You wouldn’t know it from the lack of focus and attention by the environmental establishment, but the 485-mile southern leg of TransCanada’s Keystone XL tar sands pipeline has been built, is being filled and is scheduled to start up on Jan. 22. Front line reports from landowners in Texas and Oklahoma say that TransCanada has patrol planes flying up and down the line, with foot patrols searching for leaks. In a few short days, this 485-mile fuse to one of the biggest carbon bombs on the planet will be lit.
|By: Tom Weis Sunday January 19, 2014 5:00 pm|
|By: Lisa Derrick Wednesday January 15, 2014 5:32 pm|
Neil Young’s week-long “Honor the Treaties” tour of Canada will benefit and support First Nations’ legal battle against a tar sands project. Proceeds from the shows in Winnipeg, Regina and Calgary will be donated to the legal defense fund of the northern Alberta-based Athabasca tribal government challenging new tar sands projects.
|By: joe shikspack Tuesday December 17, 2013 6:52 pm|
Do you live near a railroad line? How about a pipeline? You might want to check into your proximity to those things.
Because America is the new Saudi Arabia, soon to be the world’s number one oil producer, the infrastructure that used to carry our energy products around is straining to meet the demand created by the new production.
|By: Steve Horn Tuesday December 10, 2013 5:47 pm|
Keystone XL’s southern half is one step closer to opening for business. TransCanada announced that “on Saturday, December 7, 2013, the company began to inject oil into the Gulf Coast Project pipeline as it moves closer to the start of commercial service.” The Sierra Club’s legal challenge to stop the pipeline was recently denied by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, so the southern half, battled over for years between the industry and environmentalists, will soon become a reality.
|By: Steve Horn Monday December 2, 2013 3:02 pm|
The Great Lakes, drinking water source for over 40 million North Americans, could be the next target on tar sands marketers’ bullseye according to a major new report out by the Chicago-based Alliance for the Great Lakes.
The 24-page report, “Oil and Water: Tar Sands Crude Shipping Meets the Great Lakes?“ unpacks a new looming threat to the Great Lakes in the form of barges transporting tar sands along the Great Lakes to targeted midwestern refinery markets. As the report suggests, it’s a threat made worse by an accompanying “Wild West”-like regulatory framework.
|By: Steve Horn Monday October 14, 2013 7:57 am|
In a 2-1 decision, the Court sided with Transcanada, and by extension, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Court ruled, “the threatened environmental injuries were outweighed by the financial harm that the injunction would cause Transcanada.”
|By: Steve Horn Friday October 11, 2013 9:35 am|
Over 20,600 barrels of oil fracked from the Bakken Shale has spilled from a Tesoro Logistics pipeline in Tioga, North Dakota in one of the biggest onshore oil spills in recent U.S. history.
Though the spill occurred on September 29, the U.S. National Response Center – tasked with responding to chemical and oil spills – did not make the report available until October 8 due to the ongoing government shutdown.
|By: Steve Horn Wednesday October 9, 2013 3:55 pm|
Ezra Levant is the man behind an attempt to re-frame the Alberta tar sands as “ethical oil.” “Ethical” – Levant’s deceptive public relations campaign argues of the tar sands “carbon bomb” – because it doesn’t come from the war-ridden and human rights-abusing Middle East.
Now, the “ethical oil” campaign has a new backer: Anita Dunn, former White House Communications Director for President Barack Obama.
|By: Tom Weis Wednesday September 18, 2013 6:00 pm|
Yes, we must also block the permit for Keystone’s northern leg, which would allow even more toxic tar sands to flow across America, but no one is going to buy that as a victory if TransCanada succeeds in getting their southern leg linchpin in place. If the climate movement fails to draw a line in the sand against Keystone XL in Texas and Oklahoma — and this tar sands nightmare is allowed to go online — we will all have flunked the climate test.
|By: firedancer Friday August 30, 2013 5:10 pm|
The Occupy Wall Street (inter) National Gathering 2013, was held in Kalamazoo, Michigan, from August 21-25, 2013. NatGat2 began in the usual Occupy fashion, with the main venue and camping site lost. A moderate police presence was visible, as well.
Organizers scrambled, negotiated, and persevered.