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Andrew Nikiforuk


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. 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. And Slick Water: Fracking and One Insider’s Stand Against the World’s Most Powerful Industry, won the 2016 Science in Society Journalism Award.

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


Fish Farms Expose Wild Salmon to Deadly Virus, Study Finds

Wild fish exposed to farms are nine times more likely to carry virus linked to deadly disease.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, Today


Breaking Bad: The Pathology of Site C

John Horgan’s NDP government ignored basic truths and now commits BC to greater environmental disaster.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 12 Dec 2017


The Pipeline Tyrants

NEB ruling that Kinder Morgan can ignore Burnaby bylaws just latest injustice.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 8 Dec 2017


The Illusion of Progress: China’s Electric Cargo Ship To Carry Coal

Another chapter in the long con that claims technology will solve our problems.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 8 Dec 2017


Energy Minister’s Fracking Defence Ignores Research

Mungall, Liberal critics silent on risks of water contamination and methane leaks, despite science.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 5 Dec 2017


Despite What Politicians Say, Hundreds of BC Gas Wells Leak Methane

Industry regulator withheld data from government for four years.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 23 Nov 2017


Trudeau, Orwell and ‘Deliverology’

PM embraces a political fad that promises accountability and delivers — well, nothing.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 23 Nov 2017


‘Red Flag’ Raised: Study Finds Possible Fracking Risk to Pregnant BC Women

Researchers found markers suggested benzene levels 3.5 times normal levels for women in northeast.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 16 Nov 2017


BC Supreme Court Orders End to Fish Farm Occupation

Indigenous protestors vow to continue legal battle.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 15 Nov 2017


Fish Farm Occupations Net High Political Drama

First Nations vs. fish farms dispute moves to provincial legislature as NDP and Liberals square off and government announces review of lab.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 26 Oct 2017


Unregulated Energy Industry Dams At Risk, Oil and Gas Commission Finds

Seven of 51 dams inspected after researcher exposed problems require remedial action.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 16 Oct 2017


Kill Site C, Former Hydro CEO Tells Commission

Marc Eliesen said project not needed, costs underestimated and consumers at risk.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 13 Oct 2017


Do Energy Industry Activities Threaten Dams? BC Hydro Now Says Yes

Oil and gas tribunal decision upholds shutdown of waste water disposal due to earthquake risk to Peace Canyon Dam.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 6 Oct 2017


Why Megafires Will Shape Your Future

Climate change, industrialization and forest mismanagement creating a perfect firestorm, warns new book.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 4 Oct 2017


Tensions Rising in Fish Farm Occupations

DFO warns of charges; ‘See you in court,’ say Indigenous protesters.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 21 Sep 2017


Utilities Commission Warned of Site C Cost Overruns, Delays

Deloitte reports questions BC Hydro demands forecasts, points to cheaper alternative power sources.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 13 Sep 2017


Reject Site C as a Fiscal Nightmare for Taxpayers, Says Former BC Hydro Head

Marc Eliesen recommends that NDP cancel ‘reckless’ dam.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 17 Aug 2017


Sea Shepherd Documents Wild Fish Trapped in BC Salmon Farm

Studies show fish farms attract wild species, can spread viruses and parasites.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 8 Aug 2017


No Conflict of Interest on Shawnigan Lake Review as Government OKed It, Rules Professional Body

Green MLA who fought project disturbed by findings.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 4 Aug 2017


Alexandra Morton Launches Second Seaborne Offensive Against Salmon Farms

Activist sails on Sea Shepherd Society ship to highlight disease risks, First Nations’ concerns.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 3 Aug 2017


How BC’s LNG Fiasco Went So Wrong

Government, cheerleaders were blind to market forces that doomed the pipe dream. Will NDP make the same mistake?

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 31 Jul 2017


‘Basic Economics’ Kill $11-Billion LNG Project on BC’s Coast

Malaysian oil giant Petronas pulls out of project, citing ‘changes in market conditions.’

