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In victory for anti-tarsands activists, TransCanada scraps Energy East Pipeline

TransCanada, the “energy transfer company” responsible for getting the incredibly dirty diluted bitumen oil from the tar sands in western Canada, and also potentially Bakken crude, to refineries in Quebec City and St. Johns, New Brunswick, has notified the Canadian government that it is cancelling its proposed Energy East pipeline project, citing slowing growth in […]

October 6th

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

Obama may reject Keystone XL pipeline after all

By Meteor Blades Sen. Mary Landrieu’s effort to squeak by in the Louisiana run-off election that every prognosticator of note says she will lose, failed in a squeaker of its own Tuesday. She could only get 13 of her fellow Democrats to join her and all 45 Republican senators in trying, once again, to make an […]

November 20th

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

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

How to fry a planet – spend way more on fossil fuel than renewables

The good news – investment in renewable energy is up. The bad news – we’re still spending WAY more money on old-fashioned, dirty, carbon-heavy, climate-killing fossil fuels. In his article at TomDispatch, How to Fry a Planet, professor Michael T. Klare points out, According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), an inter-governmental research organization based in Paris, […]

August 9th

Action! Locals blockade Utah tar sands strip mine

Dozens of individuals peacefully disrupted road construction and stopped operations today at the site of a proposed tar sands mine in the Bookcliffs range of southeastern Utah. Earlier this morning, Utah residents joined members of indigenous tribes from the Four Corners region and allies from across the country for a water ceremony inside the mine […]

July 29th

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