union Calls For Fracking Moratorium

Unifor worried about 'frightening' pollution, worker safety, First Nations rights.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 16 Nov 2013


blogs

Dents and bad welds dog southern leg of Keystone XL

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 14 Nov 2013


blogs

One of world's largest companies fined $2.6 million for bitumen spill

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 12 Nov 2013


blogs

Gutting of Fisheries Act a 'politically motivated abrogation': biologists

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 31 Oct 2013


news

Tim Flannery: 'Innovation Is the Enemy of Oil and Gas'

Aussie climate warrior on 'wild card' natural gas, Oz's coal bust, and the renewable wave.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 29 Oct 2013


news

Alberta's Oil Legacy: Bad Air and Rare Cancers

Sickening carcinogens now saturate the province's Industrial Heartland, study finds.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 24 Oct 2013


news

Alberta Landowners Dispute Energy Regulator over Polluted Well

Couple says 'glaring' data on industry-caused water contamination is ignored.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 18 Oct 2013


news

Alberta Energy Regulator Given Immunity in Landmark Fracking Suit

'I have no choice but to appeal', says plaintiff Jessica Ernst, who alleges industry polluted her water.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 9 Oct 2013


news

Next Oil Sands Threat: Cracking Caprock

Risks of steam-assisted bitumen recovery are too little discussed, experts say.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 7 Oct 2013


blogs

Judge rebukes Alberta for banning enviros from oil sands hearing

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 2 Oct 2013


news

What's Causing Mysterious Bitumen Seepages in Alberta?

Spills show fragility of so-called in-situ, or steam-assisted, production, say experts.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 25 Sep 2013


blogs

Much scrubbing required before BC produces world's cleanest LNG: report

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 23 Sep 2013


blogs

Regulator belatedly investigates Peace River oil sands pollution

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 20 Sep 2013


news

Encana Files Defence in Lawsuit with Fracking Folk Hero

Landmark case could change how shale gas industry is regulated in Canada.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 20 Sep 2013


blogs

Study finds homeowners near fracked wells likely to experience contaminated water

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 26 Jun 2013


news

Authorities 'Caught Flatfooted' on Alberta Flood Disaster: Expert

Hydrologist finds prediction efforts crippled by poor monitoring systems.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 26 Jun 2013


opinion

Calgary's Manhattan Moment

I only hope my city's nightmare is the climate change wake-up Alberta, and Canada, needs.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 24 Jun 2013


news

Its Top Regulator a Petro Insider, Alberta Faces New Major Spill

Plains Midstream is a repeat offender in two countries.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 17 Jun 2013


blogs

Apache spill is one of Alberta's largest pipeline ruptures

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 12 Jun 2013


news

Canada's 'Northern Amazon' on the Brink

Report details how industry, climate change could 'eat up' the Mackenzie River Basin and its vital ecological services.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 10 Jun 2013


blogs

Another pipeline rupture in spill-prone Alberta

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 9 Jun 2013


blogs

TransCanada has a 'culture of non-compliance': engineer to Senate committee

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 7 Jun 2013


news

Bitumen Doesn't Float

Study debunks Enbridge claims that oil sands crude spill is standard clean-up.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 23 May 2013


news

A Tyee Series

Difficult Truths about 'Difficult Oil'

As we work down the hydrocarbon pyramid, energy gets messier and much more costly. Latest in a series.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 22 May 2013


news

A Tyee Series

Solar Dreams, Spanish Realities

Facing limits to sun-powered renewable energy. Latest in a series.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 1 May 2013


blogs

Canadian pipeline whistleblower testifies in Keystone hearing

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 24 Apr 2013


blogs

More troubles on another Enbridge pipeline

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 19 Apr 2013


news

A Tyee Series

Perils and Promise of Turning Plants into Gasoline

There's a reason some call biofuels 'forbidden fuels'. Latest in a series.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 10 Apr 2013


blogs

Enbridge failing to abide safety standards at 117 pump stations: regulator

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 5 Apr 2013


news

Bitumen Bottleneck and Pipelines Fix a Myth: Economist

No basis for claims of $50 million a day losses, says new Allan report.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 3 Apr 2013


blogs

Lobbyist appointed as Alberta's new top energy regulator

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 2 Apr 2013


news

'Pipeline Company Bullies'

A farmer's plea for protections against petro firms who 'take our lands.'

