Blog Post: In order to take full advantage of Canada’s tar sands-driven energy boom, American refineries need to make costly retrofits to century-old facilities designed for the light crude that once flowed plentifully from domestic oil wells. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) introduced a tar sands refinery equipment tax break to the Energy Policy Act of 2005, a bill that cost the government $1.2 billion and increased emissions by more than two million metric tons of carbon.
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Press Clipping: This is a fantastic and important article (Radio-Canada, French), where the media finally starts to talk about the other important economic impacts of Energy East, like tourism along the Saint Lawrence River. The article looks at tourism, along with the natural gas supply issue, as examples of economic impacts on the other side of the ledger than those TransCanada usually talks about.
Blog Post: The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) leadership and Elderswere in Vancouver this morning, October 15th, 2014, to defend their appeal of the Federal approval of Shell’s Jackpine Mine Expansion tar sands project. The ACFN along with local groups have organized a solidarity rally and press conference outside of the courthouse before the hearings begin.
Press Clipping: Oil producers are getting another brutal reminder that theirs is a business characterized by long, deep price cycles. Benchmark Brent futures have dropped below $90 a barrel, the lowest level since December 2010, but that actually understates the extent of the damage. And such low oil prices make it difficult for tar sands producers to invest the big billions required to keep producing this costly (and dirty) crude.
Press Clipping: TransCanada Corp. faces a rough ride in Central Canada over its proposed $11-billion Energy East pipeline as industrial users and natural-gas distribution companies warn they’ll be short-changed by the company’s plan to switch the pipeline from gas to oil. Both Quebec and Ontario governments plan to intervene in the National Energy Board review, and both provincial governments are being urged to defend their natural gas customers who say their interests are being sacrificed to western oil producers.
Visual: Energy East 101, a four-minute handimation gives a comprehensive background on the controversial Energy East pipeline proposed by TransCanada. The video is narrated in English by Maude Barlow, author and national chairperson of the Council of Canadians, and in French by Quebec-based activist Steven Guilbeault from Equiterre.
Blog Post: Back in 2010, a chorus of government officials and industry voices assured the world that the Keystone XL pipeline was on the verge of being built. Then Secretary of State Hilary Clinton called the project a "done deal." Now, nearly five years later, stacks of pipeline along the route are gathering dust and costing TransCanada millions of dollars. Energy East is far from a done deal. In fact, the project has yet to be formally applied for and is already facing rising opposition.