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 Now CNRL has withdrawn the application.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: 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.
Press Clipping: The U.S. State Department's analysis of the Keystone XL pipeline project was based on flawed assumptions that clash with the nation's commitment to mobilizing global action against climate change. The Natural Resources Defense Council said in wide-ranging comments that the EIS "makes a fundamental error by relying on energy consumption scenarios which assume a global failure to address climate change."
Press Clipping: Lawyers working for Kinder Morgan Inc. have sent a letter to the National Energy Board, and thousands of people who have applied to be part of the review process, proposing the narrowest interpretation of who can participate in a review of the company’s proposed twinning of the Trans Mountain pipeline. It’s a move opponents of the pipeline liken to bullying. “That wasn’t exactly a very warm welcome,” said Michael Byers, Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law at the University of British Columbia.
Blog Post: Canada’s National Energy Board (NEB) today announced its approval of pipeline giant Enbridge’s plan to reverse its Canadian Line 9 pipeline to bring tar sands east to Montreal. In doing so, the Canadian government has opened the way for toxic tar sands to come to Vermont. This comes only two days after 13 towns on and near the pipeline’s route in Vermont, as well as from other corners of the state, passed resolutions at Town Meeting stating opposition to tar sands transport here.