Blog Post: While some would have us think opposition to the Energy East project is small in this region, I heartedly disagree. These communities have resilience and pride. These are the same people that brought in moratoriums on fracking. I’m leaving with a renewed sense of hope. Opposition is building right across the pipeline path. To stop tar sands expansion and the downstream impacts. To protect our waterways for drinking, recreation, and tourism. To protect our climate for future generations.
Blog Post: After TransCanada filed its official application with the National Energy Board today, environmental organizations in Canada and the United States, First Nations and community organizers said the Energy East pipeline will never be built. "It's not going to happen," said Patrick Bonin of Greenpeace Canada. "Energy East would negate all the good work on climate that has been done at the provincial level and pose a major threat to millions of people's drinking water."
Blog Post: This morning, Canadian oil giant TransCanada filed an official application with the Canadian National Energy Board for permits to build its proposed Energy East tar sands pipeline. If approved, it would be the longest oil pipeline on the continent and the largest tar sands pipeline. Concerned North Americans have already committed to challenging the project on both sides of the U.S.–Canada border.
Blog Post: Environmental groups released new data today on Eastern Canadian oil imports, disproving TransCanada’s claim that its Energy East pipeline proposal is necessary to eliminate Canada’s heavy dependence on overseas oil. “It’s time TransCanada stops misleading the public with inaccurate information in a bid to justify its risky project,” says Environmental Defence’s Adam Scott. “Energy East would mainly serve to export unrefined oil, not stem an already waning tide of pricey foreign imports."
Blog Post: British Columbia is becoming a battleground. On one side are federal politicians and foreign companies rushing to transport Alberta bitumen and American coal through our communities. On the other side are citizens like you – people united by their love of home and the belief that decisions over air, land and water in British Columbia should be made by those who live here. All we can do is push back: talking one-on-one with voters, providing facts about the candidates, and making sure people get to the polls.
Blog Post: As news unfolded about the floundering Russian Russian container ship Simushir, which lost power in high seas off the west coast, the fear was palpable in the voices of the people of Haida Gwaii on the north coast of British Columbia. They were given a warning to “expect the worse,” that a ship loaded with dirty bunker fuel and diesel carrying dangerous goods could hit the coast at Gowgaia Bay within three to four hours. And help might not arrive for 20 hours.
Blog Post: Rather than proving that rail can be an alternative to pipelines to the Gulf Coast, Southern Pacific Resources’ experience illustrates the profound economic obstacles associated with tar sands production. The combination of high transportation costs and poor performance at its main tar sands SAGD project have driven the company to the verge of bankruptcy. The poor performance of tar sands by rail to the Gulf has only proved why the industry needs projects like the proposed Keystone XL pipeline to expand.
Blog Post: Perhaps the clamor was the most significant thing about the People’s Climate March, because it embodied a need to be heard—a cacophonous demand for new climate policy and a new set of rules for how the planet’s future will be shaped. We hope that it will be ringing in the ears of the politicians who still want to believe that politics can be separated from the health of the planet—and that registered voters’ opinions about climate can be ignored.