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ANR Pipeline: Introducing TransCanada's Keystone XL for Fracking

Steve Horn | Posted 04.07.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog When most environmentalists and folks who follow pipeline markets think of TransCanada, they think of the proposed north...

BP Lake Michigan Oil Spill: Did Tar Sands Spill Into the Great Lake?

Steve Horn | Posted 03.28.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

With a drinking water source for seven million people at stake, this "tar sands name game" is one with high stakes indeed.

BP Doubles Initial Size Estimate of Lake Michigan Oil Spill

Steve Horn | Posted 03.28.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Three days after spilling crude oil into Lake Michigan, BP has doubled its spill estimate to between 470 and 1228 gallons. The leak happened at its refinery in Whiting, Ind. Although some of the oil has been cleaned up, it's unclear how much is left in the lake, a drinking water source for about seven million Chicagoans.

Kate Sheppard

'I Don't Think We Have To Fear The Canadian Mounties Coming And Circling'

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing Thursday to consider whether approval of Keystone XL, the proposed 1,660-mile pipe...

Gen. Jim Jones Didn't Disclose Industry Ties Before Testimony at Keystone XL Hearing

Steve Horn | Posted 03.13.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

The irony of it all: Jones may have drawn more attention to his testimony by not disclosing his ties than he would have by being transparent about them up-front, as required by the House.

Kate Sheppard

Another Firm That Evaluated Keystone Pipeline Had Ties To TransCanada

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The contractor that evaluated greenhouse gas emissions for the State Department's Keystone XL report is the latest company to come under...

Why an Accidental Leak Should Send Shivers Up Big Oil's Spine

Jeffrey Rubin | Posted 02.18.2014 | Business
Jeffrey Rubin

Whether CNRL's problems at Primrose are specific to that site or will become a more generic issue for the industry remains to be seen. But with 80 percent of the massive expansion planned for the oil sands coming from in situ production, it's a question that investors in oil sands stocks will soon want answered.

Keystone XL's Northern Leg: A Fracked Oil Pipeline Along with Tar Sands

Steve Horn | Posted 04.08.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Many doubt that rail could ever replace pipeline as a viable marketing mechanism for Alberta's tar sands. But few could argue the fact that rail reigns supreme for bringing Bakken fracked oil to market.

Former Interior Secretary: Build The Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

AP | MATTHEW DALY | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says he believes the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada should be built. Salazar said at ...

State Dept's Keystone XL Contractor, ERM Group, Also OK'd Controversial Pebble Mine in Alaska

Steve Horn | Posted 03.25.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

One thing is clear as Secretary of State John Kerry and President Barack Obama head into decision-making time on Keystone XL's northern half: ERM has always been able to turn a blind eye to serious environmental impacts.

Keystone XL Fork in the Road: TransCanada's Houston Lateral Pipeline

Steve Horn | Posted 02.19.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

there's a fork in this controversial pipeline system that has largely flown under the radar: TransCanada's Houston Lateral Pipeline, which serves as a literal fork in the road of the southern half of Keystone XL's route to Gulf Coast refineries.

Major Canadian Pipeline Report To Be Released

AP | ROB GILLIES | Posted 02.17.2014 | Green

TORONTO (AP) — A panel reviewing a proposed pipeline to the Pacific Coast that would allow Canada's oil to be shipped to Asia will on Thursday deliv...

Tar Sands' Next Frontier: Shipments on the Great Lakes

Steve Horn | Posted 02.02.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

The Great Lakes, drinking water source for over 40 million North Americans, could be the next target on tar sands marketers' bullseye according to a major new report out by the Chicago-based Alliance for the Great Lakes.

Jared Gilmour

Investors Might Want To Think Twice About The Promise Of Keystone XL

HuffingtonPost.com | Jared Gilmour | Posted 11.25.2013 | Green

The Keystone XL pipeline could encourage risky investments in the Alberta oil sands, according to a report released Monday by a climate change think t...

US Court Denies Halt on Pipeline Set to Replace Keystone XL Northern Half

Steve Horn | Posted 01.24.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

That 600-mile long, 600,000 barrels per day proposed line runs from Flanagan, Illinois - located in the north central part of the state -- down to Cushing, Oklahoma, dubbed the "pipeline crossroads of the world."

Public Citizen: Dents, Holes in Keystone XL Southern Half Weeks Before Planned Startup

Steve Horn | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Public Citizen has released a chilling report revealing that the 485-mile KXL southern line is plagued by dents, faulty welding, exterior damage that was patched up poorly and misshapen bends, among other troubling anomalies.

MSNBC 'Leans Forward' Into Running 'Native Ads' Promoting Fracking

Steve Horn | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

MSNBC is far from a lonely native advertising bystander, joined in the hustle by the likes of The Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, The New York Times, the AP and others. A case in point: On Sept. 10, HuffPost Green ran a native ad article titled "8 Cities Embracing Natural Gas," sponsored by ANGA.

Canadian Pipeline Incidents Have Doubled In The Past Decade

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green

Oct 28 (Reuters) - The rate of safety-related incidents on federally regulated pipelines in Canada doubled over the last decade, while the rate of r...

Kate Sheppard

'No Reason' To Believe Keystone XL Environmental Report In State Department Documents

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 10.25.2013 | Green

WASHINGTON -– State Department documents released to an environmental group are raising new questions about the hiring of a government contractor to...

U.S. Court: Transcanada's Keystone XL Profits More Important Than Environment

Steve Horn | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

After protestors succeeded initially in delaying Keystone XL, Big Oil has chosen a "new normal" stealth approval method: the non-transparent NWP 12.

Obama's Former Communications Director Anita Dunn Pitches 'Ethical Oil' Keystone XL Ad

Steve Horn | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Now, the "ethical oil" campaign has a new backer: Anita Dunn, former White House Communications Director for President Barack Obama and current Principal of SKDKnickerbocker, a public relations firm with offices in Washington, D.C.; New York City and Albany.

Illustrating How the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline Fails President's Climate Test

Anthony Swift | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Anthony Swift

These facts make it clear: Keystone XL fails the president's climate test. It significantly exacerbates the problem of carbon pollution. It is not in the national interest, and its Presidential Permit should be denied.

Kate Sheppard

Top U.S. Trade Official Pushes Back Against EU Carbon Plan

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 09.26.2013 | Politics

Building the Keystone XL pipeline is only part of the equation. Once the Canadian tar sands are pumped and piped to refineries on the Gulf Coast, the ...

Why An Oil Company Is Being Forced To Drain A Lake

Reuters | Posted 11.25.2013 | Green

CALGARY, Alberta, Sept 24 (Reuters) - Canadian Natural Resources Ltd has been ordered to drain a lake on the site of its northern Alberta oil sands ...

Hundreds of Events "Draw the Line" Against Keystone XL & Tar Sands

Jamie Henn | Posted 11.21.2013 | Green
Jamie Henn

At over 200 events today -- from Alaska to Nebraska -- people are "Drawing the Line" against the Keystone XL pipeline, tar sands and other dirty energy projects. The day's events are being coordinated by the climate campaign 350.org with help from scores of partners.