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The Dirt ~ April 16, 2013

By Der T. Tarsands Tuesday, April 16, 2013 QUOTE OF THE WEEK “It’s crazy. It helps Canada, but it does nothing for the United States. I don’t see why I need to be a mule for Canada to pump its tarsands oil through my ground and through my water. We …

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The Dirt ~ April 10, 2013

By Dirty Tar Sands Wednesday, April 10, 2013 The best weekly review of tar sands and pipelinecampaign news and commentary. QUOTE OF THE WEEK “They’re highly organized, and they know exactly what they’re doing.” ~ John Kingston, writing about opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline for Platts, a leading source of …

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Federal government implements Orwellian rules to limit pipeline oversight

By D. T. Sands Thursday, April 11, 2013 If there’s one thing the Harper government knows it’s this: If you don’t like the rules, just change ‘em. After gutting most of Canada’s federal environmental legislation to expedite tar sands development and pipeline proposals at the behest of the oil industry, …

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More lessons from Arkansas tar sands spill

By DirtyOilSands.org Wednesday, April 10, 2013 All eyes are now on Mayflower, a quaint little suburban town in rural Arkansas surrounded by streams, lakes and wetlands. And now, tar sands crude. On March 29, Exxon’s underground Pegasus Pipeline ruptured, spilling as much as 294,000 gallons of dirty tar sands crude …

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Alison Redford’s Half-Truth Tour

By Mike Hudema | Greenpeace Canada Monday, April 08, 2013 Read this blog post on the originating site Dear Premier Redford: I think Americans and Albertan’s deserve honesty. It’s part of the reason that I wrote you this letter after your very misleading USA Today ad. But rather than be honest about …

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Barrier to public participation in upcoming pipeline hearings

By Environmental Defence & Greenpeace Canada Friday, April 05, 2013 Read this blog post on the originating site Toronto, ON – New undemocratic rules are creating a barrier to public participation in upcoming National Energy Board (NEB) hearings into the proposal for Enbridge’s Line 9 oil pipeline. For the first …

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The Dirt :: Double Issue :: April 3, 2013

By DirtyOilSands.org Wednesday, April 03, 2013 QUOTE OF THE WEEK “The Mayflower tar sands spill is another warning of the potential costs of the tar sands industry’s reckless expansion plans … [and] offers us a small sample of the risk that tar sands pipelines pose to American communities.” ~ Anthony …

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Does Tar Sand Oil Increase the Risk of Pipeline Spills?

By David Biello | Scientific American Thursday, April 04, 2013 Read this blog post on the originating site An oil flood through an Arkansas subdivision on March 29 is just the most recent example of pipeline problems in the U.S. In recent weeks, months and years diesel has leaked from …

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Exxon’s Arkansas Tar Sands Spill: The Tar Sands Name Game

By Anthony Swift | Natural Resources Defense Council Tuesday, April 02, 2013 Read this blog post on the originating site As the American public becomes acquainted with images of tar sands flowing across lawns, driveways and streets of an Arkansas suburb near Little Rock (for video of the spill go here), …

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Because ‘Bitumen is not Oil,’ Pipelines Carrying Tar Sands Crude Don’t Pay into US Oil Spill Fund

By CAROL LINNITT | DeSmog Canada Tuesday, April 02, 2013 As Think Progress has just reported, a bizarre technicality allowed Exxon Mobil to avoid paying into the federal oil spill fund responsible for cleanup after the company’s Pegasus pipeline released 12,000 barrels of tar sands oil and water into the town of Mayflower, Arkansas. …

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Lobbyist appointed as Alberta’s new top energy regulator

By ANDREW NIKIFORUK | THE TYEE Tuesday, April 02, 2013 Read this blog post on the originating site The Alberta government has appointed the founding president of the Canada’s most powerful oil and gas group as well as an active energy lobbyist to head its new energy regulator. Gerald Protti, …

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Tar sands spill in Arkansas is a warning of the risks of tar sands pipelines

By Anthony Swift | Natural Resources Defense Council Monday, April 01, 2013 Read this blog post on the originating site On Friday afternoon, Exxon’s Pegasus pipeline ruptured, spilling between 80,000 and 420,000 gallons of tar sands diluted bitumen in a suburban neighborhood in Mayflower, Arkansas. In 2010, a similar tar …

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The Dirt :: March 19, 2013

By DirtyOilSands.org Tuesday, March 19, 2013 QUOTE OF THE WEEK “The provincial ad totally misses the point in identifying that greenhouse gas emissions are minimal when oilsands are extracted…. Today’s bottom line is whether taxpayers should be paying to lobby for projects instead of being welcome to effectively contribute to …

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Enbridge’s Nose Grows a lot Longer

By National Wildlife Federation Thursday, March 14, 2013 Read this blog post on the originating site In a recent hearing to determine the fate of the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline project, Enbridge told regulators, decision makers and the public that tar sands oil floats in water. This is according to an …