Blog Post: Nine months ago the first of four unstoppable spills was discovered at CNRL’s Primrose site near Cold Lake, Alberta. A few weeks ago, even though the spills are still spilling, CNRL had the audacity to apply to restart their operations and begin steaming again. In less than three days almost 1,500 people signed a petition to the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) to deny the application, and the AER did just that. Now CNRL has withdrawn the application. Now that’s a victory.
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Press Clipping: More than one hundred Keystone XL protesters marched to the William J. Green Federal Building in Philadelphia, where waves of protesters proceeded to block entrances to the federal building for four hours. 29 participants were arrested, disrupting business as usual and making sure the Obama Administration could not ignore their message: the President would betray both his promise and his commitment to battling climate change if he caves to Big Oil and approves the pipeline.
Press Clipping: Wealthy Democratic environmentalists are considering withholding support for a 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential bid unless she reassures them about their top priority: Killing the Keystone XL pipeline. “She’s kind of a closed book on the environment,” said Guy Saperstein, an Oakland-based venture capitalist and former president of the San Francisco-based Sierra Club Foundation. “I, for one, would not support her until she gives us more information.”
Press Clipping: While most Americans support the construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline expansion, many more believe it would create “a significant number of jobs.” The problem is that this perception outstrips reality. It’s "a similar amount of construction work to what’s necessary to build a medium-size mall, and after it’s built, far fewer permanent positions,” says NRDC’s Anthony Swift. “Keystone XL has been pushed as this national jobs creator. It’s not.”
Press Clipping: When the State Department released its final Environmental Impact Statement, nearly all the headlines read the same: "Report Opens Way to Approval for Keystone Pipeline" and "State Dept. Keystone XL Would Have Little Impact On Climate Change." Yet after Reuters broke the news last week that the State Department was wrong in its predictions of greatly expanded rail capacity, undermining its claim of no climate impact, no major media outlet amplified the report.
Press Clipping: For the first time ever, a court injunction has barred the Department of Fisheries and Oceans from opening a commercial fishery off Vancouver Island after a judge concluded DFO was “fudging the numbers” and that the federal minister declared it open against her own bureaucrats’ advice. This is a good sign that the courts are willing to hold governments accountable for decisions effecting the environment, just as First Nations take industry and government to court over tar sands development.
Visual: Great new visual memes for Line 9 campaign.