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Energy East

Protesters target Justin Trudeau in Chester

Gordon Delaney | Halifax Herald - August 25th 2014

Press Clipping: A group of environmentalists worried about climate change delivered their message Sunday to federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau during a Chester fundraising stop. A dozen community activists held a brief and peaceful protest outside a $500-a-plate Liberal fundraising event at the seaside home of real estate developer Jon Dimock.

Air & Water Issues

Huge ponds hold tar sands sludge, and great risks

Danielle Droitsch | NRDC - August 27th 2014

Blog Post: On August 4, 2014, the catastrophic failure of a mining company's dam in British Columbia, Canada, released over 2.5 billion gallons of contaminated water from a containment pond into the upper Fraser River watershed. Only a few hundred miles east in Alberta, at least half a dozen dams containing wastewater from the tar sands industry hold more than 100 times the volume of the BC release and cover more than 43,000 acres of Canada's boreal forest. And yet, Canadian authorities offer virtually no public information about the safety of these tailings dams, which already leak millions of gallons of wastewater every day.

Human Rights

Leonardo DiCaprio challenges Stephen Harper to ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Huffington Post Canada - August 27th 2014

Press Clipping: You can now add a Hollywood heavyweight to the list of people calling for Prime Minister Stephen Harper to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Actor Leonardo DiCaprio called on Canada's leader to take the plunge after he had a bucket of ice water dumped over his head, alongside the leaders of several Alberta First Nations. DiCaprio, currently on tour in Alberta's oilsands, answered David Beckham's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge while visiting Fort Chipewyan last Friday.

Keystone XL

State Department approves illegal scheme for doubling tar sands flowing through the Great Lakes

Jim Murphy | NWF - August 25th 2014

Blog Post: On August 18, 2014, the State Department posted documents that show Enbridge has hatched a scheme to almost double the flow of tar sands into the Great Lakes region along its Alberta Clipper pipeline ( also known as Line 67), in contradiction to its existing permit. In a privately sent letter from a mid-level State Department official, the State Department acquiesced to Enbridge’s new plan.

Where Oil Meets Water: Energy East is an unacceptable risk to waterways


Council of Canadians - August 22nd 2014

Publication: Drinking water, beluga habitat, and fishing and swimming holes are all at risk if TransCanada’s proposed Energy East pipeline is approved, says a new report. "Energy East: Where Oil Meets Water" estimates the Energy East pipeline could spill more than one million litres of crude oil, including diluted bitumen from the tar sands, in just 10 minutes. By comparison, the 2013 spill in the Kalamazoo River in Michigan – the largest inland spill in the U.S. – spilled 3.8 million litres of diluted bitumen over the course of 17 hours.

Petrostate Politics, Keystone XL

State department enables illegal Enbridge scheme to expand tar sands


Sierra Club - August 22nd 2014

Press Clipping: The State Department just released documents revealing a scheme by Canadian tar sands giant Enbridge to bypass the Presidential Permit process for expansion of its Alberta Clipper tar sands pipeline. “With no public notice, the State Department has shockingly backtracked on its commitment to require environmental review and approval before more dirty tar sands oil enters the United States through Minnesota,” said Marc Fink, a Minnesota-based attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity.