Several police cars were torched and at least 40 people arrested Thursday during an anti-fracking protest near native land in Maritime Canada.
The violence erupted after the Royal Canadian Mounted Police moved in to arrest demonstrators and remove a blockade that members of the Elsipogtog First Nation erected two weeks to stop a shale gas project in Rexton, New Brunswick. The Elsipogtog claim hydraulic fracturing, popularly known as fracking, could irreparably damage their land and the surrounding area.
Witnesses estimated that at least 100 police faced off against several hundred demonstrators, according to news reports.
TransCanada Corp. (TRP), Canada’s second-largest pipeline company by market value, expects a U.S. ruling on the Keystone XL pipeline in the first quarter of 2014.
The current U.S. government shutdown isn't causing a "material delay" in the State Department's review of the $5.3 billion pipeline, Alex Pourbaix, TransCanada's president of energy and oil pipelines, said today at a conference in Calgary, where the company is based. TransCanada expects a final environmental impact statement from the department "this fall," he said.
"It does appear a lot of the work is getting done at the agencies," Pourbaix told reporters.
An inspection of a pipeline that leaked 20,600 barrels of oil near here showed a "serious problem," but the company did not receive the test results until after the spill occurred, a North Dakota state regulator said.
In addition, Tesoro Logistics had not fully installed real-time pressure monitoring and automatic shut-down devices to the pipeline and was in the process of doing so at the time of the spill, said Lynn Helms, director of the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources.
Helms makes several comments about the pipeline break in an email to his daughter obtained by Forum News Service. Helms' agency does not have jurisdiction over pipelines, but he said in an interview Tuesday that Tesoro Logistics has been giving him updates about the oil spill, which is the largest in North Dakota since the Bakken boom began.
The 20-year-old Tesoro Logistics pipeline formerly ran to the Tesoro refinery in Mandan, Helms said. After sitting idle for about 10 years, the line was reversed to transport Bakken crude to a rail facility at Columbus, near the Canadian border, and resumed service in August, Helms said.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to review whether the Environmental Protection Agency has the power to require greenhouse gas permits for big, stationary pollution sources such as power plants, factories and refineries.
The justices said in an order that they would review "whether EPA permissibly determined that its regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from new motor vehicles triggered permitting requirements under the Clean Air Act for stationary sources that emit greenhouse gases."
Oral arguments in the case are expected to take place in early 2014.
An array of industry and conservative groups and states had urged the high court to conduct a much more sweeping review. They had asked the court to review every piece of a sweeping appeals court decision in 2012 that upheld the EPA's first wave of climate change regulations and the agency's power to impose future rules.
But industry groups nonetheless cheered the Supreme Court's announcement.
Russia denied bail on Monday to the American captain of a Greenpeace ship and another activist who are among 30 environmentalists arrested on charges of piracy over a protest at an Arctic drilling platform.
Captain Peter Willcox and Greenpeace activist Camila Speziale, 21, who has Italian and Argentinian citizenship, had appealed against an order that they be held in pre-trial detention through late November.
Decisions on Arctic Sunrise crew members Cristian D'Alessandro of Italy and David John Haussmann of New Zealand were expected later on Monday.
This graph shows projections from the International Energy Agency and as you can see, renewable energy is about to take off to historic highs.
It shows renewable energy growing faster than natural gas around 2015 and almost catching up with coal in 2035.
While it may be surprising that coal is still king that far in the future, that will likely change as countries get much more serious about climate change long before that.
Although Europe used more coal during the "unusual" cold temperatures last winter, the trend is down again. About 28 gigawatts (GW) of coal plants are slated to close by 2020, while the EU has commitments for 161 GW of new renewable energy capacity by then.
New coal plants that have recently come online in the EU are vastly more efficient and few additional plants are planned beyond 2015.
Five prominent Canadian environmentalists told Washington lawmakers this week that the Keystone XL pipeline will lead to such a huge growth in oilsands' carbon emissions, it will help tip the world into catastrophic climate change.
The environmentalists, who included broadcaster and scientist David Suzuki, came to the U.S. capital to counter what they claim is a disinformation campaign waged over the last eight months by Canadian politicians.
A Tesoro Logistics LP pipeline has spilled more than 20,000 barrels of crude oil into a North Dakota wheat field, the biggest leak in the state since it became a major U.S. producer.
The six-inch pipeline was carrying crude oil from the Bakken shale play to the Stampede rail facility outside Columbus, North Dakota. The affected part of the line has been shut down, Tesoro said.
Farmer Steven Jensen discovered the leak on Sept. 29 while harvesting wheat on his 1,800-acre farm, about nine miles northeast of Tioga, North Dakota.
Oil was gushing from the pipeline "like a faucet, 4 to 6 inches spewing out," said Jensen, who added that nearby wheat plants were ruined.
It was unlike any Labor Day Ryan Louis had experienced.
As hundreds of pipefitters and welders arrived at Husky Energy's Sunrise project for their weeks-long shifts, a company spokesperson told the crew of approximately 270 this would be their last.
An equal number of temporary foreign workers brought in by Saipem, a non-union Italian company specializing in oil and gas construction projects.
Over the next 30 days, dozens of temporary foreign workers from Mexico, Ireland, Portugal and Italy were arriving at the site 60 kilometers north of Fort McMurray, waiting for turnover.
By Sept. 27, the original workers—all contractors with Toronto-based Black & MacDonald—were gone.
"Layoffs are pretty standard when there's no work to be done, but there was plenty of work for us to do out there," said Louis, a commuter from Napanee, Ont. and an active member of Pipefitters Local 488 in Edmonton. "Plain and simple, a bunch of qualified Canadian citizens who needed work were replaced."
A federal appeals court Wednesday said a lower court was correct when it refused to temporarily stop construction of what is intended to be the southern end of the Keystone XL pipeline and carry oil from Oklahoma to refineries along the Gulf Coast.
The Sierra Club, Clean Energy Future of Oklahoma and the East Texas Sub Regional Planning Commission had sued the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, saying the project posed significant environmental hazards and shouldn't have been approved. The groups sought an order that would have stopped work on the pipeline while the lawsuit was being heard, but a district court denied that request last year.
In a split decision, a panel of judges on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver upheld the ruling, saying the groups couldn't prove that potential environmental harm would surpass concrete economic harm that the pipeline's builders would see.