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 25 Jul 2017


Earthquake Expert Proposes ‘No Frack Zone’ around Critical Infrastructure

Measure would protect public from growing threat of industry-triggered quakes.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 24 Jul 2017


BC’s LNG Industry Dealt Another Blow as Regulator Forced to Re-Review Gas Pipeline

Federal appeal court rules National Energy Board erred in earlier ruling.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 21 Jul 2017


New Threat Deer Disease Could Spread to Humans, Demands Urgent Response, Says Expert

Game farming organization downplays risks.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 12 Jul 2017


One-Third of BC’s Oil and Gas Wells Leaking Significant Levels of Methane, Study Finds

David Suzuki Foundation scientists measured leaks from wells near Fort St. John.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 5 Jul 2017


Alberta Failing on Risk From Leaking Oil and Gas Wells, Says Expert

AER’s former chief environmental scientist says regulator can’t deliver on mandate to protect health and safety.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 4 Jul 2017


Energy Industry Legacy: Hundreds of Abandoned Wells Leaking Methane in Alberta Communities

Tyee obtains unreleased report that shows leaks pose threats to health, explosion risk.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 28 Jun 2017


New Research Sparks Health Canada Warning Deer Plague Might Infect Humans

Chronic wasting disease long thought not to affect human health.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 24 Jun 2017


Study Finds Wild Salmon Infected by Sea Lice Grow More Slowly, ‘More Liable to Die’

Meanwhile, biologist Alexandra Morton reports outbreak of lice off BC’s coast.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 20 Jun 2017


Fish Farm Drops Trespass Lawsuit Against ‘John and Jane Doe,’ but Not Morton

Marine Harvest not suing First Nation members who boarded farm and issued eviction notice.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 13 Jun 2017


Why Is Trudeau Blowing His Chance to Curb Dangerous, Climate-Warming Methane?

The facts and solutions are readily available, but our pipeline-loving PM stalls.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 7 Jun 2017


UN Renews Call for Site C Review to Protect National Park

Meanwhile, Clark claims delaying the dam a year could cost $600 million.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 6 Jun 2017


Forget Any Economic Windfall from Kinder Morgan, Analyst Says

In damning report, David Hughes challenges claims that Trans Mountain will boost Canada’s oil prices.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 31 May 2017


What Just Happened in British Columbia? And What’s Ahead?

Tyee contributors weigh in on last night’s provincial election results.

By Crawford Kilian, Andrew Nikiforuk, Judith Sayers and Paul Willcocks, 10 May 2017


Where Great Bear Rainforest Protection Is a Lie

How the Clark government let donors plunder Phillips Arm while calling it a rare grizzly bear ‘jewel.’

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 8 May 2017


No Gov’t Safety Process for Siting Liquefied Natural Gas Plants: Report

US precautions against terrorists, other risks aren’t mirrored in Canada says eco-group.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 4 May 2017


Petronas Subsidiary Built Unauthorized Dams For Fracking: Report

CCPA investigation finds fracking companies built dozens of dams, some five storeys high, without permits.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 3 May 2017


How Safe Is LNG? Not as Safe as the BC Government Has Claimed

New studies and past incidents raise questions about location standards and safety.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 28 Apr 2017


Canada’s Methane Leakage Massively Under-reported, Studies Find

New data shows ‘fracking and LNG industry is a much dirtier industry than it is made out to be.’

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 27 Apr 2017


LNG Exports Pose a Threat to Domestic Jobs, Warn US Manufacturers

Meanwhile, Australia rattled by its LNG-triggered energy crisis.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 25 Apr 2017


Mega-Fracking in BC Linked to Earthquakes, Study Finds

Expert recommends establishing ‘exclusion zones’ to protect infrastructure from quake damage.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 18 Apr 2017


The New World Order: Failing States and Collapsing Systems

Our global dramas are now driven by the end of cheap energy, journalist Nafeez Ahmed argues.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 14 Apr 2017


Methane Leaks from Energy Wells Affects Groundwater, Travels Great Distances, Study Confirms

Researchers call for effective monitoring in Canada.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 11 Apr 2017


Sarita Bay LNG Vote Came with Promise of Multimillion-Dollar Education Fund

‘It was like an ultimatum to vote yes,’ says citizen of Huu-ay-aht First Nation.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 6 Apr 2017


United Nations Says Canada’s Largest Park Under Threat, Calls for Site C Review

Downstream impacts of BC’s mega-dam should be assessed: UNESCO report.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 13 Mar 2017


Energy Industry Uses Money, Army of Lobbyists to Influence BC Government

Study finds sector reported almost 20,000 lobbying contacts in just six years.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 8 Mar 2017


Why Is a Norwegian Disease on a BC Fish Farm Such a Big Deal?

New study highlights risks to industry, and wild fish.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 4 Mar 2017


Study Confirms Deadly Disease in BC Salmon Farms

Research identifies HSMI in farmed fish, links to widespread virus.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 27 Feb 2017


Government Cancels Contaminated Soil Landfill Permit in Shawnigan Lake

Who will clean up the mess, asks community?

