On Saturday, April 12, a number of Vancouver Ecosocialist Group members (Vancouver, BC, Canada) participated in the walk, rally and flotilla opposed to Kinder Morgan’s plans to expand the Trans Mountain pipeline carrying tar sands bitumen to the Burrard Inlet. The day was organized by the Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder Morgan Pipeline Expansion (BROKE) and North Shore NOPE. Below is a collection of news stories related to the event.
Freda Huson and Toghestiy from the Unist'ot'en Camp speak about the threat of, and resistance to, fracking to thousands of people gathered for the Defend Our Climate -- Defend Our Communities rally at Science World in Vancouver. The rally in Vancouver was mainly focused on the Enbridge tar sands bitumen pipeline - which will pass right by the Unist'ot'en Camp if it is ever built.
A Nebraska judge has declared that a state law that granted Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman the authority to push through Keystone XL is invalid. Lancaster County Judge Stephanie Stacy agreed with opponents' arguments that the state law passed in 2011 improperly gave decision-making power to Heineman to grant TransCanada -- the Calgary-based pipeline giant behind the project -- eminent domain powers within the state.
In a growing shift that is likely to upset many environmentalists about the future of the tar sands, political groups are increasingly signalling their support for the sector if it means Alberta's oil can be refined into gasoline in Canada, rather than for raw bitumen export.
Summary: After 10 years of production, shale gas in the United States cannot be considered commercially viable, according to scientists. They argue that while the use of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling for "tight oil" is an important contributor to U.S. energy supply, it is not going to result in long-term sustainable production or allow the U.S. to become a net oil exporter.
Oorganizers of a student/youth-led demonstration are hoping their 'XL Dissen't protest in Washington, D.C. on March 2 will be one of the largest actions so far against the Keystone XL pipeline project that would transport tar sands from Canada to the Gulf Coast of the U.S. Some 2,000 to 3,000 people will travel from around the country to march from Georgetown University to the White House, according to the predictions of organizers...
An internationally renowned environmental economist is criticizing the federal government for failing to consider climate change while reviewing pipeline applications, such as Kinder Morgan’s bid to twin the Trans Mountain line. SFU professor and climate change expert Mark Jaccard blasted the government’s absence of consideration for climate change, despite Canada’s promise to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to help stop the planet’s temperature from rising by two degrees Celsius.
Rose Ann DeMoro is executive director of the 185,000-member National Nurses United, the nation’s largest union and professional association of nurses, and a national vice president of the AFL-CIO.
With the clock ticking down on a final decision by the Obama administration on Keystone XL, it’s time to update why NNU is opposed to a project that looks more like a pathway to pollution than a gateway to our gas pumps.
Shawn McCarthy and Sophie Cousineau, Globe and Mail, February 15, 2014
The Parti Quebecois government is embracing an oil economy, hoping to usher in an era of petro-riches for the province by drilling in the environmentally sensitive Gulf of St. Lawrence region. With an election call expected in coming weeks, Premier Pauline Marois announced Thursday [Feb 13] the government would launch joint ventures and provide up to $115-million to help finance $190-million in exploratory work on Anticosti Island, which is believed to sit on top of promising quantities of oil and gas.