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Kinder Morgan

David Suzuki writes letter to grandson arrested at Kinder Morgan protest on Burnaby Mountain

Jenny Uechi | Vancouver Observer - November 22nd 2014

Press Clipping: Environmental leader David Suzuki wrote a letter praising his grandson Tamo Campos, a co-founder of environmental and human rights group Beyond Boarding, after his arrest on Burnaby Mountain protesting Kinder Morgan's pipeline expansion work on Thursday. "Tamo Campos is my grandson and I am very proud of him," Suzuki wrote. "He is doing what I would have done myself were it not a risk to my position as host of The Nature of Things on CBC."

SFU scientist Lynne Quarmby arrested in Kinder Morgan protest on Burnaby Mountain


Mychaylo Prystupa and Jenny Uechi | Vancouver Observer - November 21st 2014

Press Clipping: Scientist Lynne Quarmby -- the chair of SFU's molecular biology and biochemistry department, and a face of public opposition against pipeline giant Kinder Morgan -- has just been arrested at Burnaby Mountain. "The reason we're in this predicament here in Burnaby has to do with the Conservative Harper government and what they did at the end of 2012 in the omnibus bill that stripped environmental regulations," she said in a speech minutes before her arrest. "The NEB process is now a sham. We have a process that does not allow consideration of climate change ... at a time that climate change is the biggest problem facing humanity."

Energy East

Poll shows few Quebecers support Energy East pipeline


Monique Beaudin | Montreal Gazette - November 20th 2014

Press Clipping: Only a third of Quebecers support the controversial Energy East oil pipeline project, according to a poll conducted by researchers at the Université de Montréal. But it is a different situation outside the province. Nationally, half of Canadians support the project, with 68 per cent of Albertans favouring the pipeline, the poll found. The U de M poll results come the day after TransCanada’s communications plan to win over Quebecers and silence critics were leaked. The company’s strategic plan devoted to Quebec, dated May 20, calls for recruiting “third parties” to “build an echo chamber of aligned voices” in favour of the project.

Spills and Leaks

There’s been HOW many pipeline spills in Alberta in the last four months??

Gwennedd | Daily Koz - November 20th 2014

Press Clipping: Over the past year West Coast Native News has reported on many crude oil and toxic produced water spills all over Alberta. In fact we have reported over 600,000 litres of toxic crap that has been spilled just last month and yet not one mainstream media outlet has picked up the incidents. So lets take a look back at just the last month (October) and see just what the mainstream is not telling you. The results are shocking.

Keystone XL

Democrats win KXL vote, open defense of Obama’s climate agenda

John H. Cushman Jr. | InsideClimate News - November 19th 2014

Press Clipping: Senate Democrats held together just enough votes on Tuesday to defeat, at least for now, legislation to build the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The bill's failure, by 59 yeas to 41 nays, lets President Obama off the hook for a possible veto at the start of this lame-duck session of Congress. But the Senate vote, like the one favoring the project in the House a few days earlier, was really about more than the Keystone. It was the first defense by besieged Congressional Democrats of President Obama's entire environmental and climate agenda, which they fear may be going down the drain.

Climate Impacts, Air & Water Issues

Sins of omission: Who’s looking out for the environment?

Josh Wingrove | Globe and Mail - November 18th 2014

Press Clipping: Oil sands production has surged but the resource’s environmental regulation has remained dubious. Provincial and federal governments have reaped the windfalls of the boom with only sporadic, often ambivalent attention to its impact, squabbling along the way over jurisdiction. Federal environment ministers have been saying emissions regulations are imminent since 2006. Companies have often been left to monitor themselves.

Energy East, Reducing Demand for Oil

P.R. firm urges TransCanada to target opponents of its Energy East pipeline

Ian Austen | New York Times - November 18th 2014

Press Clipping: Ben Powless, the antipipeline campaigner at Ecology Ottawa, said he was somewhat surprised that Edelman, the largest independent public relations firm based on revenues, would be concerned about his small group’s influence. Ecology Ottawa has about nine paid employees and mainly relies on volunteers who tend to be students and retirees. “To me, it’s a smear campaign really trying to shut down the voices of local people who have legitimate concerns.”

Air & Water Issues, Human Rights

Getting the word out on tar sands pollution

Alexandra Paul | Winnipeg Free Press - November 18th 2014

Press Clipping: Scientists found pay dirt in tests on beavers and in samples of willow, which soaks up toxins through its roots. From there, the science traced the effects of tar sands pollution on human health, including the cancer rates. "These exercises showed the oilsands were having an explicit and significant effect on human health. The occurrence of cancer embodied both the science and the traditional knowledge,” said lead scientist Stéphane McLachlan.