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 24 Feb 2017


Another Wild West Show? BC’s Regulatory Experiment with Professional Reliance

Critics say it amounts to deregulation and less government oversight.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 21 Feb 2017


Warning for BC: Methane Emissions Still Increasing in Big US Shale Play

Despite drilling downturn in Pennsylvania, potent greenhouse gas on the rise.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 16 Feb 2017


Alberta’s Growing $30-Billion Liability: Inactive Wells

Compared to other jurisdictions, province lets oil firms off the hook when it comes to cleaning up.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 13 Feb 2017


Time to Reform Our ‘Captured’ National Energy Board, Says Expert

First up: move the scandal-ridden regulator back to Ottawa, argues Marc Eliesen.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 9 Feb 2017


On Oil Spills, Alberta Regulator Can’t Be Believed: New Report

Scale and impact of spills underestimated, finds ecologist researcher.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 9 Feb 2017


On Jessica Ernst, and the Vagaries of Justice in Canada

Landowner’s ruling shows our legal system can easily lose sight of its mission.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 2 Feb 2017


Environment Minister Suspends Permit for Leaky Landfill in Shawnigan Lake

‘This is a huge step,’ says regional director leading opposition to site.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 28 Jan 2017


Water Below Shawnigan Lake Landfill Exceeded Heavy Metal Guidelines

‘Why is this company being allowed to operate outside its permitting conditions?’ asks regional director.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 26 Jan 2017


Approval for Shawnigan Lake Dump Tainted by ‘False and Misleading’ Information

Judge orders Environmental Appeal Board to hold new hearing on controversial waste site.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 24 Jan 2017


Expanding Tar Sands Will Kill Paris Targets and Climate Stability, Report Finds

Pipeline approvals ‘make the goals impossible to reach,’ finds Oil Change International.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 19 Jan 2017


Alberta Energy Regulator’s Response to Ernst Case ‘Inaccurate and Misleading’, Say Professors

Agency misrepresents Supreme Court ruling on right to sue over alleged Charter violations, they say.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 19 Jan 2017


Landowner Loses Fight to Sue Regulator in Fracking Case

In split decision, justices say Jessica Ernst has no right to sue over alleged Charter violations.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 13 Jan 2017


Fight to Stop Oil Spoiling BC’s Coast Is 50 Years Old

Visionary Roderick Haig-Brown led it early. Last in a series.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 23 Dec 2016


Hovering over Site C, a Ghost with a Warning

Words for resisters, from BC’s late, great conservationist Roderick Haig-Brown. Part of a series.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 22 Dec 2016


The Macabre Petroleum Waltz of Trump and Putin

And the oil industry powers who are calling the tune.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 21 Dec 2016


Fish Hatcheries Are No Fix and He Tried to Warn Us

Latest in a series quoting BC’s visionary conservationist, Roderick Haig-Brown.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 21 Dec 2016


Say No to BC’s ‘Avaricious’ Boom and Bust Rulers

Warnings from the ghost of Roderick Haig-Brown. Second in a series quoting the Campbell River visionary.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 20 Dec 2016


BC’s Prophet: The Ghost of Roderick Haig-Brown Speaks

New series revisits the famed writer’s eerily apt warnings on today’s big issues.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 19 Dec 2016


New Study, EPA Report Highlight Fracking’s Risk to Groundwater

Oil and gas industry claims undercut by growing body of research.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 17 Dec 2016


Global Hoarding? Human-made Junk Now Outweighs Humans Themselves, Scientists Say

New research shows rapid growth of so-called ‘technosphere.’

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 8 Dec 2016


Kinder Morgan Approval Insults Democracy, Science and Economic Logic

It’s an irrational political decision and affront to Canada’s interests.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 30 Nov 2016


Trudeau’s Six Unanswered Questions on Kinder Morgan Expansion

Government’s own ministerial panel reviewed the evidence, and posed these queries.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 28 Nov 2016


Why BC’s ‘Wilderness Father’ Matters More than Ever

Musings on life and legacy of radical conservationist Roderick Haig-Brown.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 24 Nov 2016


Fish Farms Illegal, Say Morton, First Nation Chiefs

Marine Harvest lawsuit brings legal challenge to operations on much of coast.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 18 Nov 2016


The End of Growth and the Rise of Trump

Era of global growth is over, and Trump’s the first of coming calamities.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 10 Nov 2016


