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State Department Keystone XL Contractor ERM Bribed Chinese Agency to Permit Project

Steve Horn | Posted 12.01.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

ERM Group, the consultancy selected by TransCanada to conduct the environmental review for Keystone XL's northern leg on behalf of the U.S. State Department, once bribed a Chinese official to ram through major pieces of an industrial development project. ERM was tasked to push through the project in Hangzhou Bay, located near Shanghai.

Tar Sands End Runs

Michael Brune | Posted 11.21.2014 | Green
Michael Brune

There's no good reason to support Canadian tar sands expansion, much less allow more dirty tar sands oil into our country. Even though everything about tar sands oil is destructive, dirty, and dangerous, oil companies (and their champions on the Hill) are determined to bring as much of it as they can across our border, even if it means bending, breaking, or changing the rules.

Gulf-Bound Tar Sands for Export? Probably. Follow the Oiltanking.

Steve Horn | Posted 12.01.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Bill sponsor U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and supporter U.S. Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) both stood on the Senate floor and said Keystone XL is not an export pipeline in the minutes leading up to the bill's failure.

'Green News Report' - November 18, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 11.18.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: US Senate floor fight fails to pass Keystone XL pipeline; Can Congress...

Kate Sheppard

Here's What Big Oil Has In The Pipes If Keystone Fails

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- TransCanada Corp., the company seeking to build the Keystone XL pipeline, has teamed up with the world's largest public relations firm...

Timothy Geithner's Warburg Pincus May Profit from Tar Sands Exports

Steve Horn | Posted 11.14.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Photo Credit: Wikimedia CommonsCross-Posted from DeSmogBlogSeveral environmental groups have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of ...

Why the Timing Isn't Right for TransCanada's Energy East Pipeline

Jeffrey Rubin | Posted 11.03.2014 | Business
Jeffrey Rubin

Energy East's timing is off on two fronts. First, U.S. oil production is now more than enough to supply eastern Canadian refineries. Second, lower global oil prices indicate that refineries in the rest of the world aren't exactly scrambling to secure expensive Alberta bitumen either.

Kate Sheppard

Keystone XL Oil Pipeline Owner Wins Climate Leadership Award

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 10.17.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON -– The company that wants to build the Keystone XL pipeline was recognized this week for leadership on climate change -– to the shock o...

Labor Day News Dump: FERC Hands Enbridge Permit for Tar Sands by Rail Facility

Steve Horn | Posted 11.01.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

On the Friday before Labor Day -- in the form of an age-old "Friday News Dump" -- the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) handed a permit to Enbridge, the tar sands-carrying corporate pipeline giant, to open a tar sands-by-rail facility in Flanagan, Ill. by early-2016.

State Dept. Overseers of Contentious Enbridge Tar Sands Pipeline Workaround Have Industry, Torture Ties

Steve Horn | Posted 10.27.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogThe Sierra Club, National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and other green groups recently revealed that pipeline giant Enbridge ...

Court: Key Environmental Law Doesn't Apply to Part of Enbridge Keystone XL "Clone"

Steve Horn | Posted 10.19.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

A U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has ruled that Enbridge's 600-mile-long Flanagan South Pipeline, a Keystone XL "clone," is legally cleared to proceed opening for business in October.

Investor Call: Enbridge's Keystone XL Clone Opens in October, Rail Facility to Follow

Steve Horn | Posted 10.16.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

In a recent quarter two call for investors, Enbridge Inc executives said the company's "Keystone XL" clone -- the combination of the Flanagan South and Seaway Twin pipelines -- will open for business by October.

Documents: Cheniere Fuels ALEC's New Push for Fracked Gas Exports

Steve Horn | Posted 09.30.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Today, legislative and lobbyist members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) voted on model legislation promoting both exports of gas obtained via hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") and vehicles powered by compressed natural gas (CNG).

As Keystone XL Dominoes Fall, Time to Arrest Tar Sands Industry

Tom Weis | Posted 07.31.2014 | Green
Tom Weis

As it becomes increasingly clear that Keystone XL's northern leg is not going through, it is time to set our sights on ending all tar sands exploitation.

Keystone XL Decision Won't Come Until After November Elections

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics

A final decision on the Keystone XL pipeline won't come until after the November elections, the Washington Post reported Wednesday. The Nebraska S...

Recent Federal Court Decision Could Muddy Waters for Keystone XL South, Flanagan South

Steve Horn | Posted 08.25.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

In the Delaware Riverkeeper v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) case, judges ruled that a continuous pipeline project cannot be segmented into multiple parts to avoid a comprehensive National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review. This is what Kinder Morgan proposed and did for its Northeast Upgrade Project.

Silent Coup: How Enbridge Is Quietly Cloning the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

Steve Horn | Posted 08.19.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogWhile the debate over the TransCanada Keystone XL tar sands pipeline has raged on for over half a deca...

Alaska Starting New Partnership With TransCanada

AP | BECKY BOHRER | Posted 08.18.2014 | Green

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Sean Parnell announced Tuesday that the state and TransCanada Corp. have formally ended their relationship under terms of...

Commander Behind Bin Laden Killing: FBI/DHS Wasting Time Tracking Environmentalists

Steve Horn | Posted 08.05.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogDave Cooper, Command Master Chief SEAL (Retired) for the Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU), has authored a ...

Honor the Earth: Love Water, Not Oil

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.29.2014 | Green
Georgianne Nienaber

Lots of oil and a shaky or non-existent infrastructure is cause for lots of worry in the North Country.

Possible Game Changer For The Keystone Pipeline Debate

Reuters | Posted 07.21.2014 | Green

(Adds quote from CEO, context) By Catherine Ngai May 21 (Reuters) - TransCanada Corp is in talks with customers about s...

For First Time, TransCanada Says Tar Sands Flowing to Gulf in Keystone XL South

Steve Horn | Posted 05.05.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogTransCanada admitted for the first time that tar sands oil is now flowing through Keystone XL's southern leg, now reb...

Gulf Stream: Williams Nixes Bluegrass LNG Export Pipeline, Announces New Export Line

Steve Horn | Posted 07.01.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog Right before the champagne bottles began popping for activists engaged in a grassroots struggle to halt the construc...

Kate Sheppard

From Bundy To The Keystone XL: Where's The Property Rights Outrage Here?

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -– Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy has become something of a folk hero among the anti-government, pro-property rights crowd, thanks to his re...

Earth Day Greenwash: API Front Group Iowa Energy Forum Sponsors Pro-Keystone XL Event

Steve Horn | Posted 06.22.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

The political carnival that is the prelude to the Iowa caucuses has started over a year and a half early. At the center of it this time around: a game of political hot potato over the northern leg of TransCanada's Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.