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At this year’s big climate rally, most of the people won’t be pale, male, and stale

Ben Adler | Grist - July 31st 2014

Press Clipping: More than 500 organizations are planning a historic event for Sept. 21 in New York City, what they say will be the largest rally for climate action ever. However many people show up, this march will likely be historic for another reason: its diversity and its focus on climate justice. More than 20 labor unions are among the organizations leading in the planning and turnout efforts.

Enbridge Northern Gateway

Inspirational B.C. teen crusades against Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline

Will Johnson | Nelson Star - July 31st 2014

Press Clipping: Sixteen-year-old Keegan Kemp had an epiphany last summer. “I was thinking to myself ‘here I am in this body, living this life, and what do I have to show for it?’” the 16-year-old told the Star during a recent interview. “We all have a duty, you know? To do something.” Kemp’s particular passion has led him to become the community organizer for the local chapter of the Dogwood Initiative to oppose the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline.

Human Rights, Enbridge Northern Gateway

Q&A: Why First Nations are stopping Enbridge’s tar sands pipeline

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Elizabeth Douglass | InsideClimate News - July 31st 2014

Press Clipping: British Columbia's First Nations have fought the proposed Northern Gateway oil sands pipeline that would cross their land for years, and they have no intention of letting up just because the federal government recently approved it. They've ignored the wishes of Canadian Prime Minister Harper, shrugged off oil industry promises of local jobs, and rejected offers of part ownership in what could be a lucrative and long-lived project. How come?

Climate Impacts, Petrostate Politics

The Irony File: Tar sands refinery asks government to protect it from sea level rise

Ben Adlern | Grist - July 31st 2014

Press Clipping: This just in from Grist: An oil refinery in Delaware that processes dirty tar sands crude is asking taxpayers to pay for protecting it from rising sea levels. The refinery is on the waterfront, and rising tides and extreme storms could threaten it. After contributing to climate change for more than 50 years, the Delaware City Refining Company (a division of PBF Energy) wants a grant through the federal Coastal Zone Management Act to build natural barriers to protect against storm surges.

Petrostate Politics, Keystone XL

U.S. lawmakers got cash from Alberta’s Keystone lobbyists

Laurent Bastien Corbeil and Les Whittington | Toronto Star - July 29th 2014

Press Clipping: One of Washington’s most influential lobbying firms made thousands of dollars in political contributions to key U.S. lawmakers last year as it worked on behalf of the Alberta government to drum up congressional support for the Keystone XL pipeline, documents reveal. Chronicling meetings and luncheons between lobbyists and congressional staffers, the U.S. government records offer a glimpse into Alberta’s efforts to promote a project that is facing a growing number of hurdles across the border.

Climate Impacts, Spills and Leaks, Stop the Expansion

BREAKING: Newfound threat to tar sands projects

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Andrew Nikiforuk | The Tyee - July 28th 2014

Press Clipping: A new study suggests that naturally occurring upward flow of groundwater in the oilsands region is creating fractures and weaknesses that may explain a series of catastrophic events for the controversial mining industry. The findings, soon to appear in the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, have significant implications for groundwater protection, the security of massive industrial wastewater disposal in the region as well as the economics and placement of more than 100 steam plants and mines.

Human Rights, Petrostate Politics

To the Tsilhqot’in, with Gloves

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Ian Gill | The Tyee - July 28th 2014

Press Clipping: Make no mistake, this is a spectacular victory for the Tsilhqot'in and an emphatic rebuke to the swindlers who have ruled and attempted to ruin this province since they first clapped eyes on the place. Finally, a rare serving of natural justice, and from the darkness of modern times, some news that offers a glimmer of hope for a better world. But while pausing to savour what has just been won, it's hard not to worry that the barbarians are still at the gate, and may be all the more dangerous for being wounded.

Enbridge Northern Gateway

National Energy Board orders Enbridge to stop work on Manitoba pipeline

July 28th 2014

Press Clipping: The National Energy Board has ordered Enbridge Inc. to stop work along its Line 3 oil pipeline in Manitoba after an inspection earlier this month revealed numerous environmental and safety concerns. Enbridge announced plans earlier this year to replace the pipeline in its entirety — a $7.5 billion undertaking that would be the largest project in the company's history. The NEB says it won't allow work to resume until it's satisfied the problems have been fixed by Enbridge.