BC’s LNG Fraud

Behind the Trump-like hype: fleeced taxpayers and a surge of climate pollution.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 10 Nov 2016


A Bold Clean-Up Plan for Alberta’s Giant Oil Industry Pollution Liabilities

‘RAFT’ proposal would replace energy jobs with needed clean-up work.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 4 Nov 2016


Contamination Worries Heighten in Shawnigan Lake

BC Green leader Andrew Weaver calls for environment minister’s resignation.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 28 Oct 2016


Justice Delayed? Ernst Fracking Case Still Awaits Supreme Court Ruling

Alberta landowner’s complex lawsuit has now lasted nine years in total.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 25 Oct 2016


Four Harsh Truths for Canada’s Lovestruck Pipeline Politicians

A reality check for our bitumen-besotted leaders.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 21 Oct 2016


Alexandra Morton Sues DFO for Allegedly Failing to Protect Wild Salmon

Lack of measures to prevent transfer of deadly disease from farmed fish breaks law, suit charges.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 15 Oct 2016


Pipeline Memo Guiding Trudeau Gov’t ‘Riddled with Mistakes’

Economist Allan tells Natural Resources it was ‘dangerously misled’ four ways.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 7 Oct 2016


Fish Farm Sues Alexandra Morton for Trespassing

The activist-biologist, a long-time critic of the industry, describes development as a ‘SLAPP’ suit.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 30 Sep 2016


Crash of ‘The Mechanic’: Oil Sands Flogger Bruce Carson Found Guilty

Harper insider convicted on three counts of illegal lobbying.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 21 Sep 2016


US Study Confirms Rapid Increase of Methane Emissions by Oil and Gas

Spike corresponds with timing of shale gas boom.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 16 Sep 2016


First Nation Protestors Rally For Fish Farm Evictions

Campbell River meeting comes as Morton video of farmed fish goes viral.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 31 Aug 2016


RCMP Arrest Four Indigenous Protesters over Fish Farm Action

‘It is the right of any human to protect their land and water,’ says one protester.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 25 Aug 2016


First Nation Serves Evictions Notices to BC Fish Farms

Orders follow a number of developments, including federal decision to extend licences.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 22 Aug 2016


Meet the Crew Aboard the Fish-Farm Patrolling ‘Martin Sheen’

No ‘hippie terrorists’ here, the sailors supporting Alexandra Morton’s research mission share a passion for ocean life.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 8 Aug 2016


‘There Is a Dead One There’: Patrolling Fish Farms with Alexandra Morton

As biologist’s research quest continues, industry decries use of drones and cameras as ‘harassment.’

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 2 Aug 2016


Sea Lice Exploded among Wild Young Salmon near BC Fish Farms: Study

Parasites spiked in Broughton area salmon pens, and hit decade high among wild juveniles, says new report.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 25 Jul 2016


Sea Shepherd ‘Pirates’ to Turn Spotlight on BC Salmon Farms

Biologist Alexandra Morton welcomes conservation society’s support; fish farmers ‘alarmed.’

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 19 Jul 2016


Ottawa Approves Controversial Chemical for Ocean Oil Spills

Corexit’s critics say it’s ineffective and might increase damage to marine ecosystems.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 18 Jul 2016


Why Do We Pretend to Clean Up Ocean Oil Spills?

Many scientists describe such efforts as 'prime-time theatre.' Yet the farce continues.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 13 Jul 2016


The European Union and the Misery of Bigness

Brexit voters should recognize Leopold Kohr's belief that large institutions concentrate power and ignore local needs.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 23 Jun 2016


Radioactive Ranchers? Elements Found Downwind of Intensive Fracking

Nielle and Howard Hawkwood now want a moratorium on Alberta industry.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 11 Jun 2016


New Report Knocks Down Pro-Pipelines 'Fantasies'

The economic case is a bust and emissions will shatter limits: expert.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 2 Jun 2016


Why Scientists Are Amazed at Oilsands Smog Levels

Air pollution report in Nature shocks even Canada's top researchers.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 30 May 2016


Evidence of Fish Farm Disease Detected in BC

Government backs down from court appeal based on 'new information.'

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 23 May 2016


The Other Fire: Fort McMurray's Slow Burn

Homes can be restored, but not the bitumen boom that first put them there.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 13 May 2016


Groundwater Contamination from Fracking Changes over Time: Study

Texas study finds quality fluctuates as nearby industry evolves.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 7 May 2016


A Brief Visit to Colorado's Brave New Cannabis World

Is The Farm, with its earnest salespeople and eager shoppers, a vision of pot's future here?