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 30 Mar 2013


news

Alberta's Top Judge to Hear High Profile Fracking Case

Flaming tap water lawsuit by Jessica Ernst faced delay after previous judge promoted.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 29 Mar 2013


news

A Tyee Series

'The Shale Gale Is a Retirement Party'

So concludes an expert analyst of the natural gas boom. Brace for bust.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 27 Mar 2013


news

Another Alberta Family Flees Oil Sands Pollution

Mother who left her Peace River region home behind could 'smell the bitumen.'

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 22 Mar 2013


news

A Tyee Series

Why Energy Experts Get Things Wrong So Often

A history of failed guesses shows how hard it is to forecast fuels of the future.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 20 Mar 2013


blogs

Pipeline whistleblower receives national award

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 18 Mar 2013


blogs

US regulator fines Kinder Morgan for breaking 27 safety rules

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 15 Mar 2013


news

A Tyee Series

What Really Killed Soviet Union? Oil Shock?

Red Empire just ran out of fuel, say growing number of experts.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 13 Mar 2013


opinion

Bitumen's Extraordinary and Popular Delusions

Behold the latest mystical and ecstatic pronouncements of Keystone XL acolytes.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 9 Mar 2013


news

A Tyee Series

The Big Shift Last Time: From Horse Dung to Car Smog

Lessons from an earlier energy transition. Third in a series.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 6 Mar 2013


news

Alberta's Tar Sands Pollution Refugees

'Gassed' by oil sands operations, families say they've been forced to evacuate.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 2 Mar 2013


news

A Tyee Series

Can We Live again in 1964's Energy World?

We must engineer a return to that era's lower usage, says expert Vaclav Smil. Second in a series.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 27 Feb 2013


news

Fracked Gas Won't Solve Energy Crunch: Report

Conserving key to energy independence concludes geologist David Hughes.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 23 Feb 2013


news

Fracking: Feds Throw Wrench in High Profile Lawsuit

Judge suddenly promoted; plaintiff Ernst sees strategy to 'delay and exhaust.'

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 22 Feb 2013


opinion

Alberta's Strange Sinking Sensation

Why can't Canada's wealthiest province break even? Blame the paradox of plenty.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 21 Feb 2013


news

The Making of a Natural Gas Glut

Wall Street drives the shale boom like it did the housing mortgage scandal: report.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 20 Feb 2013


news

A Tyee Series

Andrew Nikiforuk: The Big Shift

A great energy transition is coming. Will it mean a better day for humanity, or turmoil? First in a series.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 18 Feb 2013


news

How Alberta Will Fight Fracking Folk Hero Jessica Ernst

In famous flaming water case, regulator to argue 'no duty of care' to landowners or groundwater.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 16 Jan 2013


news

A Tyee Series

Shale Gas: How Clean Is It?

Fracked fuel far more dirty than industry, governments claim. Final myth in series.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 10 Jan 2013


news

A Tyee Series

Shale Gas: How Often Do Fracked Wells Leak?

When industry says hardly ever, that's a myth. It's a documented, chronic problem. Third in a series.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 9 Jan 2013


news

A Tyee Series

Shale Gas: How Hard on the Landscape?

