THE ECOreport reposts an OP-Ed: the Western States Petroleum Association’s grip on California, Sacramento’s Biggest Corporate Lobby
by Dan Bacher
This is a revised transcript of a short speech that I gave at the end of the “Changefest rally” held on the north steps of the State Capitol in Sacramento on January 21. I will post a report on the rally later.
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The ECOreport looks into Oregon Introduced Legislation Protecting Communities Against Oil-By-Rail Spills
By Roy L Hales
Though both Washington and California call for rail companies to submit oil spill contingency plans, this is not yet a requirement in Oregon. Legislation was introduced in 2015, but the railway industry successfully lobbied against it. This could be changing. On Tuesday January 3, 2016, Oregon introduced legislation protecting communities against oil-by-rail spills.
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The ECOreport reposts a story from Alberta, Oilsands tailings Ponds back in the spotlight
Originally Published on the Pembina Institute
By Jodi McNeill
Criticism of the oilsands’ environmental impact has been muted recently. With an economic slump that has slowed the rate of oilsands expansion and significant steps forward on climate change policy in the province and federally, it’s easy for old problems to slip from public view. One facet of the oilsands that has dropped in prominence compared to its heyday as environmental headliner nearly a decade ago is the problem of oilsands tailings waste. While the issue may have disappeared from the headlines, it’s not because this toxic legacy has been resolved.
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The ECOreport reposts news from California, Sacramento To Vote On Standing Rock Resolution
Originally posted on the Daily KOS
by Dan Bacher
In a surprisingly quick action, the Sacramento City Council on Tuesday night voted to put a resolution in support of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s struggle against the Dakota Access Pipeline on the consent calendar for the next council meeting on December 6 starting at 6 pm.
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The ECOreport looks at responses after Canada approved Kinder Morgan’s pipeline expansion
By Roy L Hales
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley applauded the Prime Minister’s “extraordinary leadership.” Peter McCartney of the Wilderness Committee calls it “a betrayal of promises made in the last election to act on science, gain public approval and respect Indigenous rights.” There are already 7 legal challenges of this project underway, and more will follow. The government of Canada approved Kinder Morgan’s pipeline expansion, “subject to 157 binding conditions.”
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The ECOreport reposts news of a Californian measure passed in the election, Monterey County Bans Fracking
Originally Published on the Daily KOS
by Dan Bacher
The 2016 election results are grim for those who care about water, the environment, the public trust, human rights and the future of this country. But there is one major grassroots environmental victory to celebrate in California — the passage of measure Z to ban fracking in Monterey County, the first major-oil producing county in California to do so.
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The ECOreport reposts an EIA analysis, Russian Petroleum Companies During The Oil Glut
Originally Published on the US Energy Information Administration
By Justine Barden
Russian federal revenue from oil and natural gas production has declined significantly in response to low oil prices. However, Russian oil and natural gas companies’ capital investment programs have been less affected, if at all. Russia’s two main hydrocarbon taxes are calculated by formulas that result in lower tax rates at lower crude oil prices. As oil prices fall, petroleum companies retain a larger share of revenue, but government revenues from oil and natural gas production fall even faster than prices.
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The ECOreport reposts news from Washington State, Shell’s proposed Anacortes Oil By Rail Project Abandoned
Originally Published on Friends of the San Juan Islands
By Katie Fleming
Shell Puget Sound Refinery announced on October 6th that it is dropping its plans to construct a crude oil-by-rail facility at March Point near Anacortes. This proposal will no longer threaten communities across the Northwest by increasing the risk of derailments, devastating explosions, and toxic spills in Padilla Bay and the larger Salish Sea.
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The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED from Washington state, Tesoro Savage’s revised Application Does Not Lessen Risks connected to their Proposed Oil-By-Rail Terminal in Vancouver, WA
Originally Published on Stand Up To Oil
This week, Tesoro Savage submitted a revised application for its Vancouver Energy proposal to Washington’s Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC). The Stand Up to Oil Campaign will review Tesoro Savage’s new information in the coming days, but nothing presented can detract from the inherent recklessness of Tesoro Savage’s plan to increase dangerous trains of crude oil rumbling through Spokane, Vancouver, and the Columbia River Gorge. And hundreds of oil tankers each year will dramatically increase oil spill risks in the Columbia River Estuary.
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The ECOreport reposts news about the environmental study for Grays Harbor’s crude-by-rail facility
Press Release from Washington Dungeness Crab Fishermen’s Association, Grays Harbor Audubon, Stand Up to Oil Campaign & Quinault Indian Nation
Hoquiam, WA – The Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for Westway Terminal Company’s proposed crude-by-rail facility at the Port of Grays Harbor was released today amidst widespread opposition and calls for the City of Hoquiam to deny a permit. After a successful challenge to the original permit, this FEIS has gone through public review with overwhelming opposition. This is the final review stop before the City of Hoquiam can make a permit decision.
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