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December 18, 2014

Communities are celebrating three victories against fracking this week. Quebec, New York and New Brunswick all rejected fracking after years of opposition from communities calling for the protection of community health and the environment.

The Montreal Gazette reported, “Premier Philippe Couillard closed the door on shale gas development in Quebec after an environmental review said its risks outweighed the economic benefits.”

December 18, 2014

The Enbridge Line 4 pipeline, a 796,000 barrels per day pipeline from Alberta to Superior, Wisconsin, has spilled 1,350 barrels of oil at a pumping station in Regina.

Council of Canadians Regina chapter activist Jim Elliott says, "It only took 2 minutes and 26 seconds to spill 1,350 barrels of oil in the latest spill in Regina."

Enbridge's Line 1 to 4 pipelines converge at Lake Superior and from there join with Line 5 which goes around the northern shore of Lake Michigan (and under the Straits of Mackinac) and Line 6 which goes around the southern shore of the lake.

It is not clear at this point how long Line 4 will be shut down because of the leak which is now under investigation. Enbridge said in June that it was building a connection between Line 4 and Line 67 so that barrels could be diverted to Line 67 during a prolonged disruption. Line 67 also runs from Alberta to Wisconsin.

December 18, 2014

Ken KavanaghCouncil of Canadians St. John's chapter activist Ken Kavanagh is calling for public hearings on the Canada-European Union 'free trade' deal in light of the tension between Newfoundland and Labrador premier Paul Davis and prime minister Stephen Harper over a promised $400 million fisheries fund.

December 17, 2014

A new leak of US proposals to the ongoing Trade In Services Agreement (TISA) reveals that US negotiators are seeking sweeping obligations that would lift restrictions on the cross-border movement and storage of data, and other rules that would undermine net neutrality and prohibit requirements that service suppliers site their servers within a specific country.

December 17, 2014

The European Parliament has narrowly voted to allow a weakened Fuel Quality Directive, a modest climate measure to reduce emissions from transport fuel by 6 per cent by 2020, to proceed.

Originally the Directive included a label identifying tar sands as a high carbon fuel, thereby discouraging it's use. This label was removed after heavy, well funded lobbying on the part of federal and Albertan governments, and industry.

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