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Will Tar Sands Oil Soon Be on the Way to Europe? – February 6, 2014

The US government has authorized limited re-exports of foreign crude to Europe for the first time in years

As political pressure mounts in the US to lift the country’s decades-old crude oil export ban, Reuters reported yesterday that the US government has recently authorized limited re-exports of foreign crude to Europe for the first time in years.

Tar Sands mine, AlbertaPhoto by Dru Oja Jay, DominionA study, published on Monday says emissions of certain hazardous air pollutants from the tar sands have been greatly underestimated.

According to data the news agency obtained via Freedom of Information requests, the Department of Commerce granted two licenses to export crude to the UK last year and another two to Italy.

The revelations immediately… more

by: Andy Rowell

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Colorado Floods ‘Completely Overwhelm’ Oil Inspectors – September 25, 2013

When the devastating floods affected Colorado earlier this month, critics of the fracking industry were quick to point out that the number of inspectors was totally inadequate for the task of inspecting the damaged wells.

They highlighted how Colorado only has 17 full time oil and gas inspectors, for a state that has some 50,000 oil and gas wells.

photo of a flood-damaged containment tank, tilted, with a sign reading, produced waterAll photos ©2013 Shane Davis FractivistProduced Water
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As the floodwaters recede, these inspectors have so far only reached a third of… more

by: Andy Rowell

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Exxon’s Paper Towel Clean Up – April 10, 2013

It seems that company has been dumping oil from its Mayflower spill in a wetlands area after all

When news emerged last week that Exxon had surprisingly secured a no-fly zone over the area surrounding its 150,000 gallon spill in Mayflower in Arkansas, most people thought that here was Big Oil up to its tricks again trying to deliberately stop the public and press from seeing the extent of the destruction from the spill.

oil in wetlandsPhoto courtesy Tar Sands Blockade
NOTE: Timestamp incorrect, added automatically by camera. This photo was taken just before sunset on Saturday, April 6, 2013. More images  here.

So activists from Keystone XL Blockade decided they should go and investigate.  They heard rumours that Exxon was… more

by: Andy Rowell

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Ecuador Offers Chinese Oil Companies 3 Million Hectares of the Amazon – March 27, 2013

Offer made the same day Peru declared a state of emergency in its part of the rainforest

If we are serious about weaning ourselves off our addiction to fossil fuels, then the most obvious place to start is where its ecological and cultural impact is greatest: the Arctic, the tar sands, and the Amazon.

The battle for oil in the Amazon has often been overlooked recently due to the fight to keep oil companies out of the Arctic. But the threat remains and is set to get much worse.

Amazon Rainforest Photo by Caroline Bennett / Rainforest Action NetworkSeven Indigenous groups from the region have denounced Ecuador's planned drilling lease auction
saying it would devastate their home and cultural… more

by: Andy Rowell

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Obama Continues to “Drill Baby Drill” – November 28, 2012

The US plans to open up 20 million acres in the Gulf for drilling, yet talks big at the Doha climate summit

On Monday at the UN climate talks in Doha, the US claimed credit for “enormous” efforts on climate change.

Jonathan Pershing, a senior negotiator for the US, said: “Those who don’t know what the US is doing may not be informed of the scale and extent of the effort, but it’s enormous.”

Whether the US has taken enormous steps on climate change is open to debate. What we do know is that we have a newly re-elected President who in his acceptance speech said: “We want our children to live in a world without the destructive power of a warming planet”.

photo of ocean drilling platformsPhoto… more

by: Andy Rowell

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