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Canadian Rocker Neil Young Blasts Stephen Harper, Alberta Tar Sands

Canadian rock legend Neil Young has blasted the Harper government for “trading integrity” in its single-minded appetite for Alberta tar sands dollars.

via Canadian Rocker Neil Young Blasts Stephen Harper, Alberta Tar Sands.

Keystone XL Pipeline Lobbyists Have Deep Ties to White House

By: Pratap Chatterjee

Keystone Pipeline Handout

Keystone Pipeline Handout

TransCanada and the provincial government of Alberta are paying former advisors to the Obama administration – as well as former staff of the Hillary Clinton and John Kerry presidential campaigns – to help them lobby for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline to transport tar sands fuel to the U.S.

The pipeline from Alberta – which is to be built by TransCanada – has been delayed for over four years pending approval from the U.S. State Department which has final say because it crosses the international border. President Barack Obama is expected to announce a decision this fall in consultation with John Kerry, who took over the State Department earlier this year from Hilary Clinton.

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Canada’s “Sewer Salesman” Joe Oliver Heads to Europe

Source: Oil Change International

Joe Oliver, Canada's Conservative Natural Resources Minister. (Rocco Rossi/Wikipedia)

Joe Oliver, Canada’s Conservative Natural Resources Minister. (Rocco Rossi/Wikipedia)

One of Canada’s most senior politicians is back in Europe on yet another lobby tour to try and bully politicians there to ditch their landmark climate legislation as it discriminates against the dirty tar sands.

Joe Oliver, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, will tour Paris, Brussels and London this week.

A key focus of his tour will be the EU’s flagship Fuel Quality Directive (FQD), which the Canadians  have been trying to derail for several years now, using a mix of lobbying, bullying, and open trade threats.

The Canadians have forced the FQD to be delayed time and again, and if the legislation gets delayed beyond the end of this year, it may be abandoned all together. It is no surprise that when in Brussels, Oliver will meet with senior officials from the European Commission as well at bosses from oil giants Shell and Total, which have interests in the tar sands.

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Undiluted test samples of Suncor waste-water lethal to fish: Alberta

Source: Globe and Mail

Suncor Energy Inc.The toxic water spilled by Suncor Energy Inc. into the Athabasca River would have killed aquatic life if it had been undiluted, according to the Alberta government.

The province on Friday provided a glimpse into its investigation of the March 25 spill, saying the samples of the company’s undiluted industrial waste-water were lethal to fingerling rainbow trout. These water samples, however, are not comparable to the fluid that poured into the river because they do not account for dilution. Alberta is still investigating whether diluted samples are harmful.

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Exxon’s tar sands oil spill shows risks of Enbridge’s Line 9 project for Ontario and Quebec

By: Obert Madondo The Canadian Progressive

Ruptured Enbridge Pipeline from Kalamazoo Spill Credit NTSBLast Friday’s ExxonMobil Pegasus pipeline disaster in Mayflower, Arkansas, should warn Canadians against Enbridge’s proposed Line 9 project, says Environmental Defence. The Pegasus pipeline raptured and spilled more than 318,000 litres of tar sands oil into a local neighborhood and near a lake. Local residents had to be evacuated.

Environmental Defence, a non-partisan environmental charity, says Line 9 poses serious risks to drinking water and the environment in neighborhoods, cities and farms in Ontario and Quebec.

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Fossil fuel divestment necessary to avoid “carbon bubble”, says study

By: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives | Press Release:

CCPA CanadasCarbonLiabilitiesOTTAWA – Canada’s economy is experiencing a “carbon bubble” that could have significant consequences for Canada’s financial markets and pension funds, according to a new study released March 26 by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

Between two-thirds and four-fifths of known fossil fuel reserves have been deemed to be “unburnable carbon” that cannot safely be combusted without leading to catastrophic climate change.

“Business-as-usual for the fossil fuel industry is incompatible with the need to keep the global temperature increase to 2°C or less,” says CCPA Senior Economist Marc Lee. “The recent experience of high-tech and housing bubbles should serve as a stern warning to investors and policy makers.”

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Keystone XL pipeline maker TransCanada has broken rules, says National Energy Board

Source: Financial Post

CALGARY — The National Energy Board says it’s concerned Calgary-based pipeline giant TransCanada Corp. has broken the regulator’s rules, as well as its own.

A then-employee of TransCanada approached the board in May with concerns of “regulatory non-compliance,” the NEB says in a letter posted on its website.

The letter was addressed to Dan King, vice president of engineering and asset reliability, and copied to CEO Russ Girling and Don Wishart, executive vice president of operations and major projects.

In it, the board did not specify which rules were broken or which pipeline or project was involved.

Read more: http://business.financialpost.com/2012/10/12/keystone-pipeline-maker-transcanada-has-broken-rules-says-energy-watchdog/?__lsa=7dee-7493