Harper’s Shell Game

Publication - July 23, 2012
Why Tar Sands Pipelines Are Not in Canada’s National Interest.

The proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline from Alberta’s tar sands to the British Columbia coast has become a major political flashpoint. ‘Harper’s Shell Game’ uses documents obtained under the Access to Information to argue that Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline and Shell’s new tar sands mines are bad for our environment, economy and democracy. The report details how Prime Minister Harper’s ambition to transform Canada into an ‘energy superpower’ by rapidly expanding tar sands exports may be in the interest of oil companies like Shell, but ultimately comes at the expense of the environment, economy and health of Canadians and thus is not in the national interest.

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Confidential government documents obtained by Greenpeace under Access to Information legislation used in this report: