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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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Keystone XL Pipeline Could Cost $100 Billion Per Year in Health and Environmental Damages

EPA Asks State Department for Total Cost to Society of KXL, Oil Change International Spells it Out

By: Oil Change International | Press Release:

WASHINGTON – May 7 – Oil Change International today uncovered that the full cost of the Keystone XL Pipeline to society could be upwards of $100 Billion per year in damages to health, property, ecosystems, and the climate. The new study was released after the EPA requested the State Department provide a more detailed review of the actual cost of the pipeline to society as a part of their SEIS.

See the study from Oil Change International: http://bit.ly/KXLCost

More than one million people submitted comments opposing the pipeline during the public comment period for the pipeline in addition to the EPA.

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Public comments prove Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is all risk, no reward

By: 350.org | Press Release:

Keystone XL MapWASHINGTON – April 23, 2013 – Opponents of Keystone XL have submitted more than one million comments urging President Obama, Secretary Kerry and the State Department following the publication of the latest deficient environmental review urging that the dirty and dangerous Keystone XL tar sands pipeline be rejected. Across the diverse pipeline opponents who spoke in Nebraska and the one million people who provided comments, there is a common message: Keystone XL is all risk and no reward.

The one million comments were collected from more than 20 organizations, including: 350.org, Alliance for Climate Education, Avaaz, Bold Nebraska, CCAN, Center for Effective Government, Credo, Environmental Action, Friends of the Earth, FWW, Greenpeace, League of Conservation Voters, League of Women Voters, MoveOn, NWF, Oil Change International, NRDC, RAN, Sierra Club, and SumofUs.org.

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New Progressive US Coalition Launches Keystone XL ‘All Risk, No Reward’ TV Ad

By: Obert Madondo The Canadian Progressive

A new national coalition against TransCanada’s Keystone XL tar sands pipeline launched in the U.S. on Monday with a cutting-edge TV ad. The All Risk, No Reward Coalition seeks to debunk Big Oil’s propaganda about jobs and related benefits. The coalition argues that “the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is all risk, and no reward”, and urges President Barack Obama to reject it.

As I’ve blogged before, Canada’s tar sands cannot enhance U.S. energy security. There will be a lot more costly pipeline ruptures and oil spills if Keystone XL is allowed to proceed. The pipeline – and  Alberta tar sands – would nuke America’s new energy economy. In fact, the Keystone pipeline would create no more than 35 permanent jobs.

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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

TransCanada Pipeline Whistleblower Receives 2013 Golden Whistle Blower Award

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive | Mar 19, 2013:

'Someone is going to die,' says engineer Evan Vokes, worried that shoddy welds and inspections will lead to a lethal explosion like one in Mississippi, shown here, which claimed a worker's life.

‘Someone is going to die,’ says engineer Evan Vokes, worried that shoddy welds and inspections will lead to a lethal explosion like one in Mississippi, shown here, which claimed a worker’s life.

A former TransCanada Corporation employee who blew the whistle on the rising pipeline incidents and rule-breaking by Big Oil has been chosen as the recipient of the 2013 Golden Whistle Blower Award. Evan Vokes, a former professional materials engineer at TransCanada Pipelines (TCPL), received the award in Ottawa on Monday.

The award, sponsored by Canadians for Accountability and presented by the Ottawa-based Peace Order and Good Government (POGG), is presented annually to “an individual who has done a service to Canada in the pursuit of truth in government.”

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New York Times urges Obama to reject Keystone XL pipeline

President Obama with Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada. February 19, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama with Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada. February 19, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

US President Barack Obama should reject TransCanada Corp’s Keystone XL dirty tar sands pipeline, The New York Times boldly declared in an editorial published last week. Reminding us that Obama pledged that “if Congress won’t act soon to protect future generations, I will”, the influential newspaper declared that it’s time for the president to say no to the pipeline.

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