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Robert Powell
Robert Powell
Senior Officer, Priority Conservation Programs
Rob came to the WWF late in 2006, after many years reviewing the environmental effects of major resource development projects. As director of science and technology with the Natural Resources Conservation Board in Alberta, and through secondments to the Energy and Utilities Board, he provided scientific support for decision makers. Rob was a decision maker himself, serving on a number of panels. His prior engagements include a stint as an environmental consultant and a variety of technical and research postings.
Rob spent as much time as possible avoiding real work in favour of academic pursuits. But he was finally shown the door with degrees in hand: a Bachelor of Science in Zoology, a Master of Science in Biology and a Doctorate in Ecology.

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Oil Spill Findings Don’t Stand Up to Scrutiny
With the approach of the federal government’s decision on the Northern Gateway pipeline and tanker project, WWF looks at flaws in the environmental review. In our last blog we talked about the JRP’s failure to hear evidence about greenhouse gas emissions from the project. Today we consider the risk of an oil spill at sea.

Northern Gateway: Emissions and Omissions
Last December, the Joint Review Panel told the federal government the Northern Gateway Project is in the Public Interest. In June, the government will make its decision based, in part, on this recommendation. In a blog series this week, WWF examines the flaws in this process.

Making Oil Tankers Safer is Common Sense. Putting them in the Great Bear Sea is not.
This week the federal ministers of Transport and Natural Resources were in Vancouver to release the Tanker Expert Safety Panel report about what Canada needs to do to prepare to respond to marine oil spills.

BC’s Trouble with Targets
Until last week, the government of British Columbia inscrutably insisted it could meet its carbon emission reduction targets AND fast track the development of a new Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) export industry. But the numbers were not on its side.

What would an oil spill clean-up look like in the Great Bear?
“World-class” performance for “success” of an oil spill clean-up operation is recovering about 15% of the oil.