Calgary Herald by Dan Healing.  CALGARY – The first carbon capture and storage facility attached to an Alberta oilsands operation has be  Sanctioning of the $1.35-billion project announced Wednesday also saves Alberta and federal governments the embarrassment they suffered after TransAlta Corp. and its parters decided in April to abandon the $1.4-billion Pioneer CCS project on economic grounds despite nearly $800 million in taxpayer support.  “We want to show and demonstrate environmental leadership in the oilsands,” John Abbott, Shell executive vice-president of heavy oil, told reporters after the announcement at the Telus Spark science centre in Calgary.

Alaska Dispatch by Laurel Andrews.  An agreement between Russia and the United States, expected to be reached by the end of the week, would create a common protected area in the Beringia region, where Native people share familial ties, hunting quotas and a common language. Federal officials at high levels of government hope these common roots can strengthen the overall relationship between the two countries.  Beringia is the area where the land bridge connecting what is now Siberia and Alaska existed 10,000 to 25,000 years ago.  (Note: we will have more to say about this later.  -dh)