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The Dirt :: It’s Time to Pull Together Edition

Editors | Tar Sands Solutions Network - October 23rd 2014

Blog Post: In this issue of The Dirt, Energy East faces growing opposition that threatens to kill TransCanada’s unpopular pipeline project, Canada Council and friends set to launch Atlantic Canada tour to highlight the risks of the Energy East pipeline, and a new report raises questions about Canada Revenue Agency’s biased process for determining which charities deserve to be audited. Oh, and an anonymous donor has stepped up to match donations to First Nations' legal battle against Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline, so get out your wallet!

Keystone XL

Keystone XL pipeline trial in Oklahoma starts today

Editors | Tar Sands Solutions Network - October 23rd 2014

Blog Post: On April 22, 2013, Alec Johnson disrupted construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline near Tushka, Oklahoma by chaining himself to heavy equipment and effectively halting work. Now, more than a year after his arrest, Alec Johnson will attempt to make US history by becoming the first to argue that he was justified in breaking the law to prevent a greater harm: the urgent threat of climate change.

Energy East

Energy East: Our risk, their reward


Editors | Tar Sands Solutions Network - October 22nd 2014

Blog Post: What happens when you put a rancher, a fisherman, a journalist and Maude Barlow into a room? It might be the beginning of a joke, but it’s nothing but. It is a sampling of some of the speakers who will tour Atlantic Canada to discuss the disastrous consequences of the Energy East pipeline. They will tour Halifax, Cornwallis, Saint John, Fredericton and Edmundston from October 26 to November 6.

Energy East

People and places at risk by TransCanada’s Energy East Pipeline proposal

Editors | Tar Sands Solutions Network - October 21st 2014

Blog Post: Exposing Energy East: People and Places at Risk by TransCanada’s Energy East Pipeline Proposal, a photography exhibit featuring the work of internationally acclaimed artists Garth Lenz and Robert van Waarden, will appear in Toronto between October 31 and November 5, 2014. This exhibit brings together photographs of people and places threatened by the Energy East pipeline, the largest proposed tar sands pipeline in the world.

Spills and Leaks, Petrostate Politics

NAFTA’s regulatory body should investigate Canada’s inaction on tar sands tailings

Jennifer Skene | NRDC - October 21st 2014

Blog Post: The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC), an environmental review body established under NAFTA, soon will decide whether to investigate the Canadian government’s continuing failure to regulate its tar sands industry. By informing Canadian citizens of their government’s inaction on tailings regulations, a CEC investigation would help hold the Canadian government accountable for its failure to protect its fisheries and citizens from toxic tailings.

Petrostate Politics

Report raises new questions about Canada Revenue Agency’s biased auditing program


Editors | Tar Sands Solutions Network - October 21st 2014

Blog Post: Right-leaning charities are reporting zero “political” activity while engaging in work that appears to meet the Canada Revenue Agency’s definition, a new Broadbent Institute report has found. This raises new questions about the agency’s selection process for determining which charities are targeted for political-activity audits and how charities are interpreting CRA’s definition of “political” activity. With mounting evidence suggesting bias in auditing decisions, we need to find out what’s going on here,” said Broadbent Institute Executive Director Rick Smith.

Oil by rail

The tar sands train that couldn’t

Lorne Stockman and Anthony Swift | Oil Change International and NRDC - October 21st 2014

Blog Post: Any claim that Keystone XL passes the President’s climate test rests on the argument that carbon intensive tar sands crude will be developed at the same rate with or without the massive pipeline, because the dirty oil can just as easily be moved by train. But one look at the underperformance of the first unit-train-loading terminal with access to tar sands crude, a tale of budget overruns, missed targets and operational failures, shows just how spurious that argument is.

Creating a Low Carbon Future

Clean energy in the here and now


Cara Pike and Tzeporah Berman - October 20th 2014

Blog Post: If there is one story that fossil fuel companies and the government representatives they fund don’t want North Americans to hear is that the transition away from dirty, carbon intensive energy sources is already underway and delivering benefits to communities and individuals. Countering the fossil fuel industry’s inevitability frame requires showing these clean-energy solutions are happening now and deliver tangible benefits.