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. Continue reading Opposing Trump’s Keystone XL Pipeline Decision→
A 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.
Five 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.
Vancouver 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. Continue reading Vancouver calling on Feds for Local Referendum on Pipeline→