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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

Is Canada on track to meet its climate promise? A preview of the country's upcoming international progress review

Posted June 2, 2015 by Danielle Droitsch

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Substantial support came from Michael Yamoah and Han Chen for the information below. Is Canada on track to meet its current climate target? That is the question that will be explicitly debated in the coming days as the Canadian government...continued

Canada Announces Weak Climate Target

Posted May 15, 2015 by Danielle Droitsch

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This blog was co-drafted with Han Chen and Jake Schmidt. Today, Canada has announced its contribution to the global effort to reduce greenhouse gases by announcing its post-2020 target. The target announced today is off-track to the 80 percent cut...continued

Alberta's new government could mean a new focus on climate and clean energy

Posted May 7, 2015 by Danielle Droitsch

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Sweeping changes to Alberta's political leadership, the result of a historic provincial election, could bring about a sea change to the province's laggard approach to clean energy, climate policy, and tar sands development. Canada's left-leaning New Democratic Party (NDP) gained...continued

The tar sands invasion that can be stopped

Posted April 28, 2015 by Danielle Droitsch

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Many across the United States are aware of the tar sands threat posed by the proposed Keystone XL pipeline but what many may not know is the U.S. faces a looming threat that is bigger than just this one pipeline....continued

New Tar Sands Water Policy from Government of Alberta Favors Industry

Posted March 13, 2015 by Danielle Droitsch

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As the U.S. government winds up its review deciding whether to issue a permit for the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, it should pay attention to new policies just released in Alberta addressing the tar sands industry's hungry thirst...continued

Talk of a deal on Keystone XL is foolhardy and presumptuous

Posted March 3, 2015 by Danielle Droitsch

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This blog was co-drafted with Liz Barratt-Brown, NRDC Senior Advisor It seems that when the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is dealt a blow, the talk of a deal in exchange for its going forward picks up a notch....continued

New polls show major shift in public attitudes against Keystone XL tar sands pipeline

Posted January 20, 2015 by Danielle Droitsch

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This blog was co-authored with Josh Axelrod, Law and Policy Consultant for the Canada Project A few weeks ago, House Speaker John Boehner tried to paint the President as completely out of touch with the American people. Speaker Boehner, responding...continued

Sweeping statements by Speaker Boehner about Keystone XL can't withstand scrutiny

Posted January 8, 2015 by Danielle Droitsch

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Responding to President Obama's declared intention to veto a bill that would force approval of the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, House Speaker John Boehner in a press release made numerous claims that can't stand up to scrutiny. Annotating...continued

The truth behind the job numbers: Keystone XL will hurt more than help job creation

Posted January 6, 2015 by Danielle Droitsch

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The new Republican majorities in Congress are once again trying to force approval of the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline but they aren't changing their incorrect talking points about how many jobs the risky project would create. Pipeline backers...continued

Reality Bites: Chevron indefinitely shelves its deep water offshore Arctic oil project

Posted December 22, 2014 by Danielle Droitsch

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Written by Josh Axelrod, Law and Policy Consultant for the Canada Project Chevron recently announced that it would indefinitely put on hold plans to pursue regulatory approval of deep water drilling for oil in Canada’s Beaufort Sea. The move is...continued

Ready for Prime Time? Arctic Resource Developers Slow Their Push as Regulators Begin to Ask Tough Questions

Posted November 21, 2014 by Danielle Droitsch

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Written by Josh Axelrod, Law and Policy Consultant for the Canada Project One hundred and seventy-five kilometers north of the Hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories, an ExxonMobil subsidiary—Canada’s Imperial Oil—is spearheading the oil industry’s latest effort to explore deep water...continued

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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