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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

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

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

Posted July 9, 2014 by Danielle Droitsch

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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