How long are the people of North America going to allow these oil train accidents to continue? Above all, when are we going to insist on a limit to their size and frequency? They are one mile long and up to 100 - 120 cars passing through cities and towns across the continent. Train tracks originally meant to connect cities now go through heavily populated areas. They also go along rivers so that when there is a derailment our rivers are endangered by the spills. New regulations are about prevention and clean up response but what about regulations limiting the permits and the size of these trains?
Just as the glow from the protection of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge was burning, this plan arrives on the scene. (I find it strange to call this area a Wildlife Refuge when hunting has been going on for centuries.) But all those years of hunting did not harm the flora and fauna of the Refuge in the way that fossil fuel extraction would have done.
Now the plan that the President first introduced a week before the BP death gusher in 2010 is being resurrected to appease the Republicans & Democrats in Southern states.
Standing on side of campaigners, local mayor vows to wage 'war' against fossil fuel giant and federal government to defend community
Ongoing protests in British Columbia to stop a tar sands pipeline project by fossil fuel giant Kinder Morgan escalated on Thursday night after 26 protesters were violently arrested.
Those arrested also included protesters who refused to comply with an injunction issued earlier in the week ordering them to move from their encampment on the mountain.
In response, Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan promised that he was ready to fight a "war" in the courts with the federal government.
"This is going to be a war, and it’s going to be one that carries on for a number of years,” Corrigan told the Province. "The bigger argument that needs to be fought is: How much can the federal government impose its will on local governments and the ability of people to make local decisions? That’s really the quintessential issue that takes this beyond a merely local situation to being one that attracts interest from municipalities right across Canada."
In June, an independent poll found that more than 60 percent of Burnaby residents oppose Kinder Morgan's development proposal to invest $5.4 billion into expanding an existing tar sands pipeline and storage terminal—which the city says would lead to seven times as many oil tankers using the nearby Burrard Inlet each year.
As the vote total was announced, protesters disrupted the Senate session with First Nations-style singing and chants. Earlier, protesters crashed the offices of senators who were set to vote on the issue.
Bill 2280 would have authorized Calgary-based TransCanada Corp., the company behind the project, "to construct, connect, operate, and maintain the pipeline and cross-border facilities" as specified in an application the company filed in 2012.
Prior to the vote, 59 senators had publicly voiced support and the hunt was on for the 60th vote needed to advance the measure.
Even if passed, the bill was not expected to pass muster with U.S. President Barack Obama, who had hinted strongly he would veto the bill, which is designed to short-circuit the White House's own environmental review process.
There was a gun fight inside Parilament which is now in lock-down. They believe that a shooter is still in the parliament buildings.
- 1 shooter dead, 1 still believed at large in downtown Ottawa.
- Police searching cars leaving Ottawa trying to go to Quebec.
- Report of additional shots fired near Chateau Laurier Hotel, east of Parliament Hill.
- Police going door to door in downtown core; downtown schools in lockdown.
- All three main party leaders, Harper, Mulcair and Trudeau, reported safe.
The soldier who was shot [shortly before 10:00 am EDT] in Ottawa Wednesday morning is a reservist serving in Hamilton from the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada, a source has told CBC News.
Members of the Argylls were standing guard at the National War Memorial in Ottawa this week. “The call came in that one of the soldiers has been heard from and is OK,” the source said. No information has been released about the soldier who was shot, the source said.
There was a big drive towards carbon capture and storage or CCS ten years ago but it slowed to a crawl. It is very expensive and it is experimental. Many people are suspicious of the storage deep in the earth or in the deep ocean.
This is carbon capture
On August 4, 2014 the wall of a settling pond full of toxic mining waste from the Mount Polley mine broke and allowed a river of toxic sludge into Quesnel Lake in northern British Columbia. On August 6, 2014 I wrote a diary Massive toxic sludge spilled into pristine wilderness. The Mount Polley Mine owned by Imperial Metals Corp. has been closed since the spill and continues to be shut down for maintenance and clean-up. Although many experts say a clean-up is impossible, the heavy metals have settled into the lakes and rivers.
- August 24, 2014, the Health Ministry for the area issued a new ban on drinking water.
- August 26, 2014, David Suzuki weighs in with a Wake-Up Call for Canada's Mining Industry.
- September 1, 2014, Imperial Metals Corp. boosted the original estimate of the spill.
- September 2, 2014 after areal photographs were taken Damien Gillis reported that
Mount Polley spill may be far bigger than initially revealed.
This morning on my Facebook page there was the headline from DeSmog.ca on Canada's war on science and I thought you might want to know a little more about what is happening to that once free and open country to the North of you.
The title is from "What Then Must We Do?" Tolstoy's 1886 book. It was used in Peter Weir's film The Year of Living Dangerously by the character Billy Kwan. It's also the title of the book I am reading "What Then Must We do?: Straight Talk about the next American Revolution" by Gar Alperovitz.
The question really is, now that we know what is wrong, what is killing the planet and putting living creatures on a path towards extinction, what are we going to do about? We need to take action. Historically, marches and demonstrations have worked, even in dictatorships, because they make governments and policy-makers pay attention. The Climate March will inform them that this issue of Climate Change/Global Warming is very important to us.
Last week I posted this diary:
Massive Toxic sludge spilled into pristine wilderness
There were questions in the comments like "how could this happen?" and "what are the people of BC saying about this?" I began this diary as a follow-up with some answers to those questions. However, as I started to research the follow-up I hit more and more information on the Pebble Mine, proposed in beautiful Bristol Bay. A mine that will be 10 times the size of the Mount Polley Mine. The mining company for Pebble Mine has hired the same designers that built the toxic pond for the Mount Polley strip mine shown above This diary hopes to answer the questions about how this disaster could happen and what the people are saying about it in British Columbia, Canada. At the same time, I'm hoping to alert people that the same thing could happen to the tailings pond in the proposed Pebble Mine, Alaska. There is still time to stop that mine. Links below.
scarred and shaken. CBC
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