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Despite Bakken Crude Train Derailments, Details About Oil Shipments Hard to Come By

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…
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by: Adam Federman – May 27, 2014

Hazardous Cargo: Shipping Highly Flammable Bakken Crude Oil by Rail

Oil trains are crisscrossing the US and Canada with volatile cargo, yet many communities are unrepared for an accident.

When residents in the Quebec town of Lac-Mégantic describe the scene after an oil-train derailed and then exploded there last July, they say the burning petroleum was like a wall of fire, or a river of fire. The blaze, which burned for 36 hours, sent flames and smoke hundreds of feet into the air. At one point, the fire was pulling in so much oxygen that nearby trees were whipping about as…
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by: Adam Federman – Summer 2014

TransCanada Cultivates Close Relationship with Nebraska Law Enforcement

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…
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by: Adam Federman – April 25, 2014

FBI Held 2012 Strategy Meeting with TransCanada, Industry Partners

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…
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by: Adam Federman – March 13, 2014

American Petroleum Institute Kept Tabs on Enviros

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…
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by: Adam Federman – February 11, 2014

The Fracking Files: Stratfor Provided Energy Industry with Intel on ProPublica, Environmental Groups

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…
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by: Adam Federman – December 10, 2013

Friend or Frenemy?

Undercover: The True Story of Britain’s Secret Police
By Rob Evans And Paul Lewis
Faber and Faber, 2013, 352 pages

It would have been a monumental act of civil disobedience, on a scale never before seen in the United Kingdom. The almost-event would have occurred in 2008, just as climate change activists were turning to more radical forms of protest. This particular action was designed to capture the world’s attention: The plan involved more than 100 activists whose goal was to shutdown the Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station, one of Britain’s largest emitters of…
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by: Adam Federman – Winter 2014

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