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Where Oil Meets Water: Energy East is an unacceptable risk to waterways

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August 22nd 2014

Publication: Drinking water, beluga habitat, and fishing and swimming holes are all at risk if TransCanada’s proposed Energy East pipeline is approved, says a new report. "Energy East: Where Oil Meets Water" estimates the Energy East pipeline could spill more than one million litres of crude oil, including diluted bitumen from the tar sands, in just 10 minutes. By comparison, the 2013 spill in the Kalamazoo River in Michigan – the largest inland spill in the U.S. – spilled 3.8 million litres of diluted bitumen over the course of 17 hours.

Climate Impacts, Europe

Dirty Deals: Trade talks undermine EU climate change regulation

July 17th 2014

Publication: This briefing demonstrates how corporate lobby groups are using trade threats, and particularly the EU-US trade talks as a vehicle to attack, weaken and delay important environmental regulation still in the making. The Fuel Quality Directive has already being delayed and potentially weakened threatening EU climate policies and an influx of tar sands to Europe.

Human Rights

REPORT: Environmental and Human Health Implications of the Athabasca Oil Sands

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July 8th 2014

Publication: A new study released by two Alberta First Nations communities in partnership with the University of Manitoba reports that certain carcinogens released in tar sands operations are being found in high levels in local wildlife. The study also reports a higher incidence of cancer among study participants, many of whom work in the tar sands industry, adding to evidence that these local communities suffer from higher rates of cancer.

Human Rights

Tar Sands Crude Oil: Health Effects of a Dirty and Destructive Fuel

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Diane Bailey and Danielle Droitsch | NRDC - March 31st 2014

Publication: With more tar sands flowing through pipelines, there is mounting evidence that people and communities in the vicinity of tar sands activity face substantial health and safety risks. This report highlights a growing body of scientific research and news reports about people directly impacted, showing that serious health risks and problems are arising all along this tar sands network, from northern Canada to refineries in California, the Gulf Coast, the Midwest and the Rocky Mountains, as well as from accidents and spills.

Kinder Morgan

Report: Save the Salish Sea

March 21st 2014

Publication: Pipeline giant Kinder Morgan hopes to triple oil shipments through its TransMountain pipeline and marine terminal in Burnaby, bringing an unprecedented number of tar sands oil tankers to the busy waters of the Salish Sea. At the same time, Port Metro Vancouver is considering significant increases in the amount of coal shipped from its facilities in the region. Cumulatively, these proposals represent a dramatic regional shift: the transformation of the Salish Sea into a global carbon corridor.

Human Rights

Tar sands makes global environmental justice atlas

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Editors | Tar Sands Solutions Network - March 21st 2014

Publication: A brand-new online atlas of environmental justice issues around the world has just been launched, and the tar sands joins more than 1000 major environmental conflicts, where communities are struggling to defend their earth, air, water and resources livelihoods from damaging environmental impacts.

Energy East

TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline will export oil, not help Canadians

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Andrea Harden-Donahue | Council of Canadians - March 19th 2014

Publication: When TransCanada first announced the Energy East pipeline a number of voices emerged trumpeting its benefits. TransCanada's CEO Russ Girling described the pipeline as "an historic opportunity to connect the oil resources of western Canada to the consumers of eastern Canada, creating jobs, tax revenue and energy security for all Canadians for decades to come." Sounds pretty great, eh? First let’s separate fact from fiction.