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Tar Sands Solutions Network - April 17th 2014


Quote of the Week

“I am feeling so good about the people here in Kitimat. Despite all the money, and all the cynicism, bullying that's been going on here, people got together -- native, non-native, neighbour to neighbour -- and raised their voices tonight."

~ Nathan Cullen, MP for Skeena—Bulkley Valley


Featured Dirt

Enbridge loses Kitimat plebiscite on Northern Gateway

With a hushed crowd of about one hundred, the unofficial result of the Kitimat plebiscite was read aloud Saturday evening. Instantly, those gathered at the downtown park erupted into screams of joy. Enbridge has lost the vote. Read more

Keystone XL

TransCanada dismissive of employees’ concerns about pipeline safety

Thousands of pages of records, released over the past month by the Senate energy and environment committee, indicate that management at TransCanada Corp. were dismissive to employees who raised concerns in recent years about the safety of the company’s existing and brand new North American pipeline infrastructure. Read more

More than 100 scientists call for rejection of Keystone XL

Dear President Obama and Secretary Kerry: As scientists and economists, we are concerned about climate change and its impacts. We urge you to reject the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline as a project that will contribute to climate change at a time when we should be doing all we can to put clean energy alternatives in place. Read more

Climate Impacts

Tar Sands makes energy sector Canada’s biggest source of GHGs 

Canada’s energy industry has officially surpassed transportation as the largest producer of climate-change causing greenhouse gases, in no small part because of large increases in tar sands extraction, according to a recent government report. Environment Canada said that oil and gas production now accounts for one quarter of Canada’s greenhouse emissions. Emissions from the oil and gas extraction sector has increased substantially since 2005 — largely due to a tar sands production increase of 107 percent. Read more

Let’s talk about climate change 

Kinder Morgan’s proposal to triple the capacity of its TransMountain pipeline is expected to lead to 50% more carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions each year than all of British Columbia currently produces. That fact prompted 26 university professors who study climate change to apply to lend our expertise to the NEB’s assessment of whether this project is in the public interest. Every one of us was rejected, because we proposed to talk about climate change. Read more

Energy East

Why Ottawa can and should take action on the Energy East pipeline

At Ecology Ottawa, we’ve already heard from numerous residents in the City of Ottawa who are concerned about the proposed Energy East pipeline that would bring at least 1.1 million barrels-per-day (over 130 million litres) through the boundaries of the city, even passing under the Rideau River. Thousands of people have signed our petition, and the city has the responsibility to look out for the health and safety interests of its residents, which would be put at risk by the construction of the largest oil pipeline in North America. Read more

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