Oil - Pipelines

Jessica Reznicek and Ruby Montoya, Democracy Now, July 28, 2017

Two Iowa-based Catholic Worker activists revealed they secretly carried out multiple acts of sabotage and arson in order to stop construction of the controversial $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline. We speak with Jessica Reznicek and Ruby Montoya about how they set fire to heavy machinery being used to construct the pipeline. They say their actions were inspired by the anti-nuclear Plowshares Movement which used nonviolent direct action to target nuclear warheads and military installations.

Bruce Finley, Denver Post, July 28, 2017

Colorado residents opposed to oil and gas industry operations near people slammed state industry regulators Monday, demanding that they accept a court ruling that says health and safety must be protected before drilling can be done.

Ross Belot, ipolitics , July 26, 2017

The oilsands have become, politically, the gift that keeps on taking. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s brand has been badly tarnished by his pro-pipeline stance even as evidence mounts that new pipeline capacity isn’t needed. Alberta Premier Rachel Notley continues to pretend pipelines will bring back the glory days for the province’s energy sector — even as crude prices languish in the mid $40s due to cheaper U.S. shale oil, and even as OPEC and Russia hold back their own production to shore up prices.

Rising Tide North America, July 24, 2017

BREAKING Right now, six courageous anti-pipeline fighters have blockaded the entrance to Kinder Morgan’s oil export terminal in Richmond, California calling for a stop to the expansion of the Kinder Morgan pipeline in western Canada.

Kinder Morgan wants to expand their pipeline across western Canada and triple the amount of tar sands crude mined from the Alberta tar sands impacting First Nations communities, diverse eco-systems and the climate.

Brian Mann, PRI, July 22, 2017

Trudeau's balancing act is bringing similarly harsh language from the other side.

“You’re either a liar or you’re confused,” oil worker Merle Terlesky told Trudeau at a town hall meeting in Alberta. “I’m beginning to think it’s both. ... You cannot come down to this province and attack the single biggest employer.”

Tucker McLachlan & Chris Hatch, National Observer, July 22, 2017

Canada's "big five" banks are the largest backers of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline project, according to the company's financial documents.

In total, 26 banks from Canada, the United States, Japan, Europe, and China have committed about $7.25 billion through a combination of share purchases and loans.

Nick Caleb, The Real News, July 21, 2017

Sharmini Peries: It's The Real News Network. I'm Sharmini Peries coming to you from Baltimore. Back in December last year, we all hailed the city of Portland for taking a remarkable step by banning new fossil fuel infrastructure projects within city limits. With this move, it became the first city in the US to take such a bold step forward. Portland mayor, Charlie Hales at the time, said this is the first stone in a green wall across the West Coast. Then the zoning ordinance drew a challenge from the oil industry and the Portland Business Alliance.

Jeffry Jones and Kelly Cryderman, The Globe and Mail, July 20, 2017

Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. plans to start construction on its $7.4-billion Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion on time despite unceasing opposition, the pipeline operator’s chief executive officer says.

In the first financial report since Kinder Morgan Canada’s initial public offering of restricted voting shares less than two months ago, CEO Ian Anderson said on Wednesday the company is completing contracts needed to start work on the expansion anticipated by Canada’s oil patch.

Alleen Brown, Will Parrish, Alice Speri, The Intercept_, June 27, 2017

After months of employing military-style counterinsurgency tactics to subvert opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota, Iowa, Illinois, and South Dakota, the private security firm TigerSwan is monitoring resistance to another project — the controversial Mariner East 2 pipeline.


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