The federal Conservatives have decided to mark Earth Day this year, launching a long-promised portal for public access to sensitive environmental data from the oil sands.
Federal Environment Minister Peter Kent and his Alberta counterpart Diana McQueen will be at Carleton University in Ottawa on Monday to flick the switch and allow public scrutiny of new research measuring the quality and quantity of the land, air and water in the Athabasca region.
It's a contrast to the defensive stance the Conservatives have taken on Earth Days past. Last year, hundreds of thousands of people rallied in Montreal and other cities against Ottawa's changes to environmental oversight and its withdrawal from the Kyoto accord to cut emissions.
The head of a powerful congressional committee visited Mayflower Sunday to get a look at the community where a pipeline burst March 29th spilling thousands of barrels of crude oil.
As head of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Congressman Bill Shuster (R-Hollidaysburg) oversees the nation's pipeline system that includes the 20-inch Pegasus line that that flows through Central Arkansas.
"We'll figure out what happened and make sure they make corrections so it doesn't happen again," Shuster said, speaking of ExxonMobil which owns Pegasus.
Shuster was joined by fellow Republican Congressman Tim Griffin(R-Little Rock) for a tour of the spill site. The pair was accompanied by local leaders and federal investigators who are looking into what caused the spill.
Little Rock's Duncan Law Firm has filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of all property owners with a contractual easement on their property for ExxonMobil's Pegasus pipeline.
This is the second lawsuit in two weeks filed against the company over the oil spill that occurred March 29 in Mayflower.
In the first suit, filed April 5, two homeowners are seeking monetary relief for themselves and "all others similarly situated."
That suit lists two damage amounts: one asking for individual damages "in excess of $75,000" and the other "in aggregate" in excess of $5 million.
Arkansas's Attorney General says Exxon will not pay for the state's investigation into the spill.
Last week, Dustin McDaniel requested Exxon pay $4 million. McDaniel says the figure is consistent with federal law, and with requests made from gulf coast states following the Deepwater Horizon Disaster.
McDaniel says his office is discussing other options with Exxon.
Secretary of State John Kerry says he isn’t wading into the State Department’s review of the proposed Keystone XL oil sands pipeline.
At least not yet.
"I am staying as far away from that as I can now so that when the appropriate time comes to me, I am not getting information from any place I shouldn't be, and I am not getting engaged in the debate at a time that I shouldn't be," Kerry told the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday.
Kerry noted the decision would ultimately come to him, but that until then the various steps of the review process aren't complete. "It is not ripe," he said.
Arkansas Republican Rep. Tim Griffin wrote a letter to Exxon Mobil’s CEO in support of relocating the Pegasus pipeline, which ruptured last month, citing concerns over the pipeline’s close proximity to state water supplies.
The letter was written in support of a resolution passed by the Central Arkansas Water utility requiring Exxon Mobil to relocate the pipeline, which spilled about 5,000 barrels of oil in Mayflower, Ark. recently.
Mayflower is located in the 2nd Congressional District in Arkansas, which is represented by Griffin.
Finally, a good excuse for journalists to drink alone.
When three reporters for InsideClimate News found out they won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting on Monday, none were in the same city — Elizabeth McGowan was in Washington, Lisa Song was in Boston and David Hasemyer was in New York.
"We're a virtual organization," said the publisher of the six-year-old Web site, David Sassoon, from his office in New York. So the celebration took place in a telephone conference call; whatever Champagne flowed, flowed in separate locations.
InsideClimate News may be the leanest news start-up ever to be presented with a Pulitzer, journalism’s highest honor, a prize that is typically awarded to regional and national newspapers. It beat out 50 other entrants and two finalists, The Boston Globe and The Washington Post, for the prize.
The New York Times led the Pulitzer Prizes with awards in four categories, including investigative reporting, while InsideClimate News won for the first time for its coverage of regulation of oil pipelines.
The New York Times, owned by New York Times Co. (NYT), also was awarded for explanatory reporting, international reporting and feature writing. InsideClimate News, based in Brooklyn, New York, was given the prize for national reporting.
The 97th annual Pulitzer Prizes for excellence in reporting and the arts were announced today by Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in New York.
A 52-feet section of Exxon Mobil Corp's damaged Arkansas crude oil pipeline will be cut and removed on Monday, the company said.
The portion of the Pegasus pipeline, which ruptured on March 29 resulting in a 5,000-barrel oil spill, will be transported to an independent third-party laboratory for metallurgy testing, the company said in a statement on Sunday.
Early last week, Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, who launched an investigation into the oil spill, said the rupture was more than 22 feet long and two inches wide.
The Pegasus pipeline, which can transport more than 90,000 barrels per day of crude oil from Pakota, Illinois, to Nederland, Texas, was carrying Canadian Wabasca Heavy crude at the time of the spill. This grade is a heavy bitumen crude diluted with lighter liquids to allow it to flow through pipelines.