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  • • Canada's Climate Plan Puts Oil Sands in Jeopardy
    Hard Road Ahead For
    High-Polluting Oil Sands

    June 22, 2021 (REUTERS) -Canada has set ambitious targets for slashing emissions to fight climate change, but faces a stiff challenge: not only is its economy dependent on oil production, but the Canadian oil industry’s carbon emissions are among the world’s highest for every barrel of oil it pumps.

    The Canadian oil patch exemplifies the most vexing problem of the energy transition. In the long term, Canada needs to cut its dependence on the energy sector that accounts for 10% of its economy, as the world moves away from planet-warming fossil fuels. In the short term, Canada needs to clean up the process of extracting oil to comply with national emissions targets.

  • • Bad News for Frackers
    Another Terrible, Horrible,
    No Good, Very Bad Day

    Mar. 11, 2021 (SIERRA CLUB) -In late February, the fracked gas industry had yet another one of its increasingly frequent bad days. After years of advocacy from thousands of residents, Sierra Club organizers, and numerous partners, the governors of Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and Delaware unanimously voted to permanently ban fracking in the Delaware River Basin.

    Nearly half of the basin sits on top of the gas-rich Marcellus Shale, and industry was anticipating blasting up to 4,000 wells into its soil.

  • • Appalachia’s Fracking Boom's Local Economies Effect
    It Has Failed to Deliver on
    Promises of Jobs and Benefits

    Feb. 11, 2021 (The Daily Climate) -A study, published today by the Ohio River Valley Institute, a nonprofit think tank, revealed that while economic output in Appalachian fracking counties grew by 60% from 2008-2019, the counties' share of the nation's personal income, jobs, and population levels all declined.

    The analysis concluded that about 90% of the wealth created from shale gas extraction leaves local communities.

  • • Good Riddance to Alberta Oil Sands
    It's Emissions Are
    3x The Global CO2 Market

    Feb. 11, 2021 (CleanTechnica) -Alberta and its oil and gas sector are betting big on carbon capture, sequestration, and use to cut their carbon emissions. Too bad the emissions are more than the current global commodity market for CO2 today.

    Let’s start with that commodity market. Carbon dioxide is actually used for a bunch of things today. The global market for bulk CO2 is about 230 million tons a year, which sounds like a lot, except that it’s vastly smaller than the excess CO2 we emit annually and even smaller than the excess in the atmosphere.

  • • Keystone Pipeline Killed - What About Dakota Access?
    Tribes and Environmentalists Hail
    Decision to Cancel Keystone XL Pipeline
    But Call on President to Go Further

    Jan. 21, 2021 (The Guardian)- Indigenous leaders and environmentalists are urging Joe Biden to shutdown some of America’s most controversial fossil fuel pipelines, after welcoming his executive order cancelling the Keystone XL (KXL) project.

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  • The Dangers of the Canadian Tar Sands
    The World's Most Destructive
    Oil Operation—and It's Growing

    National Geographic, Apr. 11, 2019  -As the world's largest industrial project, the scale of Alberta’s tar sands operations is hard to grasp. Especially north of Fort McMurray, where the boreal forest has been razed and bitumen is mined from the ground in immense open pits, the blot on the landscape is incomparable.

    If Alberta, with its population of four million people, was a country it would be the fifth largest oil producing nation. While it produces conventional oil, most comes from the Alberta oil sands, the world’s third largest proven oil reserve at 170 billion barrels.

  • • Wild Rice or Tar - Our Choice, Or Is It?
    Controversial Enbridge Line
    3 Oil Pipeline Approved
    in Minnesota Wild Rice Region

    June 28, 2018 -The new pipeline, opposed by Native American tribes, would increase the flow of Canadian tar sands crude oil, a contributor to climate change.

    In a unanimous decision, state regulators in Minnesota approved a controversial new pipeline that will increase the flow of tar sands crude oil from Canada to refineries in the United States.

    The long-anticipated ruling is a victory for Canadian pipeline owner Enbridge and a significant blow to environmental and Native American advocates who opposed the pipeline through northern Minnesota in a region rich in wetlands and wild rice lakes.

