Press Clipping: More than one hundred Keystone XL protesters marched to the William J. Green Federal Building in Philadelphia, where waves of protesters proceeded to block entrances to the federal building for four hours. 29 participants were arrested, disrupting business as usual and making sure the Obama Administration could not ignore their message: the President would betray both his promise and his commitment to battling climate change if he caves to Big Oil and approves the pipeline.
In the Media
Press Clipping: Wealthy Democratic environmentalists are considering withholding support for a 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential bid unless she reassures them about their top priority: Killing the Keystone XL pipeline. “She’s kind of a closed book on the environment,” said Guy Saperstein, an Oakland-based venture capitalist and former president of the San Francisco-based Sierra Club Foundation. “I, for one, would not support her until she gives us more information.”
Press Clipping: While most Americans support the construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline expansion, many more believe it would create “a significant number of jobs.” The problem is that this perception outstrips reality. It’s "a similar amount of construction work to what’s necessary to build a medium-size mall, and after it’s built, far fewer permanent positions,” says NRDC’s Anthony Swift. “Keystone XL has been pushed as this national jobs creator. It’s not.”
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.
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.
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.