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Opposing Trump’s Keystone XL Pipeline Decision

The ECOreport talks to some of the parties opposing Trump’s Keystone XL pipeline decision

By Roy L Hales

A week has passed since Donald John Trump announced “the official approval of the presidential permit for the Keystone X L pipeline.” Disregarding opposition from local communities, Native Americans and environmentalists, Trump said “TransCanada will finally be allowed to complete this long over-due project with efficiency and with speed.” today a coalition of environmental groups opposing Trump’s Keystone XL pipeline decision responded by filing a lawsuit against the United States department of State.
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Plains All American Indited for Santa Barbara Oil Spill

The ECOreport publishes news that Plains All American indited for Santa Barbara Oil Spill

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMA 24-inch pipeline ruptured on May 19, 2015, releasing approximately 101,000 gallons of oil onto the coastal area near Santa Barbara. Some of the oil entered into the ocean, creating a nine mile long oil slick. According to an article in the LA Times, the rupture occurred because “corrosion had eaten away nearly half” of the pipeline’s metal wall. Most of the spilled oil was not recovered. A California state Grand jury tried the company responsible and now word comes that Plains All American has been indicted for causing the Santa Barbara Oil Spill.

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Portland Decides On November 4

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMFive months ago, Mayor Charles Hales made an abrupt about face on a proposed $500 million propane export facility. Previously a supporter of this project, he became its’ most determined opponent. The Port of Portland’s executive director, Bill Wyatt, claims this change of heart was motivated by the city’s election in 2016. Hales says, “At some point, those of us in power have to listen to those who put us there.” Now the city council is considering resolutions to ban new “infrastructure whose primary purpose is transporting or storing fossil fuels in or through Portland or adjacent waterways” and also any new rail projects to crude “through the City of Portland the City of Vancouver.” Portland Decides On November 4.

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The US Has More Oil Spills Than We Thought

An average of 5 oil, or gas, incidents a week; more than 3 million gallons are spilled in the US spilled every year. (The numbers are even  higher in Canada, see the bottom of the page).

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The US has more oil spills than we thought and the number doubled after production increased six years ago.

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Vancouver calling on Feds for Local Referendum on Pipeline

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Vancouver will not be holding a plebiscite next November, instead the City Council will be calling on the Canadian Government “to provide for any local government affected by Kinder Morgan’s proposed Trans Mountain pipeline and tanker expansion project to hold a referendum under the federal Referendum Act.” The referendum is to be held after the hearings and conducted according to the process outlined in the federal Elections Act – which includes contribution and spending limits and a ban on corporate and union donations – and would be paid for by the Federal Government.
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Oil Spills As Keystone XL’s Principal Threat to Environment

The ECOreport publishes news that US State Department Identified Oil Spills as Keystone XL’s Principal Threat to Environment

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMThe US State Department environmental assessment identified oil spills as the Keystone XL’s  principal threat to environment. The report relies upon a  Canadian Government study for its analysis of environmental impacts North of the border. The US segment of the pipeline is expected to have CO2 emissions – from “fuel use in construction vehicles and equipment, as well as, land clearing activities including open burning, and indirectly from electricity usage” – that will be the equivalent of 300,000 cars. “Climate changes are anticipated to occur regardless of any potential effects from the proposed Project,”  the report states, but it also showed there is a substantial risk of a major oil spill. There were 1,692 pipeline “incidents” in the US during the six month period they studied. (1,027 of these were from the equipment used on pipelines and 321 were directly connected to pipelines.) There have been mixed reactions to this report.
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Don’t Turn Churchill Into An Oil Terminal

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMEyebrows were raised when Manitoba MP Merv Tweed resigned from the House of Commons to become President of the House of Omnitrax Canada Inc, but there was nothing illegal about his action. The only potential restriction, a House Ethic Committee recommendation that former politicians be prohibited from lobbying the government right after they resign, was never implemented. Now Tweed’s company is at the center of another legislative conundrum. Omnitrax Canada has already invested $10 million tin a pilot project for transporting up to 3.3 million barrels of crude oil, a year, out through the Port of Churchill. They are meeting with considerable resistance from local communities, First Nations and a possible threat from legislation the Manitoba Government is introducing.
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Impending Hearings on BC’s Kinder Morgan Pipeline

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMThe next act in what some are already calling a struggle to Save the Salish Sea began on December 16, 2013, when Kinder Morgan filed an application to build and extend the 1,150-mile-long Trans Mountain pipeline that brings oil from Alberta to BC’s Lower Mainland. The impending hearings on BC’s Kinder Morgan Pipeline project could shape the province’s environmental prospects for decades.
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What Has Fracking Got To Do With San Diego?

What is the potential impact?

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMAlarming as the map above appears, there probably are not any immediate plans to frack the waters off San Diego’s coast. Shell abandoned its Point Loma “core hole” in 1967 and aborted plans to drill similar holes off the coast of Encinitas and La Jolla in 1970. There are also numerous “idle wells” (no longer in use) on the land between Oceanside and the Mexican border. According to statistics obtained from the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources, there are more than 52,000 abandoned sites in California. The existence of these sites is primarily a historical footnote, though one has to wonder why they considered in the past and if there is any possibility that an oil company could become interested in the future. So what has fracking got to do with San Diego? Continue reading What Has Fracking Got To Do With San Diego?