Industry's claim that clustered wells preserve forests and farms is a myth, says expert. Second in a series.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 8 Jan 2013


news

It's Official: Bitumen Mining Pollutes Northern Waterways

Fed funded oil sands study confirms toxic PAHs alter lakes 90 km away.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 7 Jan 2013


news

A Tyee Series

Shale Gas: Myth and Realities

Nikiforuk tackles top claims fracking industry uses to reassure public. First in a series.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 7 Jan 2013


books

A Salmon Lover's Delight

New collection of recipes and tales of the BC coast make a delicious resource.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 22 Dec 2012


opinion

Nexen Cave-in: Chairman Harper's Economic Desperation

Selling bitumen fast, while it's still hot, is the prime minister's myopic motivation.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 8 Dec 2012


news

Canada's Petro Lobbyists Grow Faster than Pipelines

Nation's lobbying laws among the weakest, energy industry gets top access.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 5 Dec 2012


blogs

Chinese companies more likely to bribe to get business done: corruption watchdog

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 16 Nov 2012


opinion

Chairman Harper's Weakness

Recklessly blind to ruthless aims of China's state-owned firms, PM treats them as any free market investors.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 13 Nov 2012


opinion

Five Reasons to Pause on Canada-China Treaty

US think tank lists inconvenient facts the Harper government ignores.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 25 Oct 2012


news

China Trade Deal a '31-Year Ball and Chain' on Canada

Expert says treaty gives Chinese corporations powers to override Canadians' self-determination.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 19 Oct 2012


blogs

Evan Vokes, subject of Tyee series, central to CBC investigative reports on TransCanada pipeline safety

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 18 Oct 2012


opinion

Chairman Harper and the Chinese Sell-Out

Who needs democracy? Secret treaty is a massive giveaway of Canadian resources and rights with no vote in Parliament.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 11 Oct 2012


blogs

Enbridge ordered back to Kalamazoo River for more clean-up

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 7 Oct 2012


blogs

AB engineers group wants 'dialogue about how pipeline safety is managed'

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 4 Oct 2012


news

Can We De-Friend Oil? Andrew Nikiforuk Speaks Wednesday

Canada's acclaimed energy journalist tackles The Big Question October 3 in Vancouver. Here's a taste.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 1 Oct 2012


news

A Tyee Series

Pipeline Whistleblower: Cracks in The System

Insider ties poor weld inspections to rising rate of ruptures. Part two of a Tyee investigation.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 1 Oct 2012


news

A Tyee Series

Pipeline Violations Poorly Enforced: Engineer

Former TransCanada employee says rupture risk is widespread, files safety complaint to PMO, regulators. A Tyee investigation, part one.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 28 Sep 2012


opinion

Peter Lougheed's Radical Legacy

His supposed ardent admirers ignore his true gift to Canada: six principles for developing resources.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 17 Sep 2012


news

Canada's National Energy Board Slammed for Kalamazoo Spill

Critics say tighter oversight of Enbridge activities could have prevented disaster.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 23 Aug 2012


news

It Just Gets Worse: NTSB's Final Flaying of Enbridge

US federal investigator's latest 'Summary of Enbridge Organizational Deficiencies' reprinted here.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 1 Aug 2012


news

Enbridge Execs Got Big Pay Raises After Continent's Costliest Pipeline Spill

CEO's salary jumped 35 per cent to $8.1 million just months after disaster.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 12 Jul 2012


news

'Culture of Deviance' at Enbridge, Finds US Transport Safety Board

'Corrosion' of safety culture 'throughout the Enbridge organization' led to Kalamazoo disaster.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 10 Jul 2012


blogs

US gov't issues health alert for fracking sands

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 4 Jul 2012


blogs

Enbridge faces $3.7 million in fines for 2010 Kalamazoo spill

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 3 Jul 2012


news

Enbridge Safety Standards Not Yet 'World Class': Employee

Understaffing and hostile work culture contributed to US spill, operator testimony shows.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 29 Jun 2012


blogs

Changes to Fisheries Act provide 'flexibility' for pollution: Minister

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 26 Jun 2012


news

Spill Crisis: 'Whatever, We're Going Home'

Inside the Edmonton Enbridge control room that botched the worst bitumen pipeline leak ever.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 22 Jun 2012


news

Enbridge Not Positioned to Pay for Gateway Oil Spill: Report

BC taxpayers could be on hook for massive clean-up costs says economist Allan.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 5 Jun 2012


blogs

Oil sands sparked 'uniquely Canadian strain' of Dutch Disease: report

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 31 May 2012


opinion

The Gem of Canadian Science that Harper Killed

Experimental Lakes Area was world famous; its findings might have saved Canada billions.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 23 May 2012


opinion

Hellish Highway 63 Strikes Again

Andrew Nikiforuk's call for a crack down. Plus, an excerpt on the road to Fort McMurray from 'Tar Sands.'