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 25 Apr 2016


Closure of Lauded Munk School Water Program 'Distressing,' Experts Say

Program covered groundwater monitoring, climate change and more.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 19 Apr 2016


New Maps Show Seven Million Americans at Risk from Industry-Made Quakes

US science agency highlights 'potential ground-shaking hazards.'

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 1 Apr 2016


Fracking Contaminates Groundwater: Stanford Study

Another scientific report finds evidence of industry's impact on public resource.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 30 Mar 2016


Death of a Shale Gas Salesman

Aubrey McClendon was fracking's greatest advocate -- until he drove his car into a concrete wall.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 28 Mar 2016


Steam Injection Fractures Caprock in Big Alberta Spill, Regulator Confirms

Incident highlights fragility of high-cost energy extraction.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 23 Mar 2016


Four More Whoppers about LNG in British Columbia

The real facts behind Christy Clark's rosy claims.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 16 Mar 2016


Three Wacky Accounting Numbers for LNG and Shale Gas

Close read of BC's budget shows realities of this subsidized industry boondoggle.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 29 Feb 2016


Why the Wild Descent of Oil Is Cause for Concern

Low prices once signalled good news for the global economy. Not this time.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 8 Feb 2016


Critics Slam Alberta's New Royalty Review as Policy Disaster

Panel finds current share of value Albertans receive from resources 'generally appropriate.'

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 2 Feb 2016


National Energy Board Slammed for 'Inadequate' Regulation

Agency failing to properly track 'deficiencies in company compliance,' audit finds.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 26 Jan 2016


Renewables Could Outcompete Costly, Risky LNG, Investors Warned

Industry report finds declining costs of wind and solar a viable threat to North American product.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 22 Jan 2016


In Supreme Court, a Battle Over Fracking and Citizens' Rights

Jessica Ernst's long fight to challenge legislation putting energy regulator above the law reaches top court.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 13 Jan 2016


California's Massive Gas Leak: Hazards of Industry Long Known

Expert research, public record details many risks of underground gas storage.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 11 Jan 2016


Charter Rights at Issue in Fracking Supreme Court Case

Jessica Ernst's long battle over rights, well contamination reaches highest court Tuesday.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 8 Jan 2016


They're Killing the Peace River Valley Now

The $9 billion flaying, then drowning of a fertile zone has begun. We still don't know why.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 17 Dec 2015


What Worries the World's Most Famous Climate Scientist?

James Hansen is fretting about the Paris talks, and for good reason.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 2 Dec 2015


Groundwater Not as Renewable as Thought, Study Finds

Findings 'a call to better manage and protect the resource,' says UVic researcher.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 21 Nov 2015


Trade Deals vs. 'Core Community Values'

How a federal 'no' to Nova Scotia mine got whacked by NAFTA's tribunal.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 17 Oct 2015


Trudeau's Co-Chair Once Pushed Oil Plan with Harper Insider Now Facing Charges

How Dan Gagnier and Bruce Carson teamed at industry group EPIC.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 16 Oct 2015


Harper's Revolutionary Foreign Policy

Bellicose words, pandering flip flops, just one aim: Win votes at home.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 15 Oct 2015


Canada's Biggest Political Scandal You Never Heard Of

Big oil, taxpayers' millions, call girls and a 'mechanic' named Bruce Carson.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 5 Oct 2015


Stephen Harper's Covert Evangelicalism

How an apocalyptic strain of Christianity guides his policies and campaigning.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 14 Sep 2015


Harper's Newspeak

He loves naming laws with false slogans. (So do fascists.)

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 31 Aug 2015


Whew, What a Turn Off!

How polarizing tactics can tranquilize voters, and win elections.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 24 Aug 2015


LNG Project Would Affect 'Grand Central Station' for Salmon, Researchers Say

Science letter asks gov, industry to acknowledge 'full impacts' of BC project.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 13 Aug 2015


The Earth's Battery Is Running Low

We've drained our planet's stored energy, scientists say, with no rechargeable plug in sight.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 10 Aug 2015


'Perfect Storm' Engulfing Canada's Economy Perfectly Predictable

Years ago Andrew Nikiforuk, citing experts, warned where Stephen Harper's priorities would lead us.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 3 Aug 2015


Higher-risk 'Shallow Fracking' More Common than Suspected: Study

Lessons for BC, Alberta in new Stanford report.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 27 Jul 2015


BC's Gas Export Hopes Face 'Scandal that Ate Malaysia'

