Press Clipping: A new activist group wants to get in on the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline debate and has started with a warning that oil spills and pipeline ruptures can devalue property, according to a report issued by the organization that calls itself Conversations for Responsible Economic Development (CRED). The group claims it is not opposed to pipeline development, according to a spokeswoman, but its members feel that potential risks from the Trans Mountain pipeline’s expansion have not been discussed well enough. “The economic benefits are being discussed pretty well, Kinder Morgan is doing a pretty good job of making that case,” Liz McDowell said. “We just want to look at the full (picture of potential risk) in this case.”
In the Media
Press Clipping: Christopher Ragan, associate professor of economics at McGill University and the David Dodge Chair in Monetary Policy at the C.D. Howe Institute, argues that Harper’s distaste for a carbon tax is not only preventing Canada from achieving its GHG-reduction goals, it’s also an expensive ruse that defies the logic of the market-based policies most economists and environmentalists support.
Press Clipping: Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., an outspoken advocate of the Keystone XL pipeline, isn't thrilled to hear that prominent Democratic strategist John Podesta has formally joined President Obama's inner circle at the White House. Podesta's think tank, the Center for American Progress, has been battling the proposed pipeline, and Podesta himself has been critical of the project for years. "It creates a concern," Hoeven told National Journal in the Capitol. "The White House has delayed this for now more than five years. It looks to me if they can find a way to turn it down, that is what they are going to do."
Press Clipping: At first glance, I was all, "Awww cute animals! Charming landscape!" But when I heard what TransCanada is planning to build right through that charming landscape, my reaction was more [angst]. Be sure to stick around past 0:46 to ... hear about the farmers' inspiring story of resistance. Seriously though. It's fantastic.
Press Clipping: Green groups battling the proposed Keystone XL oil-sands pipeline are making their case to a senior State Department official on Monday as the department prepares to finalize its environmental review of the project. Sources familiar with the meeting say that environmentalists plan to highlight, among other arguments, recent reports that suggest production won't proceed as fast without major new pipeline capacity out of Alberta. Green groups say an International Energy Agency report in November provided new evidence that rail can't accommodate all the planned growth, and the Keystone XL is therefore a key contributor to increased greenhouse gas emissions from tar sands expansion.
Press Clipping: Green groups visited the State Department Monday to present new information that they say undercuts the case for the Keystone XL pipeline. The groups told Kerri-Ann Jones, State's assistant secretary for oceans and international environmental and scientific affairs, that new evidence suggests Keystone XL is a "linchpin" for the oil-sands industry. Danielle Droitsch of the Natural Resources Defense Council — one of the groups that met with Jones — said claims that crude from the oil sands in Alberta, Canada, will reach Gulf Coast refineries regardless of whether the pipeline is approved are false. "The financial community has acknowledged that transporting tar sands oil by rail is a niche industry, not a replacement for the pipeline."
Press Clipping: Work on Enbridge's Line 9B pipeline was halted in Toronto on Tuesday morning after a group of about 20 protesters opposed to Enbridge’s Line 9 proposal — some chaining themselves to equipment — showed up at the work site. The protesters arrived early, prompting the contractor to send home about 40 workers there to perform routine maintenance on the pipeline. Five of the protesters chained themselves to equipment.
Press Clipping: Following the publication of documents obtained by the Vancouver Observer showing the National Energy Board oversaw the spying activities of the RCMP and CSIS on oil sands opponents, Barry Robinson, Staff Lawyer for Ecojustice, sent a letter today to National Energy Board (NEB) legal counsel Andrew Hudson and NEB CEO and Chair Gaétan Caron demanding answers. "What bothers me is they are looking into those who are simply opposed to the pipelines, with no criminal wrongdoing, and are sharing that information with the NEB -- the regulatory body that's supposed to make independent decisions," Robinson said.