The ECOreport publishes news that US State Department Identified Oil Spills as Keystone XL’s Principal Threat to Environment
By Roy L Hales
The 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. Continue reading Oil Spills As Keystone XL’s Principal Threat to Environment→
The ECOreport looks into the demonstration in Washington, February 17: Say No to Climate Change!
By Roy L Hales
President Obama was reputedly playing golf, in Florida, when a crowd estimated to number somewhere between 20,000 and 50,000gathered under the shadow of the Washington Monument on Sunday. Students, scientists, indigenous community members and many others from more than 30 states (including Hawaii and California) as well as a number of Canadians joined together in the largest climate rally in U.S. history. Continue reading Washington, February 17: Say No to Climate Change!→