Asian nation's PM, key to $36 billion LNG bid by Petronas, in corruption probe.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 24 Jul 2015


Nine LNG Questions for British Columbians to Ask Their Politicians

Pressing queries in light of high-stakes Petronas agreement just passed.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 22 Jul 2015


Fracking Industry Has Changed Earthquake Patterns in Northeast BC

Impact on groundwater and migrating gases mostly unknown, critics say. A special report.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 21 Jul 2015


Supreme Court Rejects Argument to Dismiss Landmark Fracking Case

Jessica Ernst's charter claim hearing slated for 2016.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 1 Jul 2015


Six Tough Questions about the China Trade Deal

Gus Van Harten, author of 'Sold Down the Yangtze,' breaks down the FIPA's impacts.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 22 Jun 2015


Another 4.4 Magnitude Industry Reported Quake in Alberta

Chevron shuts down operations following seismic event near Fox Creek.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 16 Jun 2015


More Industry Linked Earthquakes Recorded in Alberta

New seismic reporting system 'a good start' but 'not foolproof,' says hazard expert.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 11 Jun 2015


US Federal Report Confirms Water Pollution by Fracking

Based on limited data, EPA study finds no 'widespread' impacts.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 8 Jun 2015


Natural Gas Ministry Responds to Report Critical of LNG Prospects

Analyst David Hughes found BC gas reserves inflated, revenues overstated.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 4 Jun 2015


BC Natural Gas Reserves Inflated, Revenues Overstated, Report Finds

Analyst David Hughes offers another challenge to the province's nascent industry.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 26 May 2015


BC LNG Lost Its Window of Opportunity, Study Finds

Projects unlikely to be economic for another decade: Oxford Institute energy report.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 22 May 2015


Who Is BC's Big LNG Partner? A Petronas Primer

Group led by Malaysia's national oil company aims to build terminal near Prince Rupert.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 21 May 2015


Alberta Health Board Fires Doctor Who Raised Cancer Alarms

'I am stunned,' says Dr. John O'Connor, a veteran presence in First Nations community.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 11 May 2015


For Notley, Eight Steps to Reform the Broken Petrostate

It may be tricky to tread, but Alberta's path forward is clear.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 9 May 2015


Why's Jim So Grim? He Didn't Plan for the Volatile Petrostate

Expecting smooth sailing at Alberta's helm, PC premier forgot about oil prices.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 4 May 2015


Royalty Miscalculation Cost Alberta Billions, Expert Says

'The Tories chose to pretend the big blunder did not happen,' says consultant Jim Roy.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 2 May 2015


Fracking Increases Radon Gas Hazard, US Study Finds

Levels of the carcinogenic gas rising in Pennsylvanian homes near industry sites.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 13 Apr 2015


Fossil Fuels Drive Rapid Glacier Loss across Western Canada, Study Finds

Melting offers a 'big signal' about the climate, expert says.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 8 Apr 2015


Lawyers Accuse Gas Giant of Deficient Records Filing in Fracking Case

Encana disclosure shows 'disdain for an ordinary Albertan,' claims counsel for Jessica Ernst.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 1 Apr 2015


Quakes in Gas Fields Ignored for Years, Dutch Agency Finds

Safety board's report a relevant read for any fracking zone.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 20 Feb 2015


Fracking Quakes Pose Added Risks and Require Study, Expert Warns

Researchers need more seismic data to understand unique hazards.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 2 Feb 2015


Did Alberta Just Break a Fracking Earthquake World Record?

Regulator says drilling likely triggered 4.4 temblor.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 29 Jan 2015


Tanking Asia Gas Prices Makes BC LNG 'Not Viable,' Expert Says

Natural gas already sold at 'bargain basement prices,' says former Alberta royalty advisor.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 15 Jan 2015


Fracking Industry Shakes Up Northern BC with 231 Tremors

Quakes also triggered by wastewater disposal, finds oil and gas commission.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 10 Jan 2015


Falling Oil Prices Could Rock Canada's Politics: Expert

A Tyee interview with Terry Lynn Karl, who wrote the book on petro states.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 18 Dec 2014


Alberta Won't Appeal Decision to Allow Jessica Ernst to Sue

Landowner's landmark lawsuit against the fracking industry continues.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 10 Dec 2014


For Writer Facing Brutal Truth, 'Telling My Story Was a Form of Survival'

Special reading of Alicia Priest's memoir this Thursday in Vancouver.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 9 Dec 2014


