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.
In the Media
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.
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.
Press Clipping: The enviros and the energy industry’s political people on K street in Washington rarely see matters the same way, but both groups now privately agree that the proposed Keystone XL pipeline from Alberta’s oil sands to the US Midwest is dead for more than a year, and probably much longer. The proximate cause was a lower-court decision this month in Nebraska (Thompson v Heineman) that turned on a point of state constitutional law. The professionals also think, as one top enviro activist says: “TransCanada created this quagmire for itself with its blustering tactics. You would not see an Exxon taking that path.”
Press Clipping: The Canadian National Energy Board (NEB) rejected a request this month from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to extend the deadline to apply as a participant in the public hearings on Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion. The EPA was unaware of a February 12 deadline to apply as a participant in hearings on the proposed $5.4 million expansion of the Vancouver-to-Edmonton Trans Mountain pipeline, and reportedly needed more time to "follow through with agency protocols and procedures" before applying to take part in the hearings.
Press Clipping: Kinder Morgan was harshly criticized in the House of Commons Tuesday for not filing a complete application with maps for its Edmonton-to-Burnaby oil pipeline -- a project that may disturb dozens of homes through several B.C. cities, depending on the path. “These are people in charge of a $5 billion construction project, and they ‘forgot’ to include their maps? Absolutely extraordinary,’" Kennedy Stewart told the Vancouver Observer on Tuesday. “It’s a 150 metre-wide corridor going through the city."