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 5 May 2012


blogs

Landmark fracking lawsuit starts with twist in Alberta

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 27 Apr 2012


opinion

Petro State per Usual: Reading Alberta's Election

Why it's so hard to kick out or reform an oil-fueled government.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 25 Apr 2012


opinion

Danielle Smith Is No Sarah Palin

Palin was braver against Big Oil. And more political truths Alaska reveals about Alberta.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 21 Apr 2012


news

Economist Blasts Rosy Reports on Canadian Oil Economics

Four documents extolling oil sands and Gateway pipeline more 'propaganda' than business cases, says Robyn Allan.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 11 Apr 2012


opinion

The Death of the Reverend

Andrew Nikiforuk wrote the book on Wiebo Ludwig. Now he writes his obituary.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 11 Apr 2012


news

Albertans Get Bum Deal from Oil Industry: Report

Low royalties deprive province of 'significant, increasing amounts of potential revenue.'

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 5 Apr 2012


opinion

Understanding Harper's Evangelical Mission

Signs mount that Canada's government is beholden to a religious agenda averse to science and rational debate.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 26 Mar 2012


news

Don't Gut Fisheries Act, Plead 625 Scientists

Tories plan to stop protecting waterways with fish deemed to lack 'economic, cultural or ecological value.'

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 24 Mar 2012


blogs

'Industry people have threatened me': AB air pollution campaigner

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 14 Mar 2012


news

Scientists Doubt Fix to Wetlands Damaged by Oil Sands

Current reclamation efforts fail to replace valuable carbon-storing landscapes, study finds.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 14 Mar 2012


opinion

Iran, Canada and the Petro State

ENERGY & EQUITY: Nikiforuk on how oil lubricates bellicose statecraft.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 5 Mar 2012


opinion

Finally, Canada Goes to School on Dutch Disease

Ontario-Alberta premier spat over oil sands expansion highlights symptoms of growing petro-fever.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 29 Feb 2012


news

Alberta Plays Catch-up on Frack Front

Regulator acknowledges water risks, says hydraulic fluids disclosure will be required.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 23 Feb 2012


news

The Sinopec File

Pollution, bribes, more. Nikiforuk pries open the record of China's oil giant, business partner for Northern Gateway pipeline.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 18 Feb 2012


opinion

Harper in China

ENERGY & EQUITY: Why should Canada now beg to fuel China's colossal waste of energy?

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 9 Feb 2012


news

Oil Sands Produces Its Own Heat Island Effect

Dramatic changes to landscape raise temps, UA study finds.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 8 Feb 2012


news

Economist Calls Gateway Pipeline an Inflationary 'Threat'

Former CEO of ICBC concludes project 'is neither needed nor in public interest.'

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 2 Feb 2012


opinion

Eleven Oily Questions for Every MP

ENERGY & EQUITY: Before you make oil sands and pipeline decisions, can you answer these queries?

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 1 Feb 2012


blogs

Alberta launches legal action against logging protesters

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 31 Jan 2012


news

We'll Frack Alberta's Next Election, Vow Landowners

Drilling accident fuels rebellion demanding halt to hydraulic fracturing.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 25 Jan 2012


opinion

What the Keystone Rejection Really Reveals

ENERGY & EQUITY: The ruthless, evolving nature of energy politics.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 19 Jan 2012


opinion

The Expert's Report that Damns the Northern Gateway Pipeline

Veteran energy analyst David Hughes calculates three reasons the project is bad for Canada.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 12 Jan 2012


