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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

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

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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

Final environmental review for Keystone XL tar sands pipeline acknowledges significant climate impact and sets stage for rejection

Posted January 31, 2014 by Danielle Droitsch in Moving Beyond Oil

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The State Department has released its final environmental review acknowledging for the first time Keystone XL could accelerate climate change, adding the equivalent of 5.7 million new cars to the road.  There is already compelling evidence that approval of Keystone...continued

New poll on Keystone XL tar sands pipeline indicating growing opposition to the pipeline and waning support

Posted January 29, 2014 by Danielle Droitsch in Moving Beyond Oil

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A new poll released by USA Today, Stanford University, and Resources for the Future indicates that support for the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline may be waning while opposition is growing.   The poll shows what we have seen happen...continued

New documents reveal Canada isn't serious about addressing its tar sands emissions problem

Posted November 8, 2013 by Danielle Droitsch in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil

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Freedom of information documents reported by the CBC makes public that Canadian climate policies under consideration will still lead to significant increases in tar sands carbon pollution.  This comes days after the Canadian government released its annual report on greenhouse...continued

Prominent Canadians visit Washington DC to share the truth about Canada's record

Posted October 11, 2013 by Danielle Droitsch in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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co-written with Josh Axelrod, NRDC international legal intern As the Ottawa Citizen reports the Harper federal government launched a $20 million taxpayer-funded advertising campaign, a prominent delegation of Canadians has traveled to Washington, DC.  The delegation is urging U.S. law...continued

U.S. CEOs to Obama: Reject "dealmaking" on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline

Posted September 24, 2013 by Danielle Droitsch

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The leaders of 25 major environmental organizations including NRDC’s President Frances Beinecke sent a clear message to President Obama to reject any “deal-making” on the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Initial concerns about a possible arrangement between Canada and...continued

Climate Beware: Alberta's new wetland policy gives a pass to the tar sands industry, ignores climate change

Posted September 13, 2013 by Danielle Droitsch in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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This blog was co-authored with Joshua Axelrod. For the past eight years, the people of Alberta have been waiting for a wetlands policy that would protect its valuable wetlands from massive degradation by the tar sands industry.  Over these eight...continued

Canada's actions on climate sharply diverge from government promises

Posted September 9, 2013 by Danielle Droitsch in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Many of us have experienced the frustration of someone making a promise that is later broken.  But when the world’s tenth-largest carbon polluter makes and breaks promises to deliver on major national policies and international climate agreements, it is a different...continued

The environmental review process for the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline must be free from conflict

Posted August 23, 2013 by Danielle Droitsch in Moving Beyond Oil

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The State Department’s Inspector General has now confirmed that its inquiry into the independence of the environmental review process for the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline will not be complete until January 2014.  ERM, the State Department contractor who...continued

Canada's Lackluster Climate Record and Massive Expansion of Tar Sands Makes Keystone XL Mitigation Impossible

Posted August 14, 2013 by Danielle Droitsch in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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President Obama recently drew national attention to Canada’s poor record on climate: But I meant what I said; I'm going to evaluate this [the Keystone XL pipeline] based on whether or not this is going to significantly contribute to carbon...continued

Weak Canadian climate policies one more reason to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline

Posted July 30, 2013 by Danielle Droitsch in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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President Obama in recent comments about the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline got it right when he said that Canada has not yet addressed the harmful carbon pollution from its rapidly growing tar sands industry.  Not only has Canada...continued

Tar sands well blowout raises questions about Alberta's regulatory oversight

Posted July 24, 2013 by Danielle Droitsch in Moving Beyond Oil

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As a tar sands well blowout continues to gush oil for at least 10 weeks (and potentially as much as 4 months) contaminating a large area of Canada’s Boreal Forest killing dozens of animals, a new report reveals that Alberta’s regulatory system...continued

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