  • • That’s Starting to Hurt the Industry
    Offshore Wind Finally
    Gets Blowing In the US

    Apr 13, 2018 -Protests by Canada’s First Nations and opposition from British Columbia have put another planned tar sands pipeline, Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain, in jeopardy.

    When they announced it was suspending work on a major Canadian project that has been delayed by protests and court challenges, it sparked talk of a crisis north of the border and fears that investors may flee the nation's tar sands industry.

  • • Axa Insurance Won’t Play Tar Sands Game
    Insurance Giant Axa Dumps
    Investments In Tar Sands Pipelines

    Dec 12, 2017 -Axa will also stop insuring US oil pipelines for business and ethical reasons, taking fossil fuel divestment to new level

    They’re also quadrupling their divestment from coal businesses and increasing its green investments fivefold by 2020. The moves were announced at the One Planet Summit in Paris, called by the French president, Emmanuel Macron, to accelerate the use of global finance in fighting climate change.

    Click now for more from  The Guardian.

  • • Huge XL Pipeline Fuel Leak
    Keystone Oil Pipeline Leaks in South
    Dakota, as Nebraska Weighs XL

    Nov 16, 2017- TransCanada Corp (TRP.TO) shut part of its Keystone oil pipeline system after a 5,000-barrel leak in South Dakota, the company said on Thursday, four days before neighboring Nebraska was set to decide on the company’s long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline.

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Biden Kills Keystone XL Permit Again
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Jan. 20, 2021 - President Biden formally announced on Wednesday he was revoking a key permit for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, the second time a Democratic administration has scuttled the $8 billion project in less than a decade. Biden's action was part of a series of executive orders on his first day in office that included revoking “permits signed over the past 4 years that do not serve the U.S. national interest, including revoking the Presidential permit granted to the Keystone XL pipeline.”

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EPA Confirms Keystone XL
Fails President’s Climate Test

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Feb. 3, 2015 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) drove what may prove to be the final nail in the coffin for the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline in comments released today, linking the project to an expansion of the tar sands and a significant increase in greenhouse case emissions.

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The Keystone XL pipeline would have transported toxic tar sands from under Canada’s Boreal forest 2,000 miles to the Gulf of Mexico to be refined and exported. Approving the pipeline would bring increased production of one of the dirtiest, most polluting forms of oil over the coming decades. Note: Mouse over the NRDC logo for a map showimg the proposed pipeline route.
Tar sands oil is not only difficult, costly and energy-intensive to produce but also • dirtier and more corrosive than conventional oil. Leaks and spills threaten rivers, aquifers and communities all along the route.

• Stopping the Keystone Pipeline

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• Canadian Firm Proposes
New Nebraska
Oil Pipeline Route
Omaha Ne, Associated Press - Sept 5, 2012 -The latest proposed Keystone XL pipeline route is TransCanada's second attempt to satisfy state environmental regulators. The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality said in July that the initial revised route crossed land that could erode easily and passed near unconfined aquifers that supply drinking water to residents and livestock.

• Activists block Texas site

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• TransCanada Gets Key
Go-ahead for Final
Southern Leg of
Pipeline Project
Washington Post/Bloomberg, July 27, 2012
The permits dealt a blow to efforts by national environmental groups to slow the momentum behind the southern leg of the project — now also known as the Gulf Coast project. Those groups, including Friends of the Earth and the Sierra Club, have urged their Texas supporters to send comments to the Army Corps, which governs pipeline permits there. The groups have highlighted dangers linked to wetlands and rivers.

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A Crude Handful

Actual lump of tar sands crude
From Inside Climate News, A Dilbit Primer:  How It's Different from Conventional Oil?
When emergency responders rushed to Marshall, Mich. on July 26, 2010, they found that the Kalamazoo River had been blackened by more than one million gallons of oil. They didn't discover until more than a week later that the ruptured pipeline had been carrying diluted bitumen, also known as dilbit, from Canada's tar sands region.
Cleaning it up would challenge them in ways they had never imagined. Instead of taking a couple of months, as they originally expected, nearly two years later the job still isn't complete.

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