opinion

An Open Reply to Joe Oliver's Propaganda for the Petro State

ENERGY & EQUITY: Nikiforuk joins the fray.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 11 Jan 2012


news

Fracking Contamination 'Will Get Worse': Alberta Expert

Tighter regulations to protect groundwater needed, says U of Alberta geochemist.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 19 Dec 2011


news

US Study Casts Pall over BC's Shale Gas Biz

Despite industry safety assurances, EPA finds hydraulic fracturing fluids in drinking water.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 9 Dec 2011


opinion

Revenge of the Gadgets

ENERGY & EQUITY: The lethal footprint of 'handy' gizmos will stomp us into oblivion.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 8 Dec 2011


opinion

Fighting Crime in the Oil Sands

ENERGY & EQUITY: Alberta catches water thief red-handed! Punishment is, um, 'creative.'

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 28 Nov 2011


news

Fracking and Quaking: They're Linked

And scientists, the military, and frackers themselves have known it for years.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 18 Nov 2011


blogs

Shale gas subsidies threaten BC water supply: CCPA report

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 10 Nov 2011


news

Natural Gas Exports Threaten Energy Security Says Expert

Canada judged too quick to deplete fields; domestic demand to soar.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 10 Nov 2011


opinion

A Tyee Series

China, and Two More Ethical Challenges to Oil Sands

ENERGY & EQUITY: Last in a list of ways Canada is turning a blessing into a curse.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 3 Nov 2011


opinion

A Tyee Series

Two More Ethical Challenges to Canada's Oil Sands

ENERGY & EQUITY: Listing the limitations to bitumen boosting. Part two.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 26 Oct 2011


news

Tell Us What's Being Done to Our Groundwater, Demand Albertans

Push for transparency after province closed once-public records on aquifer quality.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 17 Oct 2011


opinion

A Tyee Series

Oil Sands: Canada's 10 Ethical Challenges

ENERGY & EQUITY: How we turned a blessing into a curse, and ways to atone. Part one.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 14 Oct 2011


books

Nikiforuk: What the Bark Beetle Taught Me

A six-legged memorandum from the author of the new insect epic, 'Empire of the Beetle.'

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 3 Oct 2011


opinion

Five Falsehoods About 'Ethical Oil'

ENERGY & EQUITY: Morality doesn't guide the crude brotherhood, never did.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 29 Sep 2011


opinion

Nikiforuk: Yes, Refine Oil Sands Crude Right Here

Former premier Lougheed is right. Piping raw bitumen to US is a lousy deal for Alberta's people.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 22 Sep 2011


opinion

What's Playing Havoc with Economy? Costly Energy

ENERGY & EQUITY: Beyond debt, bubbles and regulatory fiascos lies the crude truth.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 20 Sep 2011


news

Documents Reveal Industry and Gov't Collude on Shale Gas

Alberta New Dems release secret agreements about handling public opinion.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 19 Aug 2011


opinion

Thoughts on Norway, Oil and the Berserker

Affluence, the tragedy reminds us, is no defence against extremism.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 27 Jul 2011


opinion

What Saves Energy? Shame

ENERGY & EQUITY: There's power in people caring what their neighbours do.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 14 Jul 2011


blogs

TransCanada lowballs risks of Keystone pipeline leaks

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 11 Jul 2011


opinion

Shale Gas Gives No Emissions Edge over Coal

ENERGY & EQUITY: Studies sweep away clean image of the blue flame.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 7 Jul 2011


opinion

Alberta's Carbon Guinea Pigs

ENERGY & EQUITY: It's crazy to spend a billion pumping CO2 underground. Ask the Dutch, who said no.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 1 Jul 2011


opinion

'Sowing the Oil'

Canada, heed the nation-building dream of Venezuelan Arturo Uslar Pietri. Latest in Andrew Nikiforuk's ENERGY & EQUITY series.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 24 Jun 2011


opinion

National Energy Board: Captured Regulator?

