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TransCanada plugs leak in Keystone I pipeline and turns on the flow from the tar sands again

By Meteor Blades Calgary-based TransCanada Corp. found the leak in Keystone I pipeline late Friday, patched it and opened the valves Sunday. The leak was found nine days ago by a farmer (NOT by the pipeline company) near a pump station in Freeman, South Dakota, a rural area. Nearly 17,000 gallons—400 barrels—of oil had leaked before the pipeline was shut down […]

April 11th

President Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline

Today, President Obama vetoed the bill that would allow the Keystone XL pipeline to be built. The measure has been heralded by the conservative-dominated Congress as a job creator, but many on the other side were concerned about the environmental implications of the pipeline. Although this was only the president’s third veto of his presidency, […]

February 24th

Nebraska puts up a new roadblock for Keystone Pipeline

By Meteor Blades Fall-out from the ruling of a Nebraska district court judge Wednesday could postpone President Obama’s long-awaited decision on allowing construction of Keystone XL tar-sands pipeline a while longer, perhaps beyond the November election, a number of analysts say. That possibility comes at the same time the president’s remarks about what he said to Canadian Prime […]

February 21st

Action Alert! Vigil tonight against climate-killing Keystone XL

How bad is the Keystone XL pipeline? According to former NASA scientist James Hansen, if Keystone is approved it’s game over for the climate. What are you going to do about it? For starters, you can join with thousands of others across the country tonight at a vigil to remind President Obama that he doesn’t […]

February 3rd

Keystone XL roundup – Yeah, the State Department report sucks

By Meteor Blades As expected, the State Department released its long-awaited Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement on the Keystone XL pipeline Friday afternoon. Most media reports have been stating that the 11-volume document gives the project a green light and the response to that from many environmental advocates has been fierce. But Josh Mogerman, deputy director of national media […]

January 31st

Keystone XL – State Department says no major environmental impact (!)

Oh, the chutzpah. An environmental impact statement (written by a consulting firm under investigation for lying about their extensive oil-industry ties) has concluded that the Keystone XL pipeline will have zero effect on the environment and climate change. The ludicrous reasoning behind that assessment? “Approval or denial of any single project is unlikely to significantly […]

January 31st

Disappointing Keystone XL environmental analysis out today?

By Meteor Blades The long-awaited supplemental environmental impact statement on the much-disputed Keystone XL pipeline will be released Friday afternoon, according to two unnamed senior administration officials, CNN reports. Multiple sources in the past 24 hours, starting with Bloomberg News, have said that the SEIS, which amounts to a third draft of the EIS first issued in […]

January 31st

Keystone XL pipeline would raise U.S. gas prices – and Obama notices

The oil industry has constantly touted the Keystone XL Pipeline from Canada as a glorious project to increase petroleum supplies for U.S. consumers and provide thousands of jobs for the unemployed, but a new study reveals that the construction of the pipeline would actually cost U.S. consumers dearly at the gas pumps. The White House […]

July 30th

What to expect – and not expect – from Obama’s climate push

By Meteor Blades Environmental advocates are eagerly awaiting—with both hope and trepidation—President Barack Obama’s speech on climate change scheduled for Tuesday at George Washington University. Expectations based on hints from the administration, including the president himself, are that he will make announcements regarding limits on carbon emissions from electricity-generating plants, expanded renewable energy operations on federal land, […]

June 24th

EPA – Get real, tar sands oil is DIFFERENT

The EPA is now calling on tar sands pipelines – like the Keystone XL – to be treated differently from regular oil pipelines, according to this NPR report. That’s just recognizing reality. Tar sands oil – technically diluted bitumen, or dilbit – IS different from regular oil. Bitumen is heavy, dense, and sticky. In order […]

June 19th

Keystone XL – EPA trashes State Dept’s whitewash job

You blew it – go back and do it right. That’s what the EPA told the State Department. State was supposed to have put together a serious environmental impact statement for the Keystone XL pipeline; instead it slapped together a botched job that painted a rosy low-impact scenario… that failed to take into account the […]

April 24th

Exxon spills tar sands oil, then lies about it

By Anthony Swift As the American public becomes acquainted with images of tar sands flowing across lawns, driveways and streets of an Arkansas suburb near Little Rock (for video of the spill go here), Exxon is now making the claim that the crude spilled from its ruptured Pegasus pipeline isn’t technically tar sands. This attempt is reminiscent […]

April 2nd

Forward on Climate – a report from the ground, with pics!

Frigid wind gusts didn’t keep rally participants from converging around the National Monument yesterday to join environmental activist Bill McKibben in a united effort to call on the President of the United States to take action and address the urgent need for immediate action on climate change. At a mass of an estimated 20 to 50,000, the […]

February 18th