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The Canadian Progressive: Oklahoma Grandmother Locks Herself to Keystone XL Heavy Machinery

In response to Exxon Mobil’s disastrous tar sands spill in neighboring Arkansas, Oklahoma residents are engaging in nonviolent civil disobedience to halt construction of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline By: Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance | Press Release: ALLEN, OK – April 9, 2013 – Oklahoma grandmother Nancy Zorn, 79, from [...]

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The Canadian Progressive: TransCanada Pipelines Whistleblower Receives National Award

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive A former TransCanada Corporation employee who blew the whistle on the rising pipeline incidents and rule-breaking by Big Oil has been chosen as the recipient of the 2013 Golden Whistle Blower Award. Evan Vokes, a former professional materials engineer at TransCanada Pipelines (TCPL), received the award in Ottawa on Monday. [...]

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Canadian Progressive: Harper Conservatives and Big Oil turning Canada into a “petro-state”

by The Polaris Institute | December 4, 2012:

A new report entitled “Big Oil’s Oily Grasp – The making of Canada as a Petro-State and how oil money is corrupting Canadian politics” released today by the Ottawa-based Polaris Institute found that six main oil industry players, including Enbridge and TransCanada, met with federal cabinet ministers 53 times between September 2011 and September 2012, the period when the business-friendly Bill C-38 – which guts environmental legislation – was being designed.

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DeSmogBlog: B.C. Protest This Saturday to Stop Warren Buffett’s BNSF Coal Trains

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Warren Buffett, the third wealthiest man on the planet (net worth: $44 billion), often referred to as the "Oracle of Omaha," is the target of a May 5 action called for by Stop Coal B.C. Well, not Buffett directly, but a rail company he owns through his massive holding company, Berkshire Hathaway: Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway.

BNSF Railway is the second largest freight rail company in the United States and the exclusive carrier of thermal coal from coal basins in the northwestern U.S. to docks in British Columbia,

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DeSmogBlog: New Bakken Shale Pipeline to Cushing, OK in the Works

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The controversy over TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline has raged on for years now, with no end in sight. 

The Keystone XL pipeline would carry tar sands crude from the tar sands epicenter of the world in Alberta, Canada, take it down to Cushing, OK, and then eventually down to Port Arthur, TX, where it will be refined and placed on the lucrative oil export market.

While Republicans continue to try to make Keystone XL a campaign issue, President Obama has officially put the fate of the pipeline on the backburner until after the November

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DeSmogBlog: Investors: No More Flaring of Fracked Oil and Gas in Bakken Shale

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The debate over flaring unconventional oil and gas in shale basins across the United States has suddenly heated up immensely (excuse the bad pun). 

On March 27, the Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economy (CERES) penned a letter calling for an end to the practice, writing,

We are a group of 37 investors, representing $500 billion in total assets, who areconcerned about the financial risks associated with the flaring of natural gas that has accompanied fast-proliferating oil production from shale formations in North Dakota, Texas and elsewhere in the U.S.

We are concerned that excessive

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DeSmogBlog: Obama Sojourns to "Pipeline Crossroads of the World" for Campaign Speech

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It's the multi-pronged fight that never seems to end.

The Alberta Tar Sands have been near the forefront of the North American energy and climate debate, thanks in large part to growing public concern and grassroots efforts like Tar Sands Action, a campaign led by climate activists to block construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

The temporary derailing of Keystone XL by President Obama – who in January delayed permission to construct the pipeline for the foreseeable future - was labeled a "victory" by many activists. 

But complicating the "victory" narrative, Obama later granted permission to TransCanada Corporation

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DeSmogBlog: Congressmembers Implicated in Insider Stock Trading on TransCanada, Keystone XL Pipeline

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When it comes to TransCanada Corporation's Keystone XL pipeline approval process, corruption has been rampant, as well covered by DeSmogBlog as it unfolded. The Keystone XL pipeline, currently in limbo, would carry tar sands crude — a thick and dirty fossil fuel called bitumen — from the Alberta tar sands through the heartland region and eventually down to Port Arthur, Texas, to be refined and placed on the global export market.

This week, a new layer of corruption was revealed by Sunlight Foundation Reporting Group, this one involving insider trading of TransCanada's stocks by

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DeSmogBlog: Opposition to Keystone XL Pipeline Heating Up

Tar%20Sands%20by%20Robert%20van%20Waarden.png The fight against the Keystone XL Pipeline is heating up, with many positive and important developments occuring this past week, excluding the disgra… . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Opposition to Keystone XL Pipeline Heating Up

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline Action Page

Tar Sands by Robert van Waarden.png Below is a compilation of fact sheets, information resources and action items from environmental groups, governments and other groups surrounding the Keystone … . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog – Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline Action Page

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Pipelines 101: An Introduction To North American Oil & Gas Pipeline Routes and Safety Concerns

NA-Pipeline-Map-Theodora.png Over the next couple of weeks, I’m going to be rolling out a whole lot of information about pipelines. Why? Because these metal tubes are truly the blood vessels of t… . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog – Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Pipelines 101: An Introduction To North American Oil & Gas Pipeline Routes and Safety Concerns

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Independent Panel Tells Alberta To Clean Up Tar Sands Impacts On Water

e711d3cd27039d8eaf7aa821c12f_grande.jpg The much anticipated findings [pdf] from the Alberta Environmental Monitoring Panel, appointed to make recommendations on how to fix Alberta’s failin… . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog – Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Independent Panel Tells Alberta To Clean Up Tar Sands Impacts On Water

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Breaking: TransCanada Keystone I Pipeline Shut Down Indefinitely Due to Safety Concerns

tar-sands-pipeline-state-dept-sued.jpg Following a string of oil spills, TransCanada’s Keystone I tar sands oil pipeline has been indefinitely shut down, and banned from restarting operations. To… . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog – Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Breaking: TransCanada Keystone I Pipeline Shut Down Indefinitely Due to Safety Concerns

Railroaded by Metrolinx: "It’s Not Fair, We Want Clean Air": Citizens for Clean Air Rally

Today at 2 p.m., I attended an extraordinary rally at Queen’s Park organized by the Citizens for Clean Air (C4CA). Thousands of people protested the proposed construction of a 900-megawatt natural gas power plant in Oakville, slated to be one of the largest in Ontario. They arrived en masse in 42 yellow school buses, with their mayors from Mississauga South, Oakville, and King Township leading the charge, to point out the flawed decision making process of TransCanada Corporation, and the Ontario Power Authority, which has permitted them to build this gigantic plant within 2 km of 5000 homes,

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