Ann Craft's Fracking Nightmare: A Top Lawyer's Startling Counsel

Albertan's son, seeking legal help, records an insider's blunt advice on how petro giants and regulators fend off lawsuits.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 5 Dec 2014


The Nightmare of Ann Craft: Fracked, then Poisoned

Albertan says drilling buckled her property. Then the real misery started.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 4 Dec 2014


Alberta Landowner Appeals Constitutional Issue in Fracking Case

Jessica Ernst aims to challenge regulator immunity in Canada's highest court.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 15 Nov 2014


Judge Rules Landowner May Sue Gov't in Landmark Fracking Case

Decision 'reaffirms the power of the people,' says plaintiff Jessica Ernst.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 11 Nov 2014


Fed Up with 'Captured' Regulator, Exec Quits Kinder Morgan Review

Marc Eliesen speaks on his decision to resign.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 4 Nov 2014


Tax Breaks for BC Frackers Reach over $1 Billion

Auditor general report details provincial incentives to largely foreign-owned gas giants.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 4 Nov 2014


In Memory of Alicia Priest, Journalist and Author

Writer raced to finish memoir as she battled ALS.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 31 Oct 2014


'Difficult' Oil Faces Difficult Future, Predict New Reports

Why the forecast for extreme hydrocarbons may be shorter than advertised.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 31 Oct 2014


Andrew Nikiforuk Breaks Down the Global Oil Price Slump

What's causing it. What it means. Why it's political dynamite.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 24 Oct 2014


The 10 Commandments of Ebola

An alarming new protocol in Liberian slums speak volumes about the evolving epidemic.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 27 Sep 2014


More troubles for BC's big LNG plans

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 26 Sep 2014


China Deal Trumps Province, First Nations on Energy Projects: Treaty Expert

FIPPA carries big labour and regulatory implications for LNG development.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 24 Sep 2014


Last Stop for High Profile Fracking Suit: Supreme Court

In striking Ernst appeal, Alberta court wraps blanket of immunity around regulator.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 16 Sep 2014


Ebola Outbreak: Lessons from the Hot Zone

Globalization, deforestation, explosive growth, bats. This terrible epidemic has many technicians.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 10 Sep 2014


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


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


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


The Risky Rise of the Dams

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

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 7 Aug 2014


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


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


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


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


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


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


Ailing Shale Gas Returns Force a 'Drilling Treadmill'

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

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 27 Jun 2014


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

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 23 Jun 2014


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


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


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


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


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


Keystone XL hit with unprecedented safety conditions

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 27 May 2014


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


'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


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


Pipeline regulator denies motion for Trans Mountain cross-exam

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 7 May 2014


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


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


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


Shale Gas Plagued By Unusual Methane Leaks

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

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 6 May 2014


Fracking Growth Outpacing Scientific Knowledge in Canada: Report

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

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 1 May 2014


Cities Demand Cross-Exam of Trans Mountain Pipeline Hearing

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

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 25 Apr 2014


Keystone proponent found 'non-compliant' again

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 25 Apr 2014


Regulator approves more steaming at leaking oilsands site

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 23 Apr 2014


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


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


Alberta bitumen boom accompanied by rising worker injuries

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 11 Apr 2014


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


Despite Redford's Departure, the Petrostate Marches On

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

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 20 Mar 2014


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


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


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


TransCanada Whistleblower's Safety Complaints Validated by Regulator

Audit confirms company failed to meet federal standards.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 26 Feb 2014


Large dams of mining waste leaking into Athabasca River: study

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 21 Feb 2014


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


Report lists top scientists who lost jobs due to federal cuts

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 12 Feb 2014


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


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


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


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

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 6 Feb 2014


Birth Defects Linked to Natural Gas Mining

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

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 4 Feb 2014


Study finds industry underreporting of oilsands pollutants

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 3 Feb 2014


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Safety alert issued over dangers of fracked oil

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 6 Jan 2014


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


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


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


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


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


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


Dallas effectively bans fracking within city limits

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 12 Dec 2013


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


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


LNG boom leads to higher gas prices in US, Australia

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 4 Dec 2013


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


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


Dents and bad welds dog southern leg of Keystone XL

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 14 Nov 2013


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

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 12 Nov 2013


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

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 31 Oct 2013


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


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


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


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


Next Oil Sands Threat: Cracking Caprock

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

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 7 Oct 2013


Judge rebukes Alberta for banning enviros from oil sands hearing

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 2 Oct 2013


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


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

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 23 Sep 2013


Regulator belatedly investigates Peace River oil sands pollution

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 20 Sep 2013


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


Study finds homeowners near fracked wells likely to experience contaminated water