What happens when watchdog becomes lapdog? Nikiforuk's latest ENERGY & EQUITY inquiry.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 17 Jun 2011


blogs

Oil sands, world’s largest energy project, faces severe water shortages

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 10 Jun 2011


opinion

Gooey Oil Sands Lies PR Flacks Tell: Call BS!

Nikiforuk's latest ENERGY & EQUITY column includes a clip and send to-do list for decision makers.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 10 Jun 2011


opinion

How Fish Use Energy Teaches True Oil Economics

ENERGY & EQUITY, a Tyee column by Andrew Nikiforuk, this week explains the secret of EROI.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 3 Jun 2011


opinion

Why Keystone Pipeline Will Weaken the US

It's just a 'tar sands road to China'. Nikiforuk lays out a surprising analayis in this, his latest Energy & Equity column.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 27 May 2011


news

Wikileaks Shines Light on Alberta's $16-Billion Electricity Scandal

US cables signal project was for export, contrary to official claims.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 26 May 2011


news

More and More, the Boreal Will Burn

Wildfire, beetles, climate change and their combustible connections.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 20 May 2011


opinion

Debunking the 'Shale Gale'

Industry has 'overblown' the benefits of shale gas, according to a new report.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 16 May 2011


opinion

Thar She Blows: Whale Age Teaches Us about Oil

A boom, a bonanza, a decimation, a collapse. Learn from Ahab.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 12 May 2011


opinion

You and Your Slaves

Yes, you're the slave master of many energy-driven gadgets that replace human labour. But our slave society won't last.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 5 May 2011


opinion

Albertan, Tired of Her Tap Water Catching Fire, Sues

Scientist Jessica Ernst hits gas giant EnCana, regulators with fracking lawsuit.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 28 Apr 2011


news

Bruce Carson Scandal Greased by Harper's Oil Sands Agenda

Taxpayer millions set up PM advisor to push petro interests from U of Calgary. A special Tyee investigation.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 27 Apr 2011


opinion

Biggest Silent Election Issue: Oil's Erosion of Canada

Petro wealth is fouling our country's character, as it did many others'.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 21 Apr 2011


opinion

Truth Comes out on 'Fracking' Toxins

Who finally tells us the nasty chemicals used for shale gas drilling in Western Canada? The US Congress.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 20 Apr 2011


opinion

Japan, Oil and the Fragility of Globalization

'Energy and Equity' starts today -- Andrew Nikiforuk's new weekly Tyee column about oil, energy and civilization.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 14 Apr 2011


news

How to Kill a Heritage River

Inside the fight to save Alberta's pristine Clearwater from massive 'industrial withdrawal'.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 13 Apr 2011


opinion

The Gwyn Morgan File: EnCana's Grip on BC

How Christy Clark's advisor steered his Alberta petro giant to become the most powerful corporation in this province. Second of two.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 18 Mar 2011


opinion

The Gwyn Morgan File: Rise of a Shale Gas Baron

Christy Clark picked the EnCana empire builder to guide her into power, and that says volumes about who's shaping BC's future. Part one of two.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 17 Mar 2011


opinion

Alberta Fills Pipes with Corrosive Denial

With so many now heeding the harsh effect oil sands bitumen has on pipelines and refineries, why aren't the province's regulators?

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 21 Feb 2011


news

How Alberta's $16-billion Electricity Scandal Plugs into the Oil Sands

And why some call project opponent Joe Anglin a 'dangerous' guy.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 8 Feb 2011


news

Does Keith Wilson Look Like a Revolutionary to You?

In Alberta he does, taking down government by exposing a $16 billion scandal one power point at a time.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 4 Feb 2011


opinion

Alberta Still Wears Pollution Blinders: Report

Yet another study finds oil sands environmental monitoring isn't remotely up to the job.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 1 Feb 2011


opinion

Alberta's New Political Volatility

Ed Stelmach got tossed from a once stable ship now rocked by petro dollar storms.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 27 Jan 2011


news

More Fizz to Saskatchewan Carbon Storage Controversy

Group overseeing project says it will refute study saying CO2 is bubbling back to surface.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 19 Jan 2011


