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The Energy East Pipeline is Dead, but Three Tar Sands Pipeline Projects Remain – October 11, 2017

Anti-pipeline activists celebrate victory, caution against complacence

Last week, energy company TransCanada pulled the plug on its 2,800-mile Energy East Pipeline and Eastern Mainline projects, which would have shipped 1.1 million barrels of crude oil from the Athabasca tar sands to refineries in Eastern Canada. The move was celebrated as a victory by environmentalists and Indigenous people pushing for a transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy.

arial view of Athabasca Tar SandsPhoto by Dru Oja Jay, DominionIf built, the three other massive pipeline projects —TransCanada’s Keystone XL, Enbridge’s Line 3 replacement project Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project — would transport millions of barrels of oil… more

by: Ron Johnson

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Advocates Plan Solar Installations Along Keystone XL Route – July 11, 2017

Environmental groups hope to block pipeline’s path, promote renewable energy as Nebraska ponders pipeline approval

When President Donald Trump signed off on a presidential permit okaying the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline in March, it was a real blow to an environmental movement that had tasted victory over the dirty tar sands clunker back in 2015 when President Obama withdrew the permit for the project. With Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau united in their support of the pipeline, it seemed little could stand in the way of some 830,000 barrels of dirty tar sands fuel barreling down a 36-inch crude oil pipe from Hardisty, Alberta through Montana, South Dakota, and Nebraska to export terminals in the Gulf of Mexico. The pipeline seemed… more

by: Ron Johnson

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Battle Lines Being Drawn Over Keystone XL Again – March 29, 2017

Pending Nebraska permit could prove a deal-breaker; Environmentalists and Indigenous groups promise direct action, legal resistance

On March 23, ironically almost 27 years to the day following the historic Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska, Donald Trump issued a presidential permit to Canadian company TransCanada for its controversial Keystone XL pipeline, formally restarting a fight over the pipeline that first kicked off when it was first proposed in 2008.

photo of XKL protestPhoto by Jow Brusky Activists are gearing up for a renewed fight against the controvesial Keystone XL pipeline now that President Trump has issued a permit to Transcanada for the project.

Those… more

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Trudeau’s Approval of Kinder Morgan, Line 3 Pipelines Is a Failure in Climate Leadership – December 1, 2016

Environmentalists, First Nations gear up for long fight against tar sands oil pipelines

“Canada is back my friends. We are here to help.”

When Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau made this statement last year, he was newly elected and addressing the UN's 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris. Canada’s renewed focus on battling climate change was a big deal. But, if approving two massive new pipeline projects that will send the Alberta tar sands crude around the world is his idea of helping in the fight against climate change, many are wondering what Trudeau might do in a less environmentally generous frame of mind.

Protest against Kinder Morgan pipelinePhoto courtesy of SumOfUsCanadian environmental groups are already… more

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TransCanada Complains to NAFTA, Sues US for $15 bn Over Keystone XL Rejection – June 30, 2016

Environmentalists respond by criticizing closed-door trade deals that favor corporations

The other shoe has finally dropped regarding the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project, and it’s a big one. TransCanada is suing the United States for $15 billion for rejecting the pipeline project that would have carried crude oil from Canada’s Alberta tar stands to refineries on the Gulf Coast.

Photo of Keystone PipelinePhoto by Shannon RamosA Keystone Pipeline pumping station. TransCanada is suing the United States for rejecting the KXL pipeline project.

Last week, the Canadian company filed an arbitration claim under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) over President Obama’s rejection of the pipeline, making good on its January threat… more

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