Andrea Harden-Donahue's blog
I recently returned from Vancouver where I had the opportunity to visit frontline Kinder Morgan sites and connect with people involved in opposing the 890,000 barrel twinning of the tar sands pipeline.
All eyes on Federal Court of Appeals:
This past October the Federal Court of Appeals heard oral arguments on the 15 consolidated challenges to the federal approval of Kinder Morgan’s pipeline and terminal.
The Facebook event states, "Kinder Morgan does not have consent from the majority of the nations whose territories the pipeline aims to cross. KM has already violated its environmental conditions by polluting rivers with plastic and interfering with salmon."
The climate pollution stopped from phasing out coal-fired power in Ontario and Alberta is exceeded by the climate pollution that could be generated by the Kinder Morgan and Line 3 tar sands pipelines if they are built.
The Nebraska Public Service Commission today rejected TransCanada's preferred route for the Keystone XL pipeline in a vote five to zero.
Today is a good day. We stopped Energy East. Some are trying to make this about partisan fighting
or suggesting it was a simple market decision. In no small irony this is happening at the same time as the costs of climate chaos in extreme weather events is dominated the news.
The fact is, the death of Energy East has been written on the wall for a while now.
Be it the threats to tar sands expansion and the transport of diluted bitumen, drinking water contamination, violation of Indigenous rights or TransCanada’s poor spill record, Energy East was facing a wall of opposition and had no chance of proceeding.
Sales pitch for a 1.1 million barrel per day pipeline on Earth Day? Whose brilliant idea was that.
Today, on Earth Day, The Ottawa Chamber of Commerce invited TransCanada’s Stefan Baranski (Ontario Director) to deliver a speech called “Energy East: New Jobs, Investment and Growth for Ontario.” It’s part of the organization’s regular Eggs ‘N Icons breakfast series.
What is radical? It's certainly a label Indigenous, social justice and environmental activists wore frequently during Harper years. It's now a label being widely used in the mainstream media to frame the Leap Manifesto (along with a whole lot of other colourful adjectives).
Natural Resources Minister Carr and Environment and Climate Change Minister McKenna just concluded a press conference announcing new rules for pipeline projects.
We are coming up to the crucial final 24 hours for the UN negotiations in Paris, aimed at agreeing on a new global treaty on climate change.
In my previous blog I attempted to map out some of the critical issues during the talks and whether or not they are on track towards the type of agreement we need. Unfortunately, by and large my answer was no. And I stand by that assessment, based on the updated draft being discussed.
There is a lot at stake with this federal election, including our capacity to start addressing climate change, the most pressing issue of our time. Putting a freeze on further tar sands expansion and related infrastructure is a critical step, yet two of the major opposition parties has not made these commitments. So far, we have mostly vague promises of an improved process for reviewing tar sands pipelines.