Oil - Pipelines

By Shawn McCarthy, The Globe and Mail, February 6, 2014

Environmentalists are turning their sites on TransCanada Corp.’s $12-billion Energy East project, with a new report  that argues the cross-country pipeline will contribute to soaring greenhouse gas emissions in the oil sands. In a report to be released Thursday, Calgary-based Pembina Institute urges the federal government to consider the pipeline’s effect on carbon emissions when the National Energy Board conducts its environmental assessment, expected later this year.

John Cotter, Canadian Press, February 4, 2014

A new study suggests the environmental health risks of oilsands operations in Alberta’s Athabasca region have probably been underestimated. Researchers say emissions of potentially hazardous air pollution that were used in environmental reviews done before approving some projects did not include evaporation from tailings ponds or other sources, such as dust from mining sites.
 

Donavan Vincent, Toronto Star, January 31, 2014

By Donovan Vincent, Toronto Star, Jan 30 2014

Roger Annis, Vancouver Observer, January 28, 2014

The company seeking to build the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline has had a massive explosion on its decades-old natural gas pipeline in southern Manitoba. The rupture of the TransCanada PipeLines (TCPL) gas line occurred in the middle of the night on Saturday, January 25 near the village of Otterburne. A massive fireball erupted into the night sky and burned for many hours.

Mathew Robinson and Mike de Souza, Vancouver Sun, January 27, 2014
Firemen use foam to hose down a railcar as cleanup crews remove one of the toppled rail cars in Lac-Mégantic on Friday July 19, 2013.  Photograph by: Allen McInnis/Montreal Gazette , Postmedia News

Shipments of crude oil by rail are steaming forward in B.C. even as investigators said Thursday the federal government has failed to eliminate "critical weaknesses" in the rail system in the six months since the deadly Lac-Mégantic train disaster. Officials from the Transportation Safety Board delivered this warning as they jointly issued "critical" safety recommendations in partnership with the United States’ National Transportation Safety Board.

John Stackhouse, Globe and Mail, January 27, 2014

Republican leaders in Congress are planning a legislative offensive to force the White House’s hand on the Keystone XL pipeline decision if the Obama administration does not declare its support for the project in the coming weeks. Eric Cantor, the House Majority Leader, said Republicans are considering attaching a Keystone decision to a new law to raise the debt ceiling, which may be needed by the end of February for the U.S. to avoid another financial crisis.

Stanley Tromp, Canadian Press, January 27, 2014

U.S. scientists are warning that there are environmental risks, regulatory holes and serious unknowns regarding the shipment of Alberta oil-sands products by pipeline, rail and tanker. The findings are in a 153-page report from last September by the emergency response division of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The unit has expertise in preparing for, evaluating and responding to oil and chemical spills in coastal environments.

Stanley Tromp, CP, January 26, 2014
U.S. scientists are warning that there are environmental risks, regulatory holes and serious unknowns regarding the shipment of Alberta oilsands products by pipeline, rail and tanker.  Photograph by: Tony Gutierrez , The Associated Press

Vancouver - U.S. scientists are warning that there are environmental risks, regulatory holes and serious unknowns regarding the shipment of Alberta oilsands products by pipeline, rail and tanker. The findings are in a 153-page report from last September by the emergency response division of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The unit has expertise in preparing for, evaluating and responding to oil and chemical spills in coastal environments.

Andrea Janus, CTV News, January 24, 2014
Chuck Strahl is pictured in Ottawa on February 3, 2011. (Adrian Wyld / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Former Conservative MP Chuck Strahl is stepping down as chair of the Security Intelligence Review Committee following an uproar over revelations that he recently registered as a lobbyist for the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline project. In a statement released to media late Friday afternoon, Strahl said that although he has complied with “all relevant rules and regulations” for ex-MPs, he does “not wish to be in the centre of the political fray. “Nor do I want to be a distraction from the important work SIRC does every day in ensuring the security of Canadians.

Peter Moskowitz, Aljazeera, January 21, 2014
Texan Eddy Radillo holds a Texas flag and a sign opposing the Keystone XL pipeline during a rally in Paris, Texas in 2012.Sam Craft/The Paris News, via AP

The construction of the Keystone XL, a pipeline intended to bring hundreds of thousands of barrels a day of oil from Canada’s controversial oil sands to the United States, has been mired in delays as regulators assess its environmental impact, and activists and landowners protest what they see as one of the nation’s largest environmental thre

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