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Danielle Droitsch, Director, Canada Project, Washington, D.C.

Danielle Droitsch
For the past 20 years, I have worked in the United States and Canada on a wide range of issues. I started as a reporter working on a story about a polluting pulp and paper mill in North Carolina and eventually joined the fight to clean up the plant. Since then, I have championed the protection of clean water, the restoration of rivers, and campaigned for clean air. Today at NRDC, I work on tar sands and work to promote a clean energy future. This issue is somewhat of a personal undertaking because I lived in Alberta where I have seen the impact of tar sands first hand.

Recent Posts

Keystone XL tar sands pipeline still doesn't make sense -- forcing approval puts the cart before the horse

Posted November 14, 2014 by Danielle Droitsch in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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As Congress takes up legislation that would force approval of the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, there are countless reasons why this is a bad idea starting with the fact that there is still no established route for the...continued

The European Fuel Quality Directive: Despite a weakened stance on tar sands, new measures take an important step forward on climate policy

Posted October 10, 2014 by Danielle Droitsch in Moving Beyond Oil

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This blog was co-drafted with Josh Axelrod, NRDC policy and legal consultant It is good news that the European Commission has finally published measures that will implement the European Union’s 2009 Fuel Quality Directive (FQD) – a policy that requires European Union member...continued

Huge Ponds Hold Tar Sands Sludge, And Great Risks

Posted August 25, 2014 by Danielle Droitsch in Moving Beyond Oil

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On August 4, 2014, the catastrophic failure of a mining company's dam in British Columbia, Canada, released over 2.5 billion gallons of contaminated water from a containment pond into the upper Faser River watershed. Only a few hundred miles east...continued

Declining air quality in the tar sands region: Is the government responding?

Posted August 14, 2014 by Danielle Droitsch in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil

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A new report released by the Alberta government reveals a concerning trend with declining air quality as a result of tar sands operations.  While the report itself was just released, the air pollution information in the report is dated back in...continued

Guest blog: Report on 9-month-long tar sands well blow out reveals systemic problems

Posted July 9, 2014 by Danielle Droitsch in Moving Beyond Oil

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This blog was drafted by Joshua Axelrod, NRDC legal consultant A recent report prepared for tar sands giant Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (CNRL) raises new questions about the safety of the industry’s drilling (or in situ) operations.  The new revelations cast...continued

Tar sands operations tainting local foods according to study

Posted July 7, 2014 by Danielle Droitsch in Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil

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A new study released by two Alberta First Nations communities in partnership with the University of Manitoba reports that certain carcinogens released in tar sands operations are being found in high levels in local wildlife.  The study also reports a...continued

Nature article: Tar sands pipelines have global impacts and now is the time to improve how we review them

Posted June 25, 2014 by Danielle Droitsch in Moving Beyond Oil

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Eight leading scientists and economists in Canada and the United States have just published an opinion article in Nature magazine that says tar sands pipelines have global impacts but the process to consider them is broken. They provide one more...continued

Canada confirms its ever-weakening climate policy as the U.S. announces ambitious plan to cut carbon pollution

Posted June 5, 2014 by Danielle Droitsch in Moving Beyond Oil

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As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it would seek to reduce carbon pollution from power plants – a move that would put the U.S. on a trajectory to meeting its international climate obligations – Canada continued to move...continued

Coincidence? Massive tar sands mine put on hold as stalled tar sands pipelines like Keystone XL choke industry

Posted May 30, 2014 by Danielle Droitsch in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Yesterday, a major tar sands company Total E&P – who is also a confirmed shipper for the proposed and now delayed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline – announced it would put on hold indefinitely its plans for the massive tar...continued

Canada Refuses To Answer NAFTA Oversight Group Why It Fails to Enforce Against Tar Sands Pollution

Posted May 21, 2014 by Danielle Droitsch in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil

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The Government of Canada is refusing to respond to an investigation into its alleged failure to enforce its federal laws addressing tar sands water pollution leaking into surface and groundwater.  The Commission on Environmental Cooperation (CEC), an international oversight body...continued

A Prudent Action on the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline: Waiting for a legal pipeline route through Nebraska

Posted April 18, 2014 by Danielle Droitsch in Moving Beyond Oil

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The U.S. State Department has decided to extend the comment period  for the federal agencies who are weighing in on the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.  In their announcement, the State Department cited the fact there is no legal...continued

Mounting evidence of health concerns near tar sands development

Posted April 1, 2014 by Danielle Droitsch in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil

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Two studies released in the past week have drawn attention the linkage between tar sands development and significant health concerns.  The two reports both released by the Alberta government separately show that the incidence of cancer downstream of tar sands...continued

EPA Unlikely to Buy Argument that Keystone XL Will Not Worsen Climate Change: Agency Concerns Were Ignored

Posted March 10, 2014 by Danielle Droitsch in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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The lead U.S. environmental agency has for several years raised serious concerns about the climate, environmental, safety, and health impacts of the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.  Three different times, the U.S. EPA  has issued failing grades saying the...continued

Approval of Line 9B puts Canadian communities at risk while bringing tar sands oil to New England's doorstep

Posted March 6, 2014 by Danielle Droitsch in Moving Beyond Oil

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This blog was co-authored with Shelley Kath and additional help from Josh Axelrod. Today, Canada’s energy and pipeline regulator, the National Energy Board (NEB), approved a local, pipeline project that would transport tar sands eastward, from Ontario to terminals just...continued

Mounting evidence that tar sands activity is causing health problems

Posted February 26, 2014 by Danielle Droitsch in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil

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U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer from California has connected the dots and is pointing to growing evidence that communities living near tar sands mining and drilling operations, pipelines, and refineries are showing serious health risks and problems.  An issue brief published...continued

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