Earlier this month, TransCanada said it had secured 20-year commitments for a total 500,000 bpd for the notorious Keystone XL pipeline that should carry Albertan heavy crude to U.S. refineries in the Midwest. The project received the support of the Alberta government as well. And yet TransCanada has not made a final investment decision on the project. Will it ever? Keystone XL is a controversial project and is only getting more controversial with time as opposition against oil and gas infrastructure in North America grows. In November 2017, a group of environmental organizations claimed an important victory in their battle against the Keystone XL oil pipeline project. A federal judge granted approval for their lawsuit against the presidential administration for its decision to greenlight the project that was vetoed by the previous administration. Then there’s regulation and permits. So far, TransCanada has cleared all major regulatory hurdles, although the last one proved tricky. After being dumped by the previous U.S. administration and revived last year by President Trump, Keystone XL scored a major win in November: the Nebraska Public Service Commission (PSC) gave the project the go-ahead. Nebraska’s regulators, however, approved an order for the Mainline Alternative Route for the pipeline out of the three TransCanada had proposed— the other two being the company’s Preferred Route and the Sandhills Alternative Route. Now, TransCanada is reviewing the alternative route, which is longer than the one it prefers, and delaying its final decision
Right now in Canada, we have an NDP Premier implementing an embargo against Canadian winemakers in support of keeping her province's economy afloat through the expansion of a Houston based pipeline company. I can't even believe how idiotic we look. 🤯😡 Canada, I think its time for a history lesson because we need to realize that we have given away our resources and with it our ability to build a healthy and safe future. 💸💸💸 . . . . "In 1973, world oil prices quadrupled due to the Arab oil embargo following the Yom Kippur War. The province of Alberta had substantial oil reserves, whose extraction had long been controlled by American corporations. The government of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and the opposition New Democratic Party felt that these corporations geared most of their production to the American market, and as a result, little of the benefit of rising oil prices went to Canadians. The bill to create a publicly run oil company was introduced by the New Democratic Party in 1973. Trudeau's Liberals were then in a minority government and dependent upon the support of the NDP to stay in power. The idea also fit with the growing movement toward economic nationalism within the Liberals. The Liberals and NDP passed the bill over the opposition of the Progressive Conservative Party led by Robert Stanfield." As a result of this bill Petro-Canada was founded as a Crown Corporation in 1975 by an act of Parliament. "Buy Petro-Canada and pump your money back into Canada"; "Petro-Canada: It's Ours"; "Canada First" . . . . . . Post 1/3 📷 @envirodefence Info: @wikipedia #cdnpoli#canadianhistory#keepitintheground#tankerfreebc#drinkbcwine#pinotnotpipelines#stopkindermorgan#capitalismsucks#forthepeoplebythepeople#waterissacred#environmentaljustice#climatechangeisreal#wecannotdrinkoil
B.C. First Nations groups are hoping to throw another wrench in Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline by amassing Indigenous people and their supporters on Burnaby Mountain to further delay the project. umen restriction Members of the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation are calling for a mass demonstration on Burnaby Mountain in March. They expect hundreds of Indigenous people and their supporters to join from across Canada. "I'll do whatever it takes to keep this beautiful British Columbia," said Cedar George, a member of the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation. His community directly faces Burnaby, one of the cities that Trans Mountain's pipeline expansion will go through. He says a spill could negatively impact his people's traditional diet and way of life and while the provincial government has already delayed the project, he wants to be sure it doesn't go ahead at all. In a statement, Trans Mountain told the CBC: "We support the right to peacefully and lawfully express opinions and views about our Project, and we understand that not everyone supports the expansion." It added "we're confident we can build and operate this Project in a way that respects the values and priorities of Canadians and in respect of the environment." For George though, it's not a matter of if a spill happens, but when. "Ninety per cent of our diet came from that water. We are being stewards of the land and when we see an immediate threat to the water, it's time for us to stand up and delay this project," George said.
Just days after the House passed its version of the federal tax law slashing corporate tax rates, House Speaker Paul Ryan collected nearly $500,000 in campaign contributions from billionaire energy mogul Charles Koch and his wife, according to a recent campaign donor report. Koch and his brother David spent millions of dollars to get the tax law passed and are spending millions more in a public relations campaign in an attempt to boost support for the law, The Wall Street Journal reported. Koch Industries, one of the largest private corporations in the nation, operates refineries and manufactures a variety of products. The new tax law — which slices corporate tax rates from 35 percent to 21 percent, slashes estate taxes and includes a special deduction for oil and gas investors — is expected to save the Koch brothers and their businesses billions of dollars in taxes. Just 13 days after the tax law was passed, Charles Koch and his wife, Elizabeth, donated nearly $500,000 to Ryan’s joint fundraising committee, according to a campaign finance report filed Thursday. Five other donors, including billionaire businessmen Jeffery Hildebrand and William Parfet, each contributed $100,000 in the last quarter of 2017, according to the records. “It looks like House Speaker Ryan is quickly being rewarded for passing this legislation that overwhelmingly benefits the Kochs and billionaires like them,” Adam Smith, spokesman for campaign finance reform nonprofit Every Voice, told the International Business Times, which first reported the Koch contributions.