Oil - Pipelines

Shawn McCarthy, Globe and Mail, January 24, 2014

This article is a comprehensive overview of the supply and production of oil in the United States.

For 40 years, U.S. leaders have fretted about the country’s dependence on oil imports and vowed to pursue energy independence. Now, even as the U.S. is still importing seven million barrels per day of crude, there is a growing clamour to end a ban on crude exports that has been in effect since the Arab oil embargo of 1973 shocked Americans out of their sense of energy security.

Carrie Tait and Jeffrey Jones, Globe and Mail, January 18, 2014

The technological drilling technique is to be used in the Canol shale oil play in the Central Mackenzie Valley and more open seas as a result of melting ice are spurring plans for offshore drilling

ConocoPhillips Co. is about to make history in the Northwest Territories. The global oil and gas company is preparing to employ horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing technology on wells in the Canol shale oil play in the Central Mackenzie Valley in February.

Heather Smith, Grist, January 16, 2014
Why exploding trains are the new Keystone XL

Back in the olden days of 2011, when America was young and LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” was a song that not everyone had gotten sick of yet, one of the most compelling criticisms leveled against the Keystone XL pipeline protesters went like this: There is oil in the Alberta tar sands. Pretty cheap stuff – about $30 less a barrel than what you can buy overseas.

Chief Allan Adam, Huffington Post, January 15, 2014
Diana Krall

My community is largely based in Fort Chipewyan, Alberta, 200 km downstream from current tar sands development. It's a place of great beauty and history, but we are now at risk from irreversible impacts that will permanently change our lands and our lives forever. In July of 2010, the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) Elders Council issued a declaration on our rights under agreements made over a century ago.

Roger Annis, Vancouver Observer, January 14, 2014
Screenshot from CBC of Jan 7, 2014 CN Rail derailment in northern New Brunswick

North America’s frenzied oil-by-rail industry began the new year in the same way it ended the old one—with a spectacular derailment and fire of oil train cars on the outskirts of a small community. It’s the latest calamity by an industry growing at a pace that should frighten anyone concerned with public safety and the world’s warming climate.

Jenny Uechi, Vancouver Observer, January 9, 2014
David Suzuki

Five environmental groups, including the David Suzuki Foundation and the Wilderness Committee, are taking the federal government to court, claiming it has failed to meet its responsibilities under the Species at Risk Act to protect endangered wildlife threatened by the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline. The case will be heard by the Federal Court in Vancouver Jan.

Erin Flegg, Vancouver Observer, January 11, 2014
Photo courtesy of the Unist'ot'en Facebook page.

With the announcement of the National Energy Board’s ruling in favour of Enbridge’s Northern pipeline, and the fall of yet another government environmental safeguard, the organizers of the anti-pipeline blockade camp in Northern BC are more committed than ever to holding their ground. Along with partner Forest Action Network (FAN), they’ve put out a call for more volunteers, and FAN director Zoe Blunt says they’ve received a flood of applications in the past week from people eager to travel to the camp and help out.

Mathew Millar, Vancouver Observer, January 4, 2014
Chuck Stahl/CBC

Chuck Strahl, Chairman of the federal body which oversees Canada’s spy agency, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), has registered to lobby on behalf of Enbridge’s ‘Northern Gateway Pipelines Limited Partnership’. Two weeks before the December 19, 2013 decision of the National Energy Board’s Joint Review Panel on the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline Project, Strahl and his firm –

Barbara Lewis, Reuters, December 24, 2013

(Reuters) - More than 50 top European and U.S. scientists have written to the European Commission president urging him to press ahead with a plan to label tar sands as more polluting than other forms of oil, in defiance of intensive lobbying from Canada. The draft law was kept on ice during trade talks between the European Union and Canada, the world's biggest producer of oil from tar sands, which culminated in a multi-million-dollar pact signed earlier this year.

Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, NEB, December 20, 2013

Vancouver: The Joint Review Panel (the Panel) for the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Project today recommended that the federal government approve the project, subject to 209 required conditions. Based on a scientific and precautionary approach to this complex review, the Panel found that the project, if built and operated in compliance with the conditions set out in its report, would be in the public interest.


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