opinion

Tar Sands Oil Some of World's Dirtiest: Report

Findings counter studies that put bitumen's carbon footprint slightly higher than regular crude.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 14 Jan 2011


opinion

Pfffft Goes Promise of Pumping C02 Underground

Farmers say high profile carbon sequestration experiment is a bubbling, dangerous failure.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 12 Jan 2011


opinion

Peter Kent's Oily New Portfolio

Canada's new environment minister could have acknowledged the facts. Instead, we get slippery spin.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 7 Jan 2011


opinion

Series of Reports Blacken Oil Sands Managers

Oilsands Advisory Panel backs previous studies blasting reckless ways of world's largest energy project.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 22 Dec 2010


news

A Tyee Series

Idea #1: The Green Hawks Are Coming

Who's super serious about renewable energy and repelling climate change? The US military, of all people.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 20 Dec 2010


opinion

Nikiforuk Pores Over Royal Society's Oil Sands Study

What the scientists got right, and missed, in their high-profile, largely damning report.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 16 Dec 2010


opinion

Alberta's Soviet Meal Deal

To know why an oil-rich province forces hospital patients to eat thawed slop, meet the man they call The Cookie Monster.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 24 Nov 2010


news

The Hunger Strike of Mary-Ellen Proctor

An army of women joined in fasting to bring attention to the lack of shelter for battered women and children in Fort McMurray.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 15 Nov 2010


news

Gouged Earth: Big Part of Oil Sands Carbon Footprint

What's more destructive, rainforest wrecking bio-fuel farms or Alberta's open pit mines? Study adds it up.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 4 Nov 2010


news

A Fracking Disaster in the Making: Report

Blasting shale rock with toxic fluid can release riches in natural gas, but threatens critical water supplies.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 15 Oct 2010


blogs

Prentice disgusted by mutant fish, appoints oil sands review panel

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 1 Oct 2010


opinion

James Cameron Glides into the Tar Sands

Andrew Nikiforuk is there as Hollywood's biggest director visits Extremistan.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 30 Sep 2010


opinion

The Fallacy of 'Ethical Oil'

Better to describe Canada's oil sands crude as 'the devil's tears.'

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 22 Sep 2010


news

A Smoking Gun on Athabasca River: Deformed Fish

Top water ecologist cites evidence of extreme pollution near oil sands.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 17 Sep 2010


opinion

Nikiforuk to Enviro Ministers: What Are You Guys Drinking?

Seems to be Kool-Aid from the tar sands lobby, as Renner and Prentice shrug off a key study.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 2 Sep 2010


news

Oil Sands Pollute with Fish-Killing Toxins, New Study Shows

Detection of high heavy metals levels in Athabasca River contradicts government claims.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 30 Aug 2010


opinion

The Republican Who Dared Tell the Truth About Oil

Matt Simmons understood the wages of addiction and wasn't afraid to sound warnings, even to George W. Bush.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 30 Aug 2010


news

'Constant Denial': Liberal Report on Tar Sands Is Scathing

Grits' dissenting report on two-year parliamentary study calls for sweeping reforms.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 19 Aug 2010


opinion

How the Tar Sands Threaten Canada's Economic Fate

A short course in Dutch Disease, deindustrialization and the Bitumen Curse.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 13 Aug 2010


news

The Enbridge Dirty Dozen

Michigan disaster follows 12 other big spills or penalties this decade for giant aiming to pipe tar sands oil to Kitimat

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 31 Jul 2010


opinion

Alberta Hides Dirty Truth as US Demands Tar Sands Facts

Potential buyers of tar sands oil want to know its true carbon footprint, but industry won't come clean.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 29 Jul 2010


opinion

What Those Who Killed the Tar Sands Report Don't Want You to Know

Why did a parliamentary committee suddenly destroy drafts of a final report on tar sands pollution? Here's what they knew.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 15 Jul 2010


opinion

The Bombings, the Olympics and the Police

Investigators won't succeed by treating rural citizens like Taliban suspects.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 13 Jan 2010