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.
In the Media
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.
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.”