Press Clipping: The owner of a pipeline that leaked nearly half a million litres of oil into a central Alberta river has been heavily criticized by the province's energy watchdog. The Alberta Energy Regulator has concluded that Plains Midstream didn't inspect its Rangeland pipeline often enough, didn't pay enough attention to government warnings, failed to enact adequate mitigation measures once the leak occurred and communicated poorly with hundreds of people affected by the spill in June 2012.
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Publication: The State Department's final environmental impact analysis for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline downplays the significance the pipeline would have for development of the Canadian tar sands, according to a new analysis from a United Kingdom-based group. The analysis also argues that the State Department underestimated the amount of greenhouse gas emissions that would come with that development.
Press Clipping: At Town Meeting 2014, Vermonters again expressed wide concern over the possibility of toxic tar sands being transported through an aging pipeline in the Northeast Kingdom or by other means. As of Tuesday night, residents of at least 12 towns – some of them crossed by the 60-year-old pipeline, others nearby – reported that they had passed resolutions expressing concerns and calling for careful environmental review of any proposal regarding tar sands.
Press Clipping: Kitimat is more than booming. It’s exploding with growth. More than $50 billion in major industrial proposals are suddenly on Kitimat’s oceanic doorstep: two mega LNG complexes (backed by Shell, Chevron and other giants), a gas refinery, an aluminum smelter upgrade, and of course, the Northern Gateway pipeline project. Mayor Joanne Monaghan acknowledges the proposed Enbridge pipeline is so controversial she won’t even talk about it until citizens have had their say in an April 12th plebiscite.
Blog Post: Last month, scientists from Environment Canada released a study citing research that estimated the rate at which tailings water is likely seeping from one lake (and into groundwater systems hydraulically connected to the Athabasca River). That rate to be 6.5 million litres per day. Lead author Richard Frank said, “This is the strongest indication to date that process water is reaching the river system.”
Press Clipping: Former Conservative Prime Minister Joe Clark has suggested the Harper government willfully dug itself into a hole over the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. Even “before the pipeline question arose, the government of Canada deliberately went out of its way to be seen to be an adversary of environmentalists,” he said. “It became even clearer when the current minister of resources began a quite systematic attack on environmental groups.” All of which resulted in “the impression of an anti-environmentalist government.”
Press Clipping: Dr. John O’Connor, who earned national praise and scorn for raising concerns about cancers in Fort Chipewyan, told a group of U.S. Senators that the health issues in the community represent “an ongoing tragedy.” Speaking in Washington D.C. on Wednesday morning, O’Connor told reporters that carcinogens find their way into the air, water and food chain, affecting communities downstream from the oilsands. “This represents a public health crisis in this community,” he said, joining Senator Barbara Boxer, chairwoman of the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works and a Democrat from California.