Call Out In Response To Imminent KXL Decision


By Anonymous for Earth First. On Monday, November 20th, the Public Service Commission, an elected board representing the so-called state of Nebraska, will most likely vote in favor of approving Transcanada’s route for the Keystone XL pipeline through the ancestral home of the Pawnee, Otoe, Ponca, Sioux and Omaha peoples. This vote comes on the heels of large public upheaval against this specific pipeline and a 200,000 gallon oil spill from the original Keystone pipeline this week. This is the last political hurdle the pipeline needs to clear before the state can then begin eminent domain proceedings to seize the few tract of lands that Transcanada currently doesn’t have access too.

Keystone Pipeline Spills Over 200,000 Gallons Of Tar Sands

No Pipelines Under The Potomac Camp To Launch


By No Potomac Pipeline. From Standing Rock to Hancock people are rising up to resist fracked gas pipelines in their community. Following a historic fight in Maryland, where we became the first state with gas reserves to legislatively ban fracking, we still find our communities our under attack by Big Oil and Gas. TransCanada the same company behind the Keystone Pipeline that spilled over 16000 gallons of crude oil on South Dakota land now wants to build a pipeline that would transport fracked gas between Pennsylvania and West Virginia. How are they going to do this? They are going to do it through the shortest and cheapest route by cutting through Maryland and underneath the Potomac River that serves as the source of drinking water for millions of residents in our state and the DC suburbs.

TransCanada's Proposed Potomac River Pipeline Protested

West Virginia resident,Russell Mokhiber, speaks to pipeline opposition advocates at Hancock Town Hall Feb 9, 2017. By Kevin Gilbert for Herald

By Kevin Zeese for Popular Resistance. The protest was a powerful show of community opposition, see Facebook Live video below. People stood silently to show their opposition. Organizers instructed them to stand in a corner silently, but they still took up most of the room. The group than started to sing “Down to the River to Pray,” a Christian folk hymn written by an African American slave describing studying ‘the old fashioned way’ when going down to the river to pay. After singing the group went back to silent protest, standing silently for more than 10 minutes.

TransCanada Engineer Warns: Don’t Trust TransCanada

Explosion from TransCanada natural gas pipeline in Otterburne, Manitoba, January 2014

By Editor for Corporate Crime Reporter – Evan Vokes worked as an engineer for TransCanada for five years — from 2007 to 2012. And right from the beginning, it was clear to Vokes that the company had a hole in its pipeline compliance program. “I found non compliance in the welding specifications at TransCanada,” Vokes told Corporate Crime Reporter in an interview last week. “By December 2007, it was obvious that we had a huge hole in compliance with welding specifications.” You don’t mean a hole in the pipelines. You mean a hole in the compliance programs?

Transcanada'S $15 Billion Suit Against U.S. Is Corporate Nationhood At Its Worst


By Michael Levitin for Occupy – When the NAFTA nations – United States, Canada and Mexico – meet Wednesday for the annual Three Amigos Summit in Ottawa, climate change and clean energy are expected to dominate the agenda. However, a curiously timed $15 billion lawsuit launched last Friday by TransCanada, which is using NAFTA to sue the U.S. government for its rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline, has undercut the very same climate ideals professed by the North American nations.

TransCanada Wins Bid For Underwater Gas Pipeline Across Gulf Of Mexico

By Steve Horn for Desmog – TransCanada, owner of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline currently being contested in federal court and in front of a North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) legal panel, has won a $2.1 billion joint venture bid with Sempra Energy for a pipeline to shuttle gas obtained from hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in Texas’ Eagle Ford Shale basin across the Gulf of Mexico and into Mexico. The 500-mile long Sur de Texas-Tuxpan pipeline, as reported on previously by DeSmog, is part of an extensive pipeline empire TransCanada is building from the U.S. to Mexico.

Montreal Region Rejects Energy East Pipeline

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By Mike De Souza and Charles Mandel for National Observer – The city of Montreal and surrounding communities have come out swinging against TransCanada Corporation’s Energy East pipeline project. “Call a spade a spade,” Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre said at a news conference on Thursday. “It’s a bad project.” Leaders from the 82 communities, which represent nearly four million people, released a report concluding that the pipeline wouldn’t respect their urban development plan since it would go through forests, wetlands and agricultural land.

Acronym TV: Greed Is Not Good


By Dennis Trainor, Jr. for Acronym TV. TransCanada lost its bid to build the Keystone XL pipeline. Now it is using NAFTA and the US Federal courts to seek $15 billion damages – and they way I understand NAFTA, they just might win. All the more reason to make one final push to defeat NAFTA’s big brother in waiting: that Trojan Horse gently knocking at the wall that will usher in a global corporate coup: that is right people, it is time once again to take action against the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

