somecanuckchick dot com: 3 oil spills in the span of 1 month…

Remember when Alberta Premier Alison Redford said, “It is unfortunate when these events happen. We are fortunate in this province that they don’t happen very often, and we can have some confidence that when they do happen, we have plans in place to deal with them.”? They don’t happen very often, eh? 3 oil spills ...

DeSmogBlog: Valero Positioning To Export Tar Sands Oil, Guarding Pot of Gold at End of Keystone XL Pipeline

Valero Logo.gif In the heated Keystone XL debate, the Canadian company TransCanada, which is attempting to build the line, and the Koch brothers, who are throwing their considerable weight behind it in the interest of their Koch Industries’ subsidiaries, receive a lot of attention.   But there are other benefactors that are worth a closer ...

DeSmogBlog: Harry Reid to Hillary Clinton: Drop Keystone XL Pipeline Plan

NV_HarryReid.jpg Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline have gained a new ally in the fight to prevent this disastrous oil boondoggle from moving forward: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–NV). Earlier this month, Sen. Reid sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urging her to abandon the pipeline and instead focus on renewable ...

DeSmogBlog: EnergyNOW! Tackles Keystone XL, And Talks To Me About Pipelines

energyNOW!.jpg On Sunday, energyNOW! news tackled the Keystone XL debate in a wide-ranging half hour program that covered the controversial pipeline in typically comprehensive fashion. An overview intro segment looks at the "impact on America," from the alleged reduction of imports of OPEC crude to potential for pollution. Reporter Thalia Assuras' trip to Nebraska to talk ...

DeSmogBlog: America’s Woefully Inadequate Oversight of Pipeline Safety: A New York Times Stunner

Last week, the New York Times published a bombshell of an expose about the government's woefully inadequate program to monitor and ensure the security and safety of American energy pipelines. I’ve spent a lot of time lately investigating the state of North American energy pipelines, and this is by far the best overview I’ve seen ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: New Infographic Shows how Keystone Pipelines are ‘Built to Spill’

r-KEYSTONE1-mediumvariable.jpg TransCanada claims their pipelines are the safest in the continent. And the State Department seems inclined to agree having released their Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the Keystone XL pipeline last week. They find that the pipeline poses “no significant impacts” to the environment, and advise the project move forward. So what about the 12 spills ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: The Many Problems With Tar Sands Pipelines

Section of pipe from Kalamazoo spill c National Transportation Safety Board.jpg Note: This post is part of an ongoing series about North American pipelines. For an introduction and links to the wide-ranging coverage–from safety to legal issues to the business and economics to vulnerabilities–see this regularly-updated intro post. On Monday, the House passed a bill ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Tar Sands Industry Has Its Eyes On Vancouver For Asian Export Terminal

saudi-oil-supertanker.jpeg In recent months, opposition to Enbrige’s Northern Gateway Pipeline has mounted as citizens, environmental groups and First Nations groups have protested the $5.5 billion dollar pipeline that would bring as many as 220 supertankers per year to Kitimat, B.C., to ship dirty tar sands crude to hungry energy markets in Asia. While opposition to this project has ...