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Despite Bakken Crude Train Derailments, Details About Oil Shipments Hard to Come By – May 27, 2014

Railway companies seem reluctant to share basic information towns and cities need to prepare for emergencies

On April 30, a train carrying oil from North Dakota’s Bakken formation derailed in Lynchburg, Virginia releasing close to 30,000 gallons of highly flammable crude into the James River. It was the latest accident in a string of derailments and collisions involving trains carrying Bakken crude, including last July’s fiery explosion in the eastern Quebec town of Lac-Megantic, which killed 47 people and destroyed more than 40 buildings.

Details about Casselton, ND, derailment Two weeks before the Lynchburg derailment, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management provided a power point presentation on oil by rail transport to the city’s local emergency planning commission. It included… more

by: Adam Federman

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TransCanada Cultivates Close Relationship with Nebraska Law Enforcement – April 25, 2014

Despite lack of criminal activity, Keystone XL company urges law enforcement to keep close tabs on opponents

Since August 2011, the Nebraska Information Analysis Center (NIAC) – one of more than 70 Department of Homeland Security “fusion centers” – and TransCanada Corporation, the company behind the Keystone XL Pipeline, have shared information about anti-pipeline protesters, Nebraska landowners, and opposition to the project more broadly, according to documents obtained by Earth Island Journal.

scan of a document, holiday card depicting a snowman made of sand Christmas card email from TransCanada to Nebraska Fusion Center

The emails, which are primarily from TransCanada to the NIAC and Nebraska State Patrol, catalogue everything from “incidents” and “aggressive behavior” among landowners to peaceful protests and… more

by: Adam Federman

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FBI Held 2012 Strategy Meeting with TransCanada, Industry Partners – March 13, 2014

Agency officials refuse to discuss “politicized and controversial” issue

On April 4, 2012 the FBI held a daylong “strategy meeting” with TransCanada Corporation, the company building the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, according to documents obtained by Earth Island Journal through a Freedom of Information Act request. The meeting, which took place in the agency’s Oklahoma City Field Office, came just three weeks after President Barack Obama visited the state vowing to cut through bureaucratic red tape and approve the southern portion of the pipeline. In a speech at a TransCanada pipe yard in Cushing, Oklahoma on March 22 Obama said: “Today, we’re making this new pipeline from Cushing to the Gulf a priority. So the southern leg of it we're… more

by: Adam Federman

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American Petroleum Institute Kept Tabs on Enviros – February 11, 2014

More from the Stratfor Files

In 2010 the American Petroleum Institute (API) paid the global intelligence firm Stratfor more than $13,000 a month for weekly intelligence bulletins profiling activist organizations and their campaigns on everything from energy and climate change to tax policy and human rights, according to documents published by WikiLeaks in 2012.

Greepeace protest banner in FinlandPhoto by Greenpeace FinlandThe weekly reports provided details on a wide range of environmental organizations including Greenpeace, NRDC, and the Union of Concerned Scientists. API was interested in anticipating which groups might be out to “attack” them.

API’s tracking of environmental organizations comes as the oil and gas industry… more

by: Adam Federman

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The Fracking Files: Stratfor Provided Energy Industry with Intel on ProPublica, Environmental Groups – December 10, 2013

Industry’s 2009 fears of a muscular fracking opposition have come to pass

Long before the first anti-fracking bans were passed in North America, the oil and gas industry was taking stock of its adversaries through profiles and briefings produced by Stratfor, the Austin-based global intelligence company. The company is known for its investigations into activist groups on behalf of some of the world’s largest corporations and government agencies. The documents – part of a massive cache of emails, reports, and communiques published by Wikileaks beginning in early 2012 – reveal an industry concerned about an impending grassroots backlash to the fracking boom. In hindsight, it appears the industry was right to be worried: Today, opposition to oil and gas fracking is… more

by: Adam Federman

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