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 26 Jun 2013


Authorities 'Caught Flatfooted' on Alberta Flood Disaster: Expert

Hydrologist finds prediction efforts crippled by poor monitoring systems.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 26 Jun 2013


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


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


Apache spill is one of Alberta's largest pipeline ruptures

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 12 Jun 2013


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


Another pipeline rupture in spill-prone Alberta

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 9 Jun 2013


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

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 7 Jun 2013


Bitumen Doesn't Float

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

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 23 May 2013


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


Solar Dreams, Spanish Realities

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

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 1 May 2013


Canadian pipeline whistleblower testifies in Keystone hearing

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 24 Apr 2013


More troubles on another Enbridge pipeline

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 19 Apr 2013


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


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

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 5 Apr 2013


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


Lobbyist appointed as Alberta's new top energy regulator

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 2 Apr 2013


'Pipeline Company Bullies'

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

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 30 Mar 2013


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


'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


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


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


Pipeline whistleblower receives national award

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 18 Mar 2013


US regulator fines Kinder Morgan for breaking 27 safety rules

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 15 Mar 2013


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


Bitumen's Extraordinary and Popular Delusions

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

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 9 Mar 2013


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


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


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


Fracked Gas Won't Solve Energy Crunch: Report

Conserving key to energy independence concludes geologist David Hughes.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 23 Feb 2013


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 16 Nov 2012


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


Five Reasons to Pause on Canada-China Treaty

US think tank lists inconvenient facts the Harper government ignores.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 25 Oct 2012


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


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

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 18 Oct 2012


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


Enbridge ordered back to Kalamazoo River for more clean-up

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 7 Oct 2012


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

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 4 Oct 2012


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


'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


US gov't issues health alert for fracking sands

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 4 Jul 2012


Enbridge faces $3.7 million in fines for 2010 Kalamazoo spill

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 3 Jul 2012


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


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

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 26 Jun 2012


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


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


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

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 31 May 2012


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


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


Landmark fracking lawsuit starts with twist in Alberta

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 27 Apr 2012


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


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


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


The Death of the Reverend

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

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 11 Apr 2012


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


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


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


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

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 14 Mar 2012


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


Iran, Canada and the Petro State

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

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 5 Mar 2012


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


Alberta Plays Catch-up on Frack Front

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

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 23 Feb 2012


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


Harper in China

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

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 9 Feb 2012


Oil Sands Produces Its Own Heat Island Effect

Dramatic changes to landscape raise temps, UA study finds.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 8 Feb 2012


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


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


Alberta launches legal action against logging protesters

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 31 Jan 2012


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

Drilling accident fuels rebellion demanding halt to hydraulic fracturing.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 25 Jan 2012


What the Keystone Rejection Really Reveals

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

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 19 Jan 2012


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


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

ENERGY & EQUITY: Nikiforuk joins the fray.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 11 Jan 2012


Fracking Contamination 'Will Get Worse': Alberta Expert

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

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 19 Dec 2011


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


Revenge of the Gadgets

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

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 8 Dec 2011


Fighting Crime in the Oil Sands

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

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 28 Nov 2011


Fracking and Quaking: They're Linked

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

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 18 Nov 2011


Shale gas subsidies threaten BC water supply: CCPA report

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 10 Nov 2011


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


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


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


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


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


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


Five Falsehoods About 'Ethical Oil'

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

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 29 Sep 2011


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


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


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


Thoughts on Norway, Oil and the Berserker

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

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 27 Jul 2011


What Saves Energy? Shame

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

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 14 Jul 2011


TransCanada lowballs risks of Keystone pipeline leaks

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 11 Jul 2011


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


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


'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


National Energy Board: Captured Regulator?

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

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 17 Jun 2011


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

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 10 Jun 2011


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


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


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


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


More and More, the Boreal Will Burn

Wildfire, beetles, climate change and their combustible connections.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 20 May 2011


Debunking the 'Shale Gale'

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

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 16 May 2011


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Prentice disgusted by mutant fish, appoints oil sands review panel

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 1 Oct 2010


James Cameron Glides into the Tar Sands

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

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 30 Sep 2010


The Fallacy of 'Ethical Oil'

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

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 22 Sep 2010


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


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


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


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


'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


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


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


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


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


The Bombings, the Olympics and the Police

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

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 13 Jan 2010