TransCanada Opts To 'Drill First, Ask Later' In Bay Of Fundy

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The Tree reports – TransCanada is taking New Brunswickers by surprise this week, drilling boreholes in the Bay of Fundy for a pipeline project that hasn’t been approved yet. The energy giant is overseeing the Energy East project, a proposed cross-country pipeline that would pump bitumen from Canada’s tar sands all the way to eastern seaports. The National Energy Board, Canada’s regulatory body on energy projects, hasn’t granted TransCanada approval to build the pipeline yet, Canadian media outlet Ricochet received confirmation Thursday that the company will begin conducting tests near the proposed export terminal site.Meme Bay of Fundy According to a report published by the Conservation Council of New Brunswick last week, construction related to the Energy East pipeline would stress endangered whales and sea life in the Bay of Fundy

NE Supreme Court Sides With TransCanada, Not Landowners


Lincoln, NE — In a split decision, the Nebraska Supreme Court ruled on Friday to allow LB 1161 to stand. Four of the seven justices sided with landowners, but we needed five to win — as a “supermajority” of concurring justices is required when constitutional issues are raised. The Nebraska Supreme Court overturned a lower court decision that stated the Unicameral and Governor used an illegal routing process for the Keystone XL pipeline. TransCanada is left with a risky route to defend. The decision is now in Pres. Obama’s hands. This is a bad day for property rights in Nebraska. Private, foreign corporations now know they can buy their way through our state. This ruling does clear the way for the State Department to complete their analysis and for federal agencies to weigh in on risks to water and climate.

An Indigenous Community Evicted A Fracking Crew From Its Territories

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The Unist’ot’en Camp, a pipeline blockade on unsurrendered indigenous land in the interior of British Columbia (BC), peacefully evicted a pipeline crew that was found trespassing in their territories earlier this week. The crew was conducting preliminary work for TransCanada’s Coastal GasLink pipeline project, which the company hopes will carry fracked gas from north eastern BC to Canada’s pacific coast. Where the eviction took place, multiple fracked gas and tar sands pipelines have been planned without consent from the Unist’ot’en clan. The clan has never surrendered their lands, signed treaties, or lost in war to Canada or BC. Under a system of governance that predates Canada by thousands of years, the Unist’ot’en have taken an uncompromising stance: All pipelines are banned from their territories. “We’re not willing to sit down at any table with them because our firm answer is no… An official letter with the clan’s letter heading and the chief’s signature will go to the company and mention that they were evicted off our territory and that they’re not permitted back and that if they come back it’s trespass,” Freda Huson, Unist’ot’en camp’s leader, explained. If TransCanada is caught trespassing again, Unist’ot’en’s laws will be strictly enforced: “They’ll leave without their equipment.”

TransCanada Buys Town’s Silence On Tar Sands Pipeline Proposal

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A small town in Ontario, Canada will be receiving $28,200 from energy company TransCanada Corp. in exchange for not commenting on the company’s proposed Energy East tar sands pipeline project, according to an agreement attached to the town council’s meeting agenda on June 23. Under the terms of deal, the town of Mattawa will “not publicly comment on TransCanada’s operations or business projects” for five years. In exchange for that silence, TransCanada will give Mattawa $28,200, which will ultimately go towards buying a rescue truck for the town. “This is a gag order,” Andrea Harden-Donahue, a campaigner for energy and climate issues with the Council of Canadians, told Bloomberg News. “These sorts of dirty tricks impede public debate on Energy East, a pipeline that comes with significant risks for communities along the route.” The terms of the agreement did not specifically mention the controversial Energy East pipeline, which would carry more than a million barrels of tar sands crude oil across Canada each day. However, the deal is being widely seen as a way for the company to avoid obstacles that may get in the way of the pipeline’s approval — especially considering the obstacles that have long plagued the approval of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline in the United States.

Pipeline Protests For President's Visit


Members of the Cowboy and Indian Alliance, a coalition of tribal members, farmers, ranchers and landowners stretching from Canada to Texas, set up along Highway 1806 at the Cannon Ball Pit Stop, a convenience store a couple miles west of Cannon Ball that served as the gathering point for media covering Obama’s visit. Aldo Seoane, a coordinator for the group who lives in Mission, S.D., on the Rosebud Indian Reservation, struggled against the wind as he tried to pound a wooden post into the ground and hang an orange sign with the words “No permit, no pipeline. Protect land and water” framing a segmented snake labeled with the initials for Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska, three states the pipeline would cross.

TransCanada Considers Rail As Pipeline Progress Slows

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TransCanada Corp is in talks with customers about shipping Canadian crude to the United States by rail as an alternative route as its Keystone XL pipeline project that has been mired in political delays, Chief Executive Russ Girling said on Wednesday. “We are absolutely considering a rail option,” Girling told Reuters on the sidelines of a conference in New York. “Our customers have needed to wait for several years, so we’re in discussions now with them over the rail option.” The comments are the first to confirm growing speculation that TransCanada might use more costly railway shipments as a stopgap alternative to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, whose approval has been delayed by the U.S. government. Girling said the firm was exploring shipping crude by rail from Hardisty in Canada, the main storage and pipeline hub, to Steele City, Nebraska, where it would flow into an existing pipeline to the Gulf refining hub. The Keystone XL pipeline would deliver crude from the oil sands of northern Alberta to the U.S. Gulf Coast. The Obama administration signaled last month that there would be further delays to the regulatory process, which requires approval from the State Department.