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Energy East

People and places at risk by TransCanada’s Energy East Pipeline proposal

Editors | Tar Sands Solutions Network - October 21st 2014

Blog Post: Exposing Energy East: People and Places at Risk by TransCanada’s Energy East Pipeline Proposal, a photography exhibit featuring the work of internationally acclaimed artists Garth Lenz and Robert van Waarden, will appear in Toronto between October 31 and November 5, 2014. This exhibit brings together photographs of people and places threatened by the Energy East pipeline, the largest proposed tar sands pipeline in the world.

Petrostate Politics

Revenue Canada targets birdwatchers for political activity

Dean Beeby | CBC News - October 21st 2014

Press Clipping: A small group of nature lovers in southern Ontario enjoy spending weekends watching birds and other wildlife, but lately they're the ones under watch — by the Canada Revenue Agency. "Effectively, they've put a gag on us,” said Roger Suffling, longtime member of the Kitchener-Waterloo Field Naturalists, who noted that the letter arrived just after the club wrote to federal cabinet ministers to complain about government-approved chemicals that damage bee colonies.

Spills and Leaks, Petrostate Politics

NAFTA’s regulatory body should investigate Canada’s inaction on tar sands tailings

Jennifer Skene | NRDC - October 21st 2014

Blog Post: The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC), an environmental review body established under NAFTA, soon will decide whether to investigate the Canadian government’s continuing failure to regulate its tar sands industry. By informing Canadian citizens of their government’s inaction on tailings regulations, a CEC investigation would help hold the Canadian government accountable for its failure to protect its fisheries and citizens from toxic tailings.

Energy East

Keystone pipeline alternative faces $1-billion gas feud that could kill Energy East project

Rebecca Penty and Andrew Mayeda | Bloomberg News - October 21st 2014

Press Clipping: TransCanada Corp. will have to spend $1 billion more than planned on an oil pipeline to Canada’s Atlantic Coast if natural gas customers get their way, a move it says would threaten the viability of the project. The spat centers on TransCanada’s plan to convert a 3,000- kilometer (1,865-mile) stretch of its mainline gas conduit to carry oil. Gas distributors claim that converting the mainline in eastern Ontario would lead to fuel shortages and higher prices.

Oil by rail

The tar sands train that couldn’t

Lorne Stockman and Anthony Swift | Oil Change International and NRDC - October 21st 2014

Blog Post: Any claim that Keystone XL passes the President’s climate test rests on the argument that carbon intensive tar sands crude will be developed at the same rate with or without the massive pipeline, because the dirty oil can just as easily be moved by train. But one look at the underperformance of the first unit-train-loading terminal with access to tar sands crude, a tale of budget overruns, missed targets and operational failures, shows just how spurious that argument is.

Oil by rail

Train in Alabama oil spill was carrying 2.7 million gallons of crude

Soumya Karlamangla | LA Times - October 20th 2014

Press Clipping: A train that derailed and exploded in rural Alabama was hauling 2.7 million gallons of crude oil, according to officials. The 90-car train was crossing a timber trestle above a wetland near Aliceville late Thursday night when approximately 25 rail cars and two locomotives derailed, spilling crude oil into the surrounding wetlands and igniting a